Rebuilding the American Dream

Rebuilding the American Dream

Assist in the ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Houston and New Orleans. Neighborhoods in both New Orleans and Houston experienced unprecedented damage following Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. Help residents and local organizations working to rebuild homes and neighborhood infrastructure. Soak up New Orleans’ famous atmosphere as you enjoy music in the birthplace of jazz. Live bands, fresh jambalaya, and friendly locals will show you the true meaning of Southern hospitality. Learn what it means when locals say “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Explore NASA’s Johnson Space Center and savor true Texas barbecue in Houston.

IMPORTANT NOTE: One or more of the departures for this program is a Phone-Free Session. We’re introducing phone-free sessions in 2019 to encourage students to completely immerse in their experiences this summer with Rustic. Students are allowed to bring their phones and to use them as cameras, but internet access won’t be permitted during these sessions.

Departure Dates

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
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No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide.

Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal.

  • Passport/Photo ID
  • Photocopy/picture of passport/photo ID
  • Wallet/money
  • Book
  • Journal and pens
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • 1 change of clothes
  • Hoodie/Sweatshirt
  • Raincoat
  • Reusable water bottle!
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Additional community service forms if needed
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Snacks
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack.

Clothes

  • Socks (8-14)
  • Underwear (14)
  • Pants/Capris/Jeans/Leggings (3-5)
  • Shorts (3-5)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
  • T-shirts/Tank tops (10-15)
  • Nicer outfit for a night out – (1-2)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Hard-soled shoes/work boots (can be sneakers)
  • Hat

Toiletries

(travel sized containers packed in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash/Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Razor/shaving cream

Miscellaneous

  • Pillow with pillowcase (optional)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
Rustic Gear

Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.