Service and Adventure Programs

On our programs, students can immerse themselves in local culture, participate in purposeful community service projects, explore incredible destinations and make lifelong friends. Whether you're a first-time traveler, a community service buff, or an off-the-beaten path pioneer, we have the perfect summer adventure for you.

Explore Our 2014 Destinations

Australia   Burma   Cambodia   China   Costa Rica   Dominican Republic   Fiji Islands   Ghana   India   Laos   Mongolia   Morocco   Peru   Spain   Tanzania   Thailand   United States  


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Australia

Australia

    Experience Australia’s natural wonders as you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, hike the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, spot wild koalas in a national park and learn how to surf from expert coaches along the Sunshine Coast. Feel like an Aussie as you learn how to play a didgeridoo, throw a boomerang, and cook over a campfire, or get hands on with unique wildlife and volunteer at Steve Irwin’s world famous Australia Zoo. 

    Programs in Australia

Burma

Burma

    Venture down dusty backcountry roads to small hillside villages and experience the welcoming smiles and nature of the Burmese. Float down the Mekong River, marvel at pristine waterfalls, and delve into some the issues facing tribal youth in remote areas of the country.

    Programs in Burma

Cambodia

Cambodia

    Marvel at the ancient splendor of Angkor Wat and cruise past unbelievable floating villages. Immerse yourself in local life as you teach English to eager school children, examine real world challenges of local communities in need, and transform the future of remote communities. 

    Programs in Cambodia

China

China

    Discover the stirring contrast between urban Beijing and the rural countryside as you walk along the Great Wall and marvel at the majestic limestone Karsts of China’s southern countryside. Study Mandarin with university professors or care for pandas at one of the most progressive panda centers in the world! 
     

    Programs in China

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

    Experience the warmth and laid-back vibe of Tico culture as you contribute to sea turtle conservation efforts, immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of the Maleku tribe, or get adventurous and explore the jungle and zip line through the rainforest. 

    Programs in Costa Rica

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

    Learn about the country’s rich history as you wander through Santo Domingo’s colonial zone, home to the first university, cathedral, and hospital in the Americas. Work in the impoverished Batey communities and help them gain access to life’s basic necessities, teach English to eager university students, and help bring running water to rural communities in the country’s mountains. Horseback ride to secluded pristine beaches, soak up the sun, and white water raft down the longest river in the Caribbean. 

    Programs in Dominican Republic

Fiji Islands

Fiji Islands

    Fall in love with this magnificent country as you escape to beautiful, secluded beaches, explore the colorful underwater world or challenge yourself to embrace the simplicity of rural village life. Contribute to meaningful service projects at our Eco-Lodge, live with a local family and work alongside community leaders, or get adventurous and sail, kayak, zip line, hike and snorkel! 

    Programs in Fiji Islands

Ghana

Ghana

    Experience the warm hospitality of the Volta region as you immerse yourself in local village life. Feel like a member of the community as you live with a family, teach at the local school, and contribute to small-scale community development projects. Hike through the jungle to the base of the largest waterfall in West Africa, safari in search of African elephants and relax on the coast’s beautiful beaches. 

    Programs in Ghana

India

India

    Feel the positive energy of the Dalai Lama as you climb through the mystical mountain ranges of the McLeod Ganj province and bask in the stunning beauty of the mighty Himalayas. Admire colorful prayer flags and twirling prayer wheels spun by hopeful hands, teach English to eager local teenagers, and learn traditional crafts and skills from native artisans. 

    Programs in India

Laos

Laos

    Experience the richness of this seldom-explored country as you venture through jungle-covered mountains and hidden caves filled with sparkling rock formations. Immerse yourself in village life, help rebuild a local school, teach English, and create positive educational changes for Hmong children. Our team of full-time local staff Laos allows us to really step off the beaten path and experience places most foreigners never come close to seeing. 

    Programs in Laos

Mongolia

Mongolia

    Horseback ride through the breathtaking steppes, trek through the Wild West of the Altai Mountains, and visit the last Eagle Hunters on earth as you adopt the nomadic lifestyle.

    Programs in Mongolia

Morocco

Morocco

    Discover the unique culture of this vibrant country as you bask in the artistic ambiance and musical vibe of the white-walled coastal city of Essaouira and wander through the maze of colorful souqs and riads in Marrakech. Ride camels in the Sahara Desert, relax along the Mediterranean Coast, and take in breathtaking landscapes of the countryside. 

    Programs in Morocco

Peru

Peru

    Scale glaciated Andean peaks, explore ancient Incan ruins of Cusco, enter the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, and work alongside locals in welcoming communities. Marvel at the sight of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, and work with direct descendants of the Incan Empire on service projects. 
     

    Programs in Peru

Spain

Spain

    Explore the historic architecture and world-class art of Spain's cities, hike through the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains, or escape to the country's beautiful beaches - all while perfecting your Spanish skills! Rustic Pathways would like to extend a warm thank you to all who joined us during our first summer in Spain. We're looking forward to another European adventure in 2014!
     

    Programs in Spain

Tanzania

Tanzania

    Experience awe at its finest as you summit the world’s tallest freestanding volcano and Africa’s highest peak. Spot the Big Five while on safari in Serengeti National Park, and soak up the sun while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. Work at the local school in the small village of Mongola Juu and make a difference in the community by working on small-scale construction projects. 
     

    Programs in Tanzania

Thailand

Thailand

    Join us at our Ricefields Service Base in Udon Thani or, Rustic Pathways Children's Home in Mae Seraing, or Elephant Conservation in Chiang Mai and discover your home away from home. With over sixty full-time local staff and almost three decades of program operations, traveling with us to Thailand feels like stepping into a second family. 

    Programs in Thailand

United States

United States

    Rebuild a great American city as you take in smooth jazz rhythms and savor Cajun flavors. Inspire deserving students in rural America to love learning and provide them with the skills and academic attention they need to excel in school. Marvel at the magnitude of the Grand Canyon and explore San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods. 

    Programs in United States