Rustic Pathways Program Opportunities

Peru

Andes to Amazon

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...

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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

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

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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

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...

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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. Provide educational and infrastructural service while immersing yourself in...

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Dominican Republic

Marine Life and Coastal Restoration

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...

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Peru

Off the Map: Peru

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...

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Peru

Lake Titicaca Service Adventure

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...

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Fiji

Big Fiji Explorer

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...

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Fiji

Intro to Community Service in Fiji

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...

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Costa Rica

Summer Camp Leadership in Costa Rica

If you love working with children, this is the perfect program for you! Begin your trip with an adventurous whitewater rafting trip down the Pacuare River, then spend three...

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Tanzania

Culture in the Crater

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...

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Tanzania

Climbing Kili

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...

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Thailand

The Amazing Thailand Adventure

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...

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Thailand

Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children

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

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Myanmar

Irrawaddy Village Service

Form connections with Burmese students as you lead English-language activities and run a day camp in a village along the Irrawaddy River. Admire the splendor of Bagan's ancient...

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Costa Rica

Surf and Service (Spring Break)

Learn to surf or take your skills to the next level during this one-week, spring break program. Live at our base house and soak in the laid-back culture of beach town life....

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Australia

Australia Island Survival

This is Survivor - Rustic style! Undergo mental and physical challenges while you’re marooned on a deserted island. Carrying only essential rations to survive the week,...

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Cuba

Innovation in Action: Cuba

Turn your ideas into solutions! Sharpen your critical-thinking and design skills with this 2-week crash course on design-thinking where you’ll help solve real world problems....

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Cuba

Viva Cuba! Culture and Conservation

Experience Cuba from a local perspective. Work alongside conservationists and farmers, hike through beautiful waterfalls, and, of course, explore historic Havana.

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China

Silk Road Service

While your first look at China will be in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world, you will soon go beyond China’s busy city life into Yunnan, one of the country’s...

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United States

Beyond Capitol Hill: Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment

Become a teacher and mentor to the refugee youth of Baltimore, Maryland and get a chance to explore our nation's capital and its gorgeous monuments. Learn about humanitarian...

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United States

California Dreaming

Join us in our road trip through the gorgeous Golden State! From San Francisco to Monterey, we’ll hike and camp through the state’s best national parks and enjoy the

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United States

Off the Map: Alaska

Venture into America'’s last frontier to explore the gorgeous glacier view that Denali National Park has to offer while sharpening your camping and survival skills!

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Australia

The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Project (College Program)

Designed specifically for college students seeking practical experience in frontline wildlife research in wild places, this is an exclusive opportunity to learn from zoologists...

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Thailand

Elephants and Amazing Thailand (College Program)

Created specifically for college students, this program is the ultimate experience for animal lovers and those interested in conservation. Learn how to guide, communicate,...

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Dominican Republic

Life in the Bateyes (Spring Break)

Make it a meaningful spring break by working on building and renovating homes in marginalized Haitian-Dominican communities called Bateyes.

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Thailand

Elephant Training and the Hill Tribe Experience

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...

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Thailand

The Rustic Pathways Children's Home

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...

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Morocco

Souqs and Service

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...

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Costa Rica

Ramp Up Your Spanish

This program is the perfect way to improve your Spanish skills before any of our other Latin American adventures. Attend four hours of class instruction each day taught by...

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Cambodia

Snapshots of Southeast Asia

Learn how to capture the sights of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam on this traveling photo workshop. In Cambodia, capture the frenetic streets of Phnom Penh, document the details...

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Mongolia

Off the Map: Mongolia

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

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Laos

Sticky Rice Service Adventure

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

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Laos

Come With Nothing: The Mekong Expedition

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...

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Cambodia

Off the Map: Cambodia

Join our amazing local staff as they take you off-the-beaten path in your exploration of the Kingdom of Wonder. Take an adventurous road trip across the country of Cambodia...

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Cambodia

Floating Village Service Expedition

Join this unique service adventure in Cambodia. Take a ride on the Rustic Pathways boad down Cambodia's Tonle Sap River as you stop into floating villages to meet locals,...

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Costa Rica

Young Explorers: Pura Vida

Rustic Pathways’ Young Explorers programs are for students ages 12 to 14 with a passion for travel. These programs allow the young adventurer to step outside of their comfort...

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Costa Rica

Nicoya Turtle Expedition

Learn all about turtle conservation and work to protect native sea turtles on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Spend the days both enjoying the beach and working to keep...

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Costa Rica

Sarapiqui: A Tropical Service Adventure

Experience small town life in a traditional tico community on this unique service adventure program in the remote Sarapiqui region. Immerse yourself in the community and

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Costa Rica

Heart of the Jungle

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path program that combines service, adventure, and lots of nature, this is the program for you! This is a two-week backroads adventure...

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Costa Rica

Caribbean Adrenaline

Join us on a week of pure adventure on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica! Start off with a mountain biking tour in the Turrialba Valley before beginning a two-day whitewater...

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Costa Rica

Bribri Indigenous Culture and Serivce

Take the opportunity to understand rural life and indigenous culture in Costa Rica, a country that is home to eight main indigenous groups. Paddle and boat to the rural community...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rican Adventurer

Perfect for the ultimate adventurer! Travel across seven different provinces in Costa Rica, packing in every adrenaline-pumping activity along the way. Sleep in a cave behind...

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Costa Rica

Surf and Service

Learn to surf or take your skills to the next level during this one-week program. Relax and immerse yourself in the tranquil flow of life in the friendly Tico beach town

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Costa Rica

Spanish Language Immersion

Perfect for students of all abilities, this program allows you to learn Spanish from native speakers in a small group or private instruction setting. Practice Spanish with...

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Morocco

Advanced Photography Workshop

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

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Morocco

Moroccan Wanderer

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,...

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Ghana

Off the Map: Ghana

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...

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Tanzania

Safari and a Splash of Paradise

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...

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United States

Rebuilding New Orleans: Spring Break

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

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Multiple Countries

The Wonders and Riches of Southeast Asia

Combine four fascinating countries into one spectacular, luxury adventure featuring amazing attractions and premier hotels as you travel in style across Southeast Asia with...

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Thailand

Tribal Issues: Youth in Remote Areas of Southeast Asia

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,...

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Thailand

Come with Nothing, Go Home Rich

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...

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Thailand

The Thai Elephant Conservation Project

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...

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Thailand

Intro to Community Service in Thailand

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...

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Australia

You, A 'Roo, and Australia Zoo

Take an exceptional opportunity to volunteer at Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo! Go behind the scenes and perform zoo tasks in various animal departments as a team.

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Australia

Epic Outback Australia

Go rustic on this two-week service adventure through the remote regions of Northern Australia. Travel in 4x4s, drive through rivers, discover gorges, swim in hot springs,...

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China

Panda Conservation and Wild China

Immerse yourself at a renowned panda conservation center on this two-week adventure service trip through wild China. Work alongside researchers in Chengdu to help care for...

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China

Chinese Language Immersion

This is a two-week comprehensive language immersion experience in Shanghai. Designed for all levels of Mandarin speakers, on this program you can choose between private tutoring...

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Australia

Seven Wonders of Australia

This is an unforgettable non-stop adventure program through the heart of the Land Down Under to witness the absolute best that Australia has to offer. In just two weeks you’ll...

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Australia

Awesome Aussie Service Adventure

Join us on our most popular two-week program in Australia. Experience the mountains, beaches, cities, and Outback of Australia on this two-week service adventure. Camp...

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Thailand

The Hill Tribe Support and Refugee Camp Experience

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...

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Thailand

Island Hopping and Diving

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...

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Thailand

Community Health and Wilderness First Aid

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...

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Fiji

Sun, Sand, and International Service

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

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Fiji

Fiji Diver's Dream

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,

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Marine Service and Adventure

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...

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Fiji

Pacific Adrenaline

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...

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Fiji

Escape to the Fiji Islands

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

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Dominican Republic

Life in the Bateyes

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...

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Dominican Republic

Island Living and Eco Service

This is a week-long adventure service trip in the tropical Samana Peninsula. Community service focuses on environmental conservation and improvement of local infrastructure.

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Dominican Republic

Summer Camp Leadership in the Dominican Republic

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,...

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Peru

Sacred Valley Service

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...

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Cambodia

From the Ground Up: A Seminar in International Development

For students interested in learning about international development and nonprofit work, this program is an ideal, hands-on introduction. Challenge yourself on this seminar-style...

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Dominican Republic

Introduction to Public Health in the Caribbean

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...

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Thailand

Wilderness First Responder

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...

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Peru

Peru by Backpack

For our super adventurous students who want to sharpen their backpacking skills, get ready for one of our most independent student programs! Create, plan, and embark on your...

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Thailand

Southeast Asian Adventurer

Discover the lush landscape of Thailand and Laos by climbing the Wat Phou, hiking the Phousi Mountain, and exploring the untouched wonders of the Thailand's hidden beaches.

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Cambodia

The Cambodia Children's Project

Arrive in Cambodia’s bustling capital, Phnom Penh, and deep dive into history. Explore the motorcycle-choked streets and catch glimpses of busy marketplaces as you witness...

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Tanzania

African Wildlife Conservation

Work with the famous Jane Goodall Institute and gain hands-on experience in wildlife research. You'’ll become the ultimate safari biologist when spotting chimpanzees in...

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Dominican Republic

Island Living and Eco-Service (Spring Break)

Explore mangroves, reef formations, and marine wildlife at Los Haitises National Park and Samaná peninsula. Get your hands dirty as you work on ecological restoration projects...

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