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With summer programs quickly approaching, anxiety about putting your child on a plane by themself might be building up. Did I make the right decision? Am I crazy sending my child to the other side of the world with complete strangers? Will my child be in good hands? We recently wrote to some parents of…
For alumni interested in nonprofit work and development, check out the Development Ambassador position. This volunteer position is through the Rustic Pathways Foundation and is available to alumni of all ages. We are recruiting passionate and creative fundraisers who are eager to represent our global projects with integrity while helping us to reach our ambitious…
[caption id="attachment_6822" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Brent Watkins, vice president of program operations[/caption] Happy Friday! Recently, our very own Brent Watkins, vice president of program operations, talked with goabroad.com about his experiences working with Rustic, his extensive travels in Southeast Asia, and about our programs in Burma. You can check out the interview on goabroad.com right here,…
To be quite honest, Turkey was not on my travel bucket list. If you asked me where I wanted to go next, I would say India, Colombia, Bora Bora, the grocery store—pretty much anywhere else besides Turkey. So when Ben Welbourn, one of the program managers in the Dominican Republic, told me he was going…
We LOVE your advice. Can you come share it at an open house near you? We have 11 open houses over this next week and hope you can join us. As a Rustic Alum, you are the one everyone wants to talk to. Which program is the best one? What surprised you the most? How did you…
People who work for Rustic are a unique breed; when we aren’t traveling for work, we often travel on the side for fun and a bit of adventure. As you can imagine, Rustic staff have gone on some incredible trips around the world and we thought we would share them with you to spark your…
As promised, the 2014 Service Report is hot off the press and ready for your viewing pleasure. For those of you busy preparing for the holidays and can't read the whole report, below are a few cool stats worth highlighting: 152,379 service hours completed in 2014 25,000 hours dedicated to a potable water project in…
As a former Rustic Pathways student, I'm excited to share our newest video with you — and not just because I’m in it! Over the years Rustic Pathways has helped me, and many others, form our life trajectories. Our latest video showcases just some of the ways a Rustic Pathways experience can impact students. There are so many…
Have you ever seen a bear dance? Outside of The Jungle Book, sloth bears aren't meant to be dancing. That's why Rustic Pathways and Wildlife SOS initiated a partnership designed to work with the rescued sloth bear population in Agra, India. Wildlife SOS is one of the premier wildlife conservation organizations in India. They work all across the country implementing wildlife and environmental…
This summer, inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, we began to collect photographs and stories of our students, staff, and community partners. The project facilitated interaction and dialogue between students, local staff, and local communities, and has enabled us to share what Rustic Pathways is all about — the people. When our students…