Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways allows you to dive into a new culture while providing service to a community that is far from home, but finds a home in your heart.

Rustic Pathways offers a new path to travel for students.

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Rustic Pathways offers an array of opportunities for students and families to combine service and adventure abroad. This organization offers a variety of programs for young adults to gain a cultural experience with like-minded individuals.

Choose a destination to cross off your bucket-list, such as Australia, China, Peru or Ghana, and become immersed in a new way of life.

According to the Rustic Pathways official site,, “[in] 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.”

Choose a time that suits your schedule, a year, a summer, a semester or any time span that is convenient for you. Students are faced with the pressure of choosing a path after high school or college, to choose a school, a major or a career. Rustic Pathways is an alternative path to choose before committing to a life more ordinary. This is a path that requires a student to be an individual, not tested by way of written scores or credits per class, but rather the test of independent growth and success.

Choose a program that suits your interests. Among an almost too-long list to narrow the choice to just one, students can be involved with community development, education, the environment, language immersion or wildlife conservation. All programs offer different opportunities, but promise equal rewards.

Relatable proven success of Rustic Pathways lies within your community! Caitlin Kennedy, a junior at Montclair High School, will be getting ready to go abroad her second time around with Rustic Pathways this summer.

Kennedy traveled to Thailand where she helped build a school library for the Mae Lai Village. Kennedy will be packing up her belongings once again,  one 30-pound bag for a month-long stay. When arriving at her destination, she will be purchasing necessary clothing and items from the local village. If you want to immerse yourself in a new culture like Kennedy, go to and search for a program that works best for you!

Be prepared for an experience that will leave you wanting more!

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