Not only is Rustic Pathways a pioneer in providing quality travel and service programs for students and educators, but we’re also redefining how to integrate education, travel, and philanthropy in a world where all people are connected by a shared humanity. At Rustic, our mission, vision, and values drive the way we run our programs, partner with local communities, and live our lives.

Our Mission

We empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.


Our Vision

Rustic Pathways is committed to creating a world where:

  1. Travel is accepted as an essential part of every education
  2. Travel is a model of sustainable development
  3. All people are connected by a shared humanity and all decisions are made with a global perspective

Our Values

We believe in a key set of values and it is our hope that our students, educators, program leaders, and staff members embody these same values on our programs and beyond. These include:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Pioneering Spirit
  • Passion
  • Teamwork
  • Community
  • Global Responsibility
  • Safety