Rustic Pathways – Travel and Learn

    Rustic Pathways – Travel and Learn


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Australia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Fiji, Laos, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Thailand, United States, Vietnam, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Hawaii, Multiple Locations
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Session Start: February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Semester, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    With Rustic, we travel because exploring new places and interacting with people from other cultures provides opportunities to learn about ourselves, about others, and about the world in a way nothing else can. Let Rustic help you discover your passions!

    With over 100 programs, there is a Rustic Pathways experience for every kind of student. In addition to our high school summer experiences, we offer spring break, college, and Young Explorer programs for those travelers not yet in high school. Base House programs are perfect for first-time travelers, while Critical Issues programs are geared toward future change makers.

    We offer programs in the following countries: 



    Costa Rica 



    Dominican Republic 










    At Rustic Pathways, we work at the intersection of education, travel, and philanthropy. Our programs facilitate life-changing educational experiences for students and use travel and philanthropy to achieve sustainable development in the cities, towns, and villages where we work. Focusing on this goal allows us to provide transformative experiences for students while having a positive impact on local communities.


    Rustic Pathways empowers students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.


    Rustic Pathways is committed to creating a world where:

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

    Reviews (6)

    • Costa Rica Leadership
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      Reviewed on 12/07/2017 by Elaina

      I was part of the Costa Rica Leadership program and there was nothing more heart felt from the realationships you make with not only the young Tico students, but also with your teammates, and leaders.

      Going into this program I didn't make my plane. Rustic Pathways was very accommodating and helped me through the process of getting to Costa Rica. When I finally arrived they treated me to a wonderful day at a beautiful waterfall while my team was white water rafting.

      During the first week we started to build a strong team relationships. We went through a process of how to work with others and discussed what culture means to us. We planned the camp for the Tico students. This trip also included many unforgettable adventures.

    • Ultimate Latin America
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      Reviewed on 07/07/2017 by Lil

      This trip showed the variety of all the different countries in culture, food, experiences, and wildlife. The experiences that I got on this trip were once in a lifetime. Going to Peru, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba in 3 weeks was hectic but worth it 100%.

    • Costa Rica Sarapiqui Service
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      Reviewed on 06/07/2017 by Grace

      I had an amazing time on this trip. Although the accomadations were a little tough, lots of bugs and animals, and wifi broke down, I got to know the culture and people on my trip better and I also learned a lot of spanish. The service work load was a lot, yet it was very rewarding and I am pleased with my groups' work. I wish the program told us before had that the work load was a lot of manual labor, yet I had the best time and made so many new friendships.

    • Turtle Conservation Project
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      Reviewed on 06/07/2017 by nicole

      I had a great time on my trip in Costa Rica. It was 9 days and we did a lot of physical labor for 2 hours in the morning and afternoon along with night walks on the beach to search for turtles. Although I don't take Spanish, I was able to communicate with basic greetings with the locals. I had wish that the program emphasized the amount of effort the night walks were because they were for about 3 hours each night and were exhausting. Also, we had a lot of free time which would have been better to do more group activities than we did. Overall, my trip was amazing and I made a bunch of great new friends

    • Marine Life and Coastal Restoration
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      Reviewed on 06/07/2017 by M

      I had an incredible experience. The food was amazing and the memories will last forever. The service was great although sometimes not what I had expected. The accommodations were sometimes faulty (leaking AC or lack of water in the bathroom), but that didn't impact my experience all that much overall.

    • Children's home and elephant sanctuary
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      Reviewed on 09/07/2017 by S

      I did children's home and elephant sanctuary this summer and miss it so much! I loved my group everyone was so fun and we all just became best friends, wich is what made the trip so amazing. The itinerary and actual activities were really cool and the days were jam packed, wich is good, but they left no free time to do things like shower, hang out, or journal. There was a lot of travelling, it took 52 hours of travelling to get there and during the trip, there would often be long car rides 1-6 hours. Becuase of this I felt like the trip was far shorter than what we paid for. The counsellors were not the best, I liked one of them, but the rest were all negative and not fun. Rustic did do a great job of teaching and showing the true culture of all areas of Thailand that we were in. Also, the service was pretty rewarding, we did 2 days of teaching and 2 days of construction at a school. I would definitely recommend and I will be going on another trip next year. Also if you're not so outgoing I recommend going with a friend.

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