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Shelby Silva's Employee Profile

International School Partnerships Manager

Shelby Silva

What countries have you traveled to?

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to travel and lead programs for Rustic Pathways in the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Cambodia, China, and Morocco. Prior to joining the Rustic Team, I spent 10+ years leading outdoor leadership expeditions around the world.

Shelby Silva

How long have you been working with Rustic Pathways?

I started with Rustic in 2016.

Shelby Silva Travels

What makes Rustic Pathways different from other international program providers?

The people! Once you join Rustic Pathways as a staff member or go on a program as a student or chaperone, you become part of the Global Rustic Family. Our in-country local teams have some of the most experienced, talented, compassionate people out there, they have an incredible ability to connect students and staff from all over the world to their culture. Our Risk Management and Safety Team is the best in the industry, providing the highest standard of training to all our staff worldwide. Our Personal and Global Travel Advisors are available 24/7, and work closely with all of our teams to ensure that students, teachers, and parents have the support necessary to fully enjoy their Rustic experience. It is an honor getting to work with all these incredible people.

Shelby Silva Travels

Have you traveled with other Rustic Pathways employees? What was your experience like?

Traveling with other Rustic Pathways employees is beautiful! Getting to see the world with others who are so open minded to new experiences and excited to learn about new cultures is incredibly inspiring. I’ve been able to travel to multiple countries from the South Pacific to Northern Africa with other Rustic Pathways employees and each trip has been full of adventure, delicious food, breathtaking views, meaningful conversations, and loads of laughter.

Shelby Silva

What is some of your best advice for incoming participants?

The best advice I can give is to be open and present to all of the new places, people, and activities you get to experience on a Rustic Pathways program. The more you invest in the experience, the more you will grow.  Talking with our local team and community members gives you  a chance to hear their stories while sharing some of your own.