Rustic Pathways

PO Box 429 Chardon, Ohio 44024 United States

About Rustic Pathways

Year Founded: 1983

Rustic Pathways offers superior quality travel and service programs for students and families in some of the world's most welcoming countries. We strive to empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world. We enrich the lives of our students and our staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation.

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Climbing Kili

Tanzania : Arusha, Kilimanjaro

Join us for one week of pure adventure climbing Africa's tallest peak and the world's tallest freestanding volcano. Feel the awe and accomplishment rush over you as you finally...

Elephant Training and the Hill Tribe Experience

Thailand : Chiang Mai, Rural Areas

Join us for a two-week program that begins with a week of educational service at the Rustic Pathways Children's Home on the Thai-Burma border, and then transitions into a...

Wilderness First Responder

Thailand : Rural Areas, Udon Thani

Join us for a two-week adventure service program at our Ricefields Service Base in Northern Thailand. Work with local Thai and Lao professionals as you work together to get...

The Rustic Pathways Children's Home

Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Join us for a week-long stay at the serene Rustic Pathways Children's Home in Northern Thailand. Teach English local Karen schoolchildren from the nearby mountain villages...

Souqs and Service

Morocco : Casablanca, Marrakech and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

This is a two-week adventure service program in the villages of the Atlas Mountains. Provide any combination of educational, environmental, infrastructural, or economic service...

Dancing Bear Rescue Project

India : Agra, New Delhi and 1 other city , Rajasthan Show less

This is a week-long adventure service program in Agra where you work with Wildlife SOS to learn about conservation, human-wildlife conflict, and the Indian environment while...

Namaste India

India : Agra, Cochin and 3 other cities , Delhi, Jaipur, Kerala Show less

This is a two-week adventure program that covers breathtaking monuments and cultural sites throughout Northern and Southern India, including the Taj Mahal.

Return to Nasivikoso: A Special Alumni Reunion

Fiji : Rural Areas

Return to Nasivikoso is a special opportunity for those of you who lost your hearts in Fiji to come back and find them again! Welcoming students who participated in previous...

Highlands and Islands Service Immersion

Fiji : Rural Areas, Yasawa Islands

Come to know the real culture of the native Fijians who have inhabited these islands for thousands of years and whose cultural traditions and knowledge of the natural world...

Mountain Air and Village Service

Dominican Republic : Jarabacoa, Rural Areas and 2 other cities , Santo Domingo, Sosua Show less

This is a week-long adventure service trip based in the mountainous villages of the remote DR. Provide educational and infrastructural service while immersing yourself in...

Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

Dominican Republic : Rural Areas, Santo Domingo

This is a two-week adventure service program focused on enironmental conservation and research. Spend your free time relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches of Bayahibe or...

Introduction to Public Health in the Caribbean

Dominican Republic : Rural Areas, Santo Domingo

This is a two-week adventure service program on the eastern coast of the DR. Spend time learning about local public health issues while practicing your Spanish in a medical...

Ramp Up Your Spanish

Costa Rica : San Jose, Turrialba

This program is a one-week homestay in the mountain town of Turrialba that features half-days of language classes with rainforest adventure activities in the afternoons.

Marvels of China

China : Beijing, Shanghai and 1 other city , Xi'an Show less

This is a week-long cross country adventure through ancient China. Walk the Great Wall, explore Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, visit the Terracotta Army...

Cham Village Service and Cultural Immersion

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Siem Reap Show less

Led by two beloved local Cambodian staff members, volunteer for local youth empowerment programs and help improve school facilities while exploring Angkor Wat, it's surrounding...

Snapshots of Southeast Asia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Rural Areas

Experience a homestay in a floating village while learning about Cambodian history and exploring the majestic Angkor Wat. Take one excursion into Laos and experience Luang...

Golden Sands, Helping Hands

Australia : Brisbane, Noosa

This program is a great combination of adventure across the Outback coupled with environmental and educational service in local communities along the Sunshine Coast.

Off the Map: Mongolia

Mongolia : Ulaanbaatar

This is a three-week adventure service program with extra emphasis on the adventure. When you're not providing valuable community health and educational service to local

Off the Map: Burma

Myanmar : Bagan, Mandalay and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Yangon Show less

A two-week backroads tour of Burma's essential attractions from unseen vantage points with a perspective unavailable to normal tourists. Explore truly undiscovered areas

Sticky Rice Service Adventure

Laos : Luang Prabang, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Vientiane Show less

This experience is designed for those with an adventurous heart who want to have a variety of experiences in Laos. To be eligible for this trip, students must be between

Lao Elephant Retreat and Luang Prabang

Laos : Luang Prabang

This is a week-long adventure service program focusing on elephant care and conservation in the mountains on northern Laos. Ride and care for your elephant pals, explore

Come With Nothing: The Mekong Expedition

Laos : Luang Prabang, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Vientiane Show less

This is a three-week adventure service expedition down the Mekong River through Laos and Thailand. Immerse yourself in local village life and culture during homestay experiences...

Off the Map: Cambodia

Cambodia : Kep, Phnom Penh and 3 other cities , Rabbit Island, Rural Areas, Siem Reap Show less

Take an adventurous road trip across the country of Cambodia as our fun-loving local staff show you the best sights, hidden gems, and rural villages of their country. This...

From the Ground Up: A Seminar in International Development

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Siem Reap Show less

For students interested in learning about international development and non-profit work, this program is an ideal, hands-on introduction. Meet with various NGOs in Phnom

The Floating Villages: Service through Rural Cambodia

Cambodia : Battambang, Phnom Penh and 1 other city , Siem Reap Show less

Take a ride on our Rustic Pathways boat down Cambodia's Tonle Sap River as you stop into floating villages to meet locals, teach English, and learn about floating village...

Andes Service and Amazon Expedition

Peru : Huaraz, Lima and 2 other cities , Puerto Maldonado, Rural Areas Show less

Students looking to experience the Amazon Rainforest, but also wanting to work side-by-side with locals on community service projects are ideal for the Amazon and Lunahuana...

Off the Map: Peru

Peru : Cusco, Lima and 3 other cities , Machu Picchu, Puno, Rural Areas Show less

This is a two-week long backroads adventure through rural Peru. Travel the Amazon, hike through the Andes, visit Machu Picchu, and provide valuable infrastuctural service...

Sacred Valley Service

Peru : Cusco, Machu Picchu and 1 other city , Sacred Valley of the Incas Show less

Sacred Valley Service is great for students who want to visit Machu Picchu, participate in adventure activities, and work on construction based service projects. The accommodations...

Lake Titicaca Service Adventure

Peru : Arequipa, Machu Picchu and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Sacred Valley of the Incas Show less

This is a two-week adventure service program through southern Peru and the areas surrounding beautiful Lake Titicaca. Trek through Colca Canyon to bubblingn hotsprings, visit...

Summer Camp Leadership in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic : Dajabon, Jarabacoa and 1 other city , Santiago Show less

Develop leadership skills on this program over the course of two weeks and 70 community service hours in the Dominican Republic. Camping, rafting, hiking the Dominican Alps,...

Island Living and Eco Service

Dominican Republic : Jarabacoa, Santo Domingo

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Life in the Bateyes

Dominican Republic : Punta Cana, Santiago and 1 other city , Santo Domingo Show less

This is a two-week service-heavy adventure trip through the Dominican Republic that combines educational and infrastructural service in the Batey communities with both rural...

Escape to the Fiji Islands

Fiji : Nadi, Suva and 1 other city , Yasawa Islands Show less

Have you ever dreamed of living on a beautiful remote island and experiencing the thrill of tropical adventures? Escape to The Fiji Islands is a brilliant combination of

Big Fiji Explorer

Fiji : Nadi, Suva and 1 other city , Yasawa Islands Show less

Big Fiji Explorer is one of our most popular adventures. It has enough action to keep seasoned explorers' adrenaline flowing, and it is also a great introduction to travel...

Pacific Adrenaline

Fiji : Nadi, Suva and 1 other city , Yasawa Islands Show less

Pacific Adrenaline is an exciting three-week exploratory trip through Fiji and New Zealand, designed for seasoned student travelers and created with a small group of adventurers...

Marine Service and Adventure

Fiji : Nadi, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Yasawa Islands Show less

Fiji is home to the third-largest reef system in the world and thousands of exotic marine species. Most tourists who come to this island nation dive in its warm waters and...

Fiji Diver's Dream

Fiji : Momi Bay, Nadi

Grab Your Gear! Fiji is comprised of 330 islands that are spread across the glistening waters of the South Pacific. The nation is renowned for its crystal-clear water,

Sun, Sand, and International Service

Fiji : , Nadi

Join us for two weeks, four weeks or the entire summer on Sun, Sand and Service at the Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge. Spend your days contributing to a variety of meaningful

Intro to Community Service in Fiji

Fiji : Momi, Nadi and 2 other cities , Natandola Beach, Sigatoka Sand Dunes Show less

A Real Introduction to Community Service Wake up to the morning sun rising over the Pacific Ocean and get ready for an exciting day in a South Seas paradise. Introduction...

The Turtle Conservation Project

Costa Rica : Esterillos, Jaco and 2 other cities , Playa Hermosa, San Jose Show less

Live for a week in an actual park ranger station on a private, protected beach in a wildlife refuge as you work to save endangered sea turtles. Be sure to surf and zip line...

Young Explorers

Costa Rica : Arenal, Samara and 1 other city , San Jose Show less

This is a two-week adventure service program exclusively for middle schoolers across the entire country. This program combines educational and infrastructural service with...

Introduction to Community Service

Costa Rica : Arenal, La Fortuna and 1 other city , San Jose Show less

This is one week of service and adventure at our Volcano & Rainforest base. Complete various educational and infrastructural service projects in the surrounding communities...

Nicoya Turtle Expedition

Costa Rica : Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Carrillo and 2 other cities , Samara, San Jose Show less

Join an expedition to help save the endangered sea turtle! Spend one week working in a stunning landscape, living amidst exotic wildlife, enjoying beautiful sunsets, and

Soccer and Service in La Paz

Costa Rica : Rural Areas, San Jose

This is a one-week adventure service homestay experience in the rural town of La Paz. Provide valuable service to the town's infrastructure and play competitive soccer every...

Sarapiqui: A Tropical Service Adventure

Costa Rica : San Jose, Sarapiqui

This a week-long adventure service program in the remote Sarapiqui region. Live in luxurious tent suites in the rainforest while providing valuable educational and infrastructural...

Summer Camp Leadership in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Arenal, La Fortuna and 3 other cities , Puntarenas, San Jose, Turrialba Show less

This is the only exclusively children-based community service program in CR. Earn 70 community service hours over the course of two weeks working as a summer camp counselor...

Heart of the Jungle

Costa Rica : Dominical, Osa Peninsula and 1 other city , San Jose Show less

This is a two-week backroads adventure service program that ventures into the incredible biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula. Combine camping, adrenaline pumping activities,...

Caribbean Adrenaline

Costa Rica : Limon, Puerto Viejo and 3 other cities , San Jose, Tortuguero, Turrialba Show less

This is a week-long program jam-packed full of pure adventure and adrenaline along the Carribean coast. Thrill inducing activities include: whitewater rafting, kayacking,...

Bribri Villages Service Experience

Costa Rica : Bribri, Puerto Viejo and 1 other city , San Jose Show less

Live and provide valuable service for one week to local villages in the Talamanca Mountain Range while immersing yourself in Bri Bri culture. Includes an overnight river

Costa Rican Adventurer

Costa Rica : Arenal, Dominical and 6 other cities , La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Nicoya Peninsula, San Jose, Tamarindo, Turrialba Show less

This is a two-week version of our Carribean Adrenaline program that covers the entirety of this breathtaking country. Covers all the Carribean Adrenaline activities and adds...

Surf and Service

Costa Rica : San Jose, Uvita

Relax and immerse yourself in the tranquil flow of life in the friendly Tico beach town of Bahia Ballena. Stunning sunsets, palm-fringed beaches, and clear blue water will...

Spanish Language Immersion

Costa Rica : San Jose, Turrialba

This program is perfect for students of every level, from those who have never studied the language to those who have finished four years of high school Spanish. After a

Advanced Photography Workshop

Morocco : Casablanca, Marrakech

Known for its golden sand dunes, desolate mountains, and colorful spice markets, Morocco is home to stunning landscapes and striking imagery - offering limitless opportunities...

Moroccan Wanderer

Morocco : Casablanca, Marrakech and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Spend two-weeks of adventuring across Morocco while providing valuable service on the side. Ride camels in the Sahara, homestay in a local village, visit the Todra Gorge,...

Volta Village Life and Service

Ghana : Accra, Elmina and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Picture yourself walking along a dirt path lined with flowers under a canopy of banana trees to a small village preschool where smiling children await you each morning. Now,...

Off the Map: Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Cape Coast and 3 other cities , Kumasi, Rural Areas, Tamale Show less

Akwabaa and welcome to a grand adventure across West Africa's most welcoming country. You will travel by tro-tro from the remote villages in Ghana's north to the castle-studded...

Safari and a Splash of Paradise

Tanzania : Arusha, Serengeti and 1 other city , Zanzibar Show less

Join us for one week of pure adventure that begins with safaris through two incredible national parks and ends with relaxation, sailing, and snorkeling off the white-sand...

Faces of East Africa

Tanzania : Arusha

Join us for a comfortable one-week stay in a rural Tanzanian village with a service emphasis on educational and infrastrucural projects. Visit a coffee plantation and local...

Culture in the Crater

Tanzania : Arusha, Karatu

Join us for a two-week, service-heavy adventure program in rural villages along the edge of the immense Ngorongoro Crater. Provide valuable educational service with local...

Service in the Clouds

India : Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh and 2 other cities , McLeod Ganj, Rural Areas Show less

This is a two-week adventure service program that includes homestay with local Indian and Tibetan families in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains. Complete educational

Himalayan Advanced Photo Workshop

India : Ladakh, Leh and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Join us on a two-week journey through the incredible world of India! Women in vibrant saris fill your camera frames, vendors bargain in the city marketplaces, and a colorful...

Children of India

India : Jaipur, Rajasthan

Known for its brilliant colors, friendly people, and delicious cuisine, Rajasthan is considered the heart of India and will offer the perfect glimpse into traditional culture....

Rebuilding New Orleans

United States : New Orleans

Join us to help rebuild homes and community gardens damaged by Hurricane Katrina for two weeks while exploring eccentric New Orleans on the side. Explorations include an

Good Works and the Grand Canyon

United States : Flagstaff, Phoenix

Join us for a week-long adventure service trip through the old American West. Volunteer at a local food bank, hike into the Grand Canyon, marvel at the red rocks of Sodona,...

Spring Break and the Grand Canyon

United States : Flagstaff, Phoenix

Join us for a week-long adventure service trip through the old American West. Volunteer at a local food bank, hike into the Grand Canyon, marvel at the red rocks of Sodona,...

Rebuilding New Orleans: Spring Break

United States : New Orleans

Join us to help rebuild homes and community gardens damaged by Hurricane Katrina for two weeks while exploring eccentric New Orleans on the side. Explorations include an

The Wonders and Riches of Southeast Asia

-Multi-Country Locations : Cambodia, Laos and 2 other locations , Thailand, Vietnam Show less

Join us for a two-week luxury adventure program through Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Stay in the region's best hotels, dine in celebrated restaurants,...

Medical Service Certification Program

Thailand : Rural Areas, Udon Thani

Join us to spend one week living at our Ricefields Service Base while you obtain WFA (Wilderness First Aid) and CPR certifications, and then put those skills to use by providing...

Tribal Issues: Youth in Remote Areas of Southeast Asia

Thailand : Rural Areas

Join us for a two-week adventure service program in tribal areas along the Thai-Burma border. Travel from village to village as you learn about the challenges faced by villagers,...

Island Hopping and Diving

Thailand : Koh Samui, Phuket and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Surat Thani Show less

Join us for a two-week adventure program in Southern Thailand. Snorkel and scuba dive while you observe stunning marine life in these tropical waters, explore lush island...

The Hill Tribe Support and Refugee Camp Experience

Thailand : Chiang Mai, Rural Areas

Join us for a two-week stay at our beautiful base in Mae Sariang while working at the Rustic Pathways Children's Home. Help educate 25 local hill tribe students and visit...

Come with Nothing, Go Home Rich

Thailand : Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Join us for a challenging three-week service program in three rural villages along Western Thailand. Arrive with just one pair of clothes as you bargain for the rest of your...

Elephants and Amazing Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai and 2 other cities , Lampang, Mae Hong Son Show less

Join us for a two-week long combination of our Thail Elephant Conservation Project and Amazing Thailand Adventure programs! Work daily with your elephant friends under the...

The Thai Elephant Conservation Project

Thailand : Chiang Mai, Lampang

Join us for a one-week service experience at the Royal Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Northern Thailand. Work daily with your elephant friends under the supervision...

The Amazing Thailand Adventure

Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai and 1 other city , Mae Hong Son Show less

Join us for a week-long, action-packed adventure across Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Trek through remote hill tribe villages in the northern mountains, relax on sandy...

Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children

Thailand : Udon Thani

Join us for a two-week service-heavy adventure trip at our Ricefields Service Base in Northeastern Thailand. Choose between nine week-long service projects for each week

Intro to Community Service in Thailand

Thailand : Udon Thani

Join us for a week-long version of our Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children community service program at our Ricefields Service Base. Choose between nine valuable community...

Awesome Aussie Service Adventure

Australia : Brisbane, Cairns and 3 other cities , Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast Show less

A two-week service exploration into the Outback and along the Sunshine Coast. Make a difference with local schoolchildren while also surfing, hiking, ogling at wildlife and...

Seven Wonders of Australia

Australia : Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and 7 other cities , Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton, Port Douglas, Sydney Show less

A two-week journey through the heart of the Land Down Under to witness the absolute best that Australia has to offer. This program combines adventure in the Outback, Glasshouse...

You, A 'Roo, and Australia Zoo

Australia : Cairns, Great Barrier Reef and 1 other city , Port Douglas Show less

A week-long, service-heavy program that emphasizes environmental and wildlife conservation and places students as volunteers alongside rare, exotic animals at Steve Irwin's...

The Outback Aboriginal Service Expedition

Australia : Brisbane, Darwin

A two-week long, authentic backroads service expedition through the remote regions of Northern Australia. This trip heavily emphasizes community service and cross-cultural...

Chinese Group Language Immersion

China : Dali, Hangzhou and 2 other cities , Shanghai, Suzhou Show less

This is a two-week comprehensive private, or group-based language immersion experience in Shanghai. Stay on campus for the feeling of a real university-like experience and...

Panda Conservation and Wild China

China : Ya'an

This is a two-week adventure service trip through wild China. Care for Giant Panda friends at the Panda Conservation Center in Ya'an and interact with other exotic animals...

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