Rustic Pathways Program Opportunities

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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Fiji

Intro to Community Service in Fiji

Work on a variety of community service projects while staying at our beautiful Eco-Lodge Service Base in Fiji. From tutoring at a local school to working on small construction...

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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 and the Crater

Service buffs will enjoy this rustic, two-week intensive program. Spend most of your days completing service work in a village outside of the Ngorongoro Crater in northern...

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Tanzania

Climbing Kili

Adventure to the roof of Africa on this six-day trek to the continent’s highest peak. Start with a short introduction to the unique culture of the region as you engage

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Thailand

The Amazing Thailand Adventure

Explore Thailand, from top to bottom on this whirlwind touring expedition. Delve into Buddhism in while being blow away by the architecture of some of Thailand’s most famous...

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Thailand

Ricefields, Monks, and Smiling Children

Get involved with a variety of powerful service initiatives that benefit your host community in northeastern Thailand. Teach English, build homes, cook delicious Thai food,...

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United States

Leader Corps: Alaska

For college students and recent grads! Explore the rugged frontier of Alaska during this week-long program packed with learning and adventure. Participate in daily workshops...

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United States

Key Largo MarineLab

Spend a week in Key Largo discovering an entire world under the ocean’s surface with MarineLab. You will spend part of your day learning about the complex ecological systems...

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United States

Young Explorers: California Rush

Make your way through all the diverse terrain California has to offer during the ultimate road trip. Start your journey in the iconic city of San Francisco – home to the...

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United States

Young Explorers: Key Largo Marine Lab

Spend a week in Key Largo discovering an entire world under the ocean’s surface with MarineLab. You will spend part of your day learning about the complex ecological systems...

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Thailand

Elephants and the Amazing Thailand Adventure

Work with elephants under the guidance and supervision of professional handlers, skilled Rustic Pathways leaders, and trained mahouts at a world-renowned facility. Learn

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Thailand

Children’s Home and Elephant Sanctuary Project

This program is your chance to become part of the extended family at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home, then spend quality time week working with a herd of elephants

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Thailand

Life on the Margin

Sawat dee, and welcome to Thailand! Join the family while living at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home, teaching in a local public school, and tutoring the students who...

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Tanzania

Njoro Village Service Immersion

Immerse yourself in village life on this one-week service program in northern Tanzania, near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Help transform a primary school into a more effective environment...

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Tanzania

Serengeti to Zanzibar

Explore the incredible wildlife of Tanzania on this ultimate safari adventure. Ride through both the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater, spotting the famous...

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Tanzania

The Maji Safi Project

Partner with locally run NGOs to take a deep look into one of the most Critical Issues of your generation—the global water crisis. Droughts and a changing climate have

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Peru

Leader Corps: Peru

For college students and recent grads! Take your career opportunities to new heights, literally! Enjoy a week in the Peru hiking to Machu Picchu and soaking up Peruvian colors...

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Peru

Sacred Valley Service (Spring Break)

Trade in a typical spring break at the beach for a meaningful service experience in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Contribute to a potable water project in a rural community...

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Peru

La Nina Andina: The Andes Women’s Initiative

Dive deep into the issues surrounding access to education and opportunities for women on this Critical Issues program. Over the next two weeks, you’ll visit a dormitory...

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Myanmar

Documenting Democracy

Take an in-depth look at this historically closed nation and the role media have played in its emerging democracy. Speak with local artists, filmmakers, students, and families...

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Morocco

Peace, Wonder, and Understanding Islam

Dive deep into the belief system surrounding Islamic faith in Morocco. By taking a look at global issues as they are lived on-the-ground, students will further develop skills...

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Laos

Backroads of Southeast Asia

Embark on this classic backpacking trip through unique and off-the-beaten path locations throughout Southeast Asia. You will have the opportunity to experience rural village...

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Laos

Southeast Asian Adventurer

Prepare for the ultimate adventure of climbing, hiking, and exploring the natural beauty of Thailand and Laos. Discover beautiful waterfalls and keep your eyes out for monkeys...

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Laos

Wonders of Laos

Explore Laos and all the wonders it has to offer—visit ancient Buddhist caves, learn about Buddhism from monks, hike to the top of a waterfall, and participate in a traditional...

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Fiji

Spring to Fiji (Spring Break)

Spring to Fiji is a chance to experience the magic of Fiji in one action-packed week. Get a taste of what Fiji has to offer through a combination of service projects and

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Fiji

Impact of Climate Change on Marine Environments

Our Critical Issues programs are themed learning and service programs designed to immerse students in global challenges as seen in communities around the world. In this program,...

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Dominican Republic

Bats, Hats, and Gloves: Baseball and Service

Baseball is life in the Dominican Republic. Experience first hand the passion that is found at all levels of Dominican society as you play bitilla with local children, scrimmage...

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Dominican Republic

Leader Corps: Dominican Republic

For college students and recent grads! Enjoy a week in the Dominican Republic exploring this beautiful country while developing your professional and interpersonal skills....

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Cuba

Off the Map: Cuba

Travel by horse, boat, and foot through several of Cuba’s Central and Western provinces to some of the island’s most remote destinations. Participate in mangrove restoration...

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Cuba

Intro to Photography in Cuba

This program is designed to give students an up close and personal “through the lens” look at Cuban life, architecture, and natural landscapes. Capture life in Havana’s...

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Costa Rica

Vanishing Cultures of the Rainforest

Program Summary:Explore the challenges facing two of Costa Rica’s eight remaining indigenous groups. Through interviews with community members, compare the experiences

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Cambodia

Ultimate Asia

Ultimate Asia is an epic three week exploration of Asia’s most incredible countries. Travel with a group of Rustic Pathways alumni through China, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand,...

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Australia

Golden Sands and Helping Hands

Experience the variety of Australia, all in one week! Visit the Steve Irwin Zoo and the Wildlife Warriors Animal Hospital, hike through the Glass House Mountains, jet boat...

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Australia

Great Barrier Reef Dive Expedition

Join this extreme two-week, 21-dive expedition on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with distinguished marine scientist Dr. Olaf Meynecke. In your first week, learn-to-dive...

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Australia

Young Explorers: Land Down Under

Australia is the perfect destination for young explorers. Fly direct from Los Angeles to Brisbane and discover magnificent beaches, countryside and rainforest through service...

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Myanmar

The Heart of Myanmar

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

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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. Stay at the Rustic Pathways Base House in a sustainable ranch...

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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

Viva Cuba! Culture and Conservation

Join us for an amazing cultural exchange in the exciting Cuban cities of Havana and Trinidad. This program is tailored for those who are passionate about environmental conservation....

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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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Tanzania

African Wildlife Conservation

Join the efforts of young environmentalists and aspiring biologists all over the world as part of Rustic’s Critical Issues environmental conservation program. Travel around...

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United States

The Refugee Education Project

Teach and mentor refugee youth in Baltimore and explore historic Washington D.C.! Learn about the history and legislation surrounding refugee resettlement in Baltimore and...

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United States

California Rush

Make your way through all the diverse terrain California has to offer during the ultimate road trip. Start your golden coast adventure in San Francisco: home of the hills...

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United States

Off the Map: Alaska

Become a true wilderness adventurer as you venture into America’s last frontier. Embark on the camping trip of a lifetime. Learn to thrive while camping in the remote Alaskan...

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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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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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Thailand

Elephants and Amazing Thailand (College Program)

Designed especially for college students, this two-week program will expose you to elephant conservation efforts and allow you to bond with these majestic animals. Connect...

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Southeast Asian Adventurer

Prepare for the ultimate adventure of climbing, hiking, biking, and exploring the natural beauty of Thailand and Laos. Discover beautiful waterfalls and keep your eyes out...

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Peru

Peru by Backpack

Gear up for one of our most independent programs. Become an experienced backpacker by planning your meals, housing, and travel arrangements, and trekking across the diverse...

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Thailand

The Rustic Pathways Children's Home

Live with students from Karen hill tribe villages at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home in northwestern Thailand. You’ll form close bonds with these eager students as...

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Morocco

Souqs and Service

Experience rural life in the Atlas Mountains on this two-week service-intensive program. Get to know what life is like in this remote region of Morocco, the second-poorest...

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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

Join an epic journey from the lush Mongolian steppes of the Tuul River Valley to the snow-capped mountains of Tavan Bogd. Explore untamed lands and trek through the remote...

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Laos

Sticky Rice Service Adventure

The perfect adventure for students seeking meaningful service work and cultural immersion in Laos. Stay in a homestay in a rural village where you will partner with local...

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Laos

Come With Nothing: The Mekong Expedition

Welcome to one of our most intense service programs in Southeast Asia! The name is not a joke - Come with nothing! Bring only what you can pack in a carry-on bag and buy

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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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Dominican Republic

Summer Camp Leadership in the Dominican Republic

Develop leadership skills on this two week program that includes 60 hours of community service. You’ll create and run a day camp for marginalized young students in the

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Dominican Republic

Island Living and Eco Service

Explore mangroves, reef formations, and marine wildlife at Los Haitises National Park on this week-long adventure service trip in the tropical Samaná peninsula. Get your...

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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? This trip is for you! See the best that Fiji has to offer...

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Fiji

Pacific Adrenaline

The ultimate South Pacific adventure experience! This program is a three-week excursion through Fiji and New Zealand, created especially for the adventurous type. Discover...

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Marine Service and Adventure

If you’re interested in marine biology or love spending time in the ocean, this is the program for you! Fiji is home to the third-largest reef system in the world and thousands...

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Fiji

Fiji Diver's Dream

This program is for certified or new divers alike. Warm water, gentle currents, and countless dive sites also make Fiji a diver's paradise and one of the best places to check...

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Sun, Sand, and International Service

Stay at our Eco-Lodge Service Base in Fiji for two to ten weeks. Your weekdays will be filled with a variety of community service projects while on the weekend you can enjoy...

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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 traversing this unique and incredibly diverse country. Volunteer at a village in the high Atlas Mountains. Then, head to the Sahara Desert where you will

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United States

Rebuilding New Orleans: Spring Break

Spend your spring break helping to rebuild a historic American city. Damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 can still be seen throughout New Orleans. Work with local organizations...

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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. In...

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Thailand

Community Health and Wilderness First Aid

Get certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR and practice basic medical skills in the communities surrounding the Ricefields Service Base in northeastern Thailand. Learn...

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Thailand

Island Hopping and Diving

This program showcases some of the best destinations in southern Thailand–from the quaint fishing villages and coconut farms of Ko Yao Noi, to some of the most popular

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Thailand

Come with Nothing, Go Home Rich

Challenge yourself on one of our most rustic, service-intensive programs. Come with only one carry-on bag and five extra items. Once in country, you’ll shop for clothes...

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Thailand

The Thai Elephant Conservation Project

Learn about elephant conservation and become a certified elephant handler on this one-week service program at the Royal Thai Elephant Conservation Center. Bond with your

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Thailand

Intro to Community Service in Thailand

Delve into the warm culture of rural northeastern Thailand as you participate in eight meaningful service projects designed to benefit students, the elderly, and families...

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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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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

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

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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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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Rustic Pathways Gap Year

Sign up for one of our Rustic Pathways Gap programs, wherein each run for a semester. No matter what you join, guarantee incredible opportunities for travel, service, non-cognitive...

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