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Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for student travel this year. Read four reasons why teens and parents love this small nation.
How does a parent pick the right travel program for their teen and then plan for the trip? Rustic Pathways has gathered some of the best tips after nearly 40 years of offering specialized international programs for teens and young adults.
A special online program is being launched this July by the Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy and the Rustic Pathways Foundation. The Global Youth Climate Summit will challenge students in 7th-12th grade to design innovative solutions to environmental issues.
Today’s teenagers are regularly tuned in to issues about climate change and the environment. Parents can foster that interest and plan family activities around official events that focus on nature. Here is a look at some of these upcoming events and programs that may help, along with some Rustic Pathways’ alumni thoughts about these issues.
Mental health statistics show that the well-being of many teens drastically declined during the pandemic. Parents can help teens find their way back through international programs that are designed to build connections.
Eating abroad means you get to eat all the local food, delicacies, and in-season fruits and vegetables. Take a peek at some of the fruits and vegetables you might see at the market on a Rustic Pathways’ high school summer travel program.
2021 program dates are now live so you can start planning your next adventure. We've highlighted five of our favorite programs to help get you started!
If you have never taken a Rustic trip before, this is the advice I wished I knew before I went on my first trip!!
"I looked around and took in every detail. Some were struggling to use a chopstick, food was being switched around so people could try everything, and laughter was everywhere. I thought to myself, how lucky am I to be here, right now, in this moment? I felt such inner content and joy, it was hard to believe that I was ever anxious about being there."
Intentional travel provides so many amazing opportunities for learning and growth. We're finding that there a several ways that virtual travel experiences meet or exceed the expectations we have for real, physical travel. Here 7 of the ways we find virtual travel are worthwhile.
This can be the first step in your own anti-racist education or a tool to help you leverage the power you have with friends, family, in your neighborhood, and at school. Think of it as an intro course, something to get the ball rolling. And when you’re done with our list, keep going!

What’s happening with technology and start-ups in your country?


In the US, Silicon Valley is known as the center of new tech. But increasingly in the US and globally, technology is democratizing. We asked our local partners what the tech scene looks like in their countries.
We are beyond proud of all of you. No matter your next step, we are not worried for you. We are ready for you.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, we are running a series of stories highlighting some of the outstanding teachers that travel with Rustic Pathways. Every teacher deserves recognition, especially during these trying times, and we are honored to tell just a few of their stories.
From volunteering time to donations, there are many ways we can think of giving. We reached out to friends and colleagues throughout the Rustic Pathways community to hear how people define "giving". This is the third article in the Rustic Pathways Global Perspectives Series.
Calista Schloessmann, Rustic alumni, shares her Rustic journey and what has led to her continued efforts to help provide safe and dignified housing to families in the Dominican Republic.
Through the month we are running a series of stories highlighting some of the outstanding teachers that travel with Rustic Pathways. Our Teacher Appreciation Week series shines a spotlight on Rebecca Laders and Jason Musselman in week three.
We are running a series of stories highlighting some of the outstanding teachers that travel with Rustic Pathways. Every teacher deserves recognition, especially during these trying times, and we are excited to share Monica Lucey's story today.
The global Rustic Pathways team shares how people relax, play, and cope with stress particularly during difficult times.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, we are running a series of stories highlighting some of the outstanding teachers that travel with Rustic Pathways. Every teacher deserves recognition, especially during these trying times, and we are honored to tell just a few of their stories.