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Service Program Financial Aid

Service program financial aid enrollment is closed for 2022.

Required Materials

  • Digital Copy of Household Income Statement
  • Two Short Essay Responses
  • TikTok Video Submission

Program Selection

You will fill out your top two program selections in the form. Each program must be community service-focused to be considered. In choosing your top two program selections, please keep in mind it is likely you will be responsible for a portion of the program fee, airfare, and any add-ons like insurance.

Proof of Household Income

You will be asked to provide proof of household income.

We accept: FAFSA, federal tax forms, or social security benefit documents to verify income eligibility. If you are not a U.S. resident, any tax document from your government will be accepted. Tax filings must be from either 2019 or 2020.


The Service Program Financial Aid is for first-time travel program participants only, and students will not be considered for financial aid if they are already enrolled in a travel program. Financial aid is merit and need-based, so the quality of the application will be judged along with the financial need.

Required Materials Details

Essay | Motivation: Why do you want to participate in a Rustic Pathways program?

Video | Service: How is service or volunteering important to you? What kind of impact do you want to make (in your community or beyond)?

Video requirements: In a TikTok, tell us why is important to you and impact you want to make. Be creative. Be passionate. Be your authentic self. Don’t forget to use our hashtag #IDeserveTravel and use the official challenge sound found on the kick-off video.

All Videos must be:

  • Submitted publicly through TikTok
  • Using the hashtag #IDeserveTravel and official challenge sound
  • Your original creation
  • Suitable for publication

Videos must not:

  • Have won previous awards
  • Have been previously published
  • Infringe on any third-party rights
  • Violate TikTok’s content and community guidelines

The deadline was April 21, 2022. 

From beginning to end, the experience was professional, efficient, exciting and fulfilling. Having never traveled such a distance before, Lark might have had justifiable anxiety. However, the information Rustic Pathways provided along with the support parents received, allayed any fears we might have had. Rustic Pathways provided a generous scholarship which was such a point of pride for Lark. 

Quote by: Kimberly White, Lark's Mom | Canoga Park, California Rustic Service Program Ambassador, 2017

Accomodation Amenities
Educational Activities
On-Program Travel

Community service, cultural immersion, and adventure near Machu Picchu

$5,195 plus Airfare
Age 14-18
15 Days
40 Service Hours