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Dominican Republic

Public Health in the Caribbean

Work alongside health care professionals on high-impact public health projects across the Dominican Republic on this two-week adventure service program on the eastern coast....

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Peru

Andes to Amazon

Travel to the foothills of the Andes and into the pristine Amazon rainforest on this unforgettable two-week service adventure. Start in the Lunahuana Valley, tucked into

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Costa Rica

The Turtle Conservation Project

This program is designed especially for students who are passionate about turtle conservation and want to embrace the authentic and rustic park ranger lifestyle! Live at

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Costa Rica

Introduction to Community Service in Costa Rica

Stay for one week or more at our Volcano and Rainforest Service Base outside of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. This program provides a great introduction to tico culture and service...

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United States

Rebuilding New Orleans

While progress has been made in the years since the levees breached during Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans still has a long way to go to fully recover from the storm. Be part...

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Costa Rica

Traveling Soccer and Service Team

Get ready to travel, work, and play your heart out on this intensive two-week soccer and service project through the heart of Costa Rica. Using the game you love as a medium,...

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Fiji

Highlands and Islands Service Immersion

Enjoy island paradise and rural mountain living on this immersive program where you will come to know the real culture of the native Fijians who have inhabited these islands...

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Dominican Republic

Mountain Air and Village Service

This is a week-long adventure service trip based in the mountainous villages of the remote DR. You’ll swim in the Caribbean turquoise water, relax on the white sand beaches...

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Dominican Republic

Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

This is a two-week adventure service program focused on environmental conservation and research. Explore the crystal blue waters of Bayahibe Bay and the beautiful Caribbean...

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Peru

Off the Map: Peru

Join us on a two-week adventure to explore the diverse regions of picturesque Peru. This whirlwind tour will bring you to some of the country’s biggest attractions while...

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Peru

Sacred Valley Service

Get ready for two weeks of eye-opening community service, cultural immersion, and adventure near Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in off-the-beaten-track villages in the Sacred...

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Peru

Lake Titicaca Service Adventure

Get to know the Lake Titicaca region of Peru on this two-week service program. Start your experience with a visit to the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu. After taking in...

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Dominican Republic

Life in the Bateyes

Learn about the issues facing bateyes, marginalized Haitian-Dominican communities, on this service intensive program. Gain firsthand knowledge of the social, racial, immigration,...

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Fiji

Big Fiji Explorer

Adventure through Fiji on this jam-packed, two-week adventure. It has enough action to keep seasoned explorers' adrenaline flowing, and it is also a great introduction to...

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Rustic Pathways Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Best experience of my life

Rustic Pathways is a great program that offered me a chance to get out of the U.S. and see how other cultures live and help improve their communities through service. The entire experience was amazing from start to finish - better than I ever could have imagined. The kids that participate in this program were welcoming and fun and friendly. I made life-long friendships thru this shared experience. Costa Rica and the place we stayed was gorgeous! The staff was amazing and overall this trip was a 10/10!! I'm looking forward to my next trip with Rustic Pathways.

Program: Introduction to Community Service in Costa Rica

  • Rustic Pathways responded to this review September 12, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Hey Nikki! Thanks so much. We love hearing about our students’ experiences. Hope to see you again in the future on the Rustic program. If you have any questions and additional comments, reach out to me at alumni@rusticpathways.com.

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Wonderful 2 weeks in Peru - focused exploration

My daughter spent two weeks in Peru on Rustic Pathways. The pre-trip preparation with RP was amazing - hands down the most sophisticated and thoughtful online application process I have ever encountered. The information given was thorough and practical. My daughter was well prepared. They also provided pre-trip suggestions for her to interview people in her local community about issues related to her program. Once in country, I was never worried about her. RP kept me informed as needed and upon her return, the experience is her own - sharing pictures and anecdotes, but internalizing her experience and planning her next adventure with service and purpose. She loved this critical issues program - the emphasis on learning and helping was a grounding part of her experience. She loved being more than a tourist and Rustic Pathways certainly made this possible in a professional and exciting way.

Program: Off the Map: Peru

  • Rustic Pathways responded to this review September 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Hi Mary! Thanks for sharing your experience and helping our global community to continue to grow. Be sure to check out our alumni opportunities (https://rusticpathways.com/alumni-association/), and do not hesitate to reach out to me at alumni@rusticpathways with any additional comments or questions! Hope to see you on a program in 2018. Best, Rachel Levin | RP Alumni Association Director

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Amazing

This experience was life-changing for me and something I will treasure forever. It was an amazing experience to integrate with and help the community. Immersion in and learning about the culture opened my eyes to a whole new world. Thank you for the opportunity.

Program: Highlands and Islands Service Immersion

  • Rustic Pathways responded to this review September 12, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Hey Natalie! Thanks for sharing your experience and helping our global community to continue to grow. Be sure to check out our alumni opportunities (https://rusticpathways.com/alumni-association/), and do not hesitate to reach out to me at alumni@rusticpathways with any additional comments or questions! Hope to see you on a program in 2018. Best, Rachel Levin | RP Alumni Association Director

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Life changing happiness

I was astonished by how amazing and unknown Fiji is. I have never met such warm, loving, and genuinely kind people as Fijians are. The experiences in this country are like no other. Every day is an adventure whether it is snorkeling, kayaking, Island hopping, jumping off a waterfall, or skydiving. Felt safe every minute, guards even sleep outside your room. Food is great even for picky eaters.

Program: Big Fiji Explorer

  • Rustic Pathways responded to this review September 12, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Hey Molly! Thanks so much. We love hearing about our students’ experiences. Hope to see you again in the future on the Rustic program. If you have any questions and additional comments, reach out to me at alumni@rusticpathways.com. Best, Rachel Levin | RP Alumni Association Director

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Life-changing trip

Wonderful trip to every corner of Peru which allowed all 14 girls on the trip to experience all aspects of the culture. We made connections with women of all walks of life, learned about the empowerment of weaving, the importance of fair trade, and the availability of education. Great trip.

Program: Andes to Amazon

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