After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in wildlife ecology and conservation, Natalya’s penchant for travel, community service, and pad thai guided her straight to Rustic Pathways programs in Thailand after graduation. After leading summer, groups, and gap programs for two years in Southeast Asia and India, Natalya now spends her time in the United States doing outreach with schools, and in Tanzania program managing. She loves hiking, camping, and tasting all of the local cuisines along the way.
Tusekile is passionate about community development especially in health and education. After completing her master’s in human rights Law she joined the faculty at Tumaini University Makumira as an assistant lecturer. She ventured into development work as that has always been her passion, she started her own project “Bride’s with Skills” seeking to improve skills for girls not in mainstream education and at risk of early marriages. She joined Rustic Pathways in 2018 as a community impact manager, a perfect fit for her passion. She loves having conversations with people from all walks of life, cooking and styling African hair.
Originally from Dar es Salaam, Tusa attended primary and high school in Kampala, Uganda. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Dar es Salaam, and now lives in Arusha. Tusa joined Rustic in 2016 seeking new challenges, friends, experiences, and, above all, fun! She loves to exchange ideas, share insights into her country and all it has to offer, and learn about the world through Rustic’s students.