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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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