Rustic Pathways offers both semester-long and month-long gap year adventure programs for both fall and spring semesters. Combining both service and adventure, a gap year will provide you with learning experiences impossible to obtain at school.
Rustic Pathways currently offers three different types of three-month long semester programs and two month-long adventures. Programs range in level of activity, independence, and community service. Each type of program is tailored to specific student needs based on their comfort levels, goals, and interests.
Come with Nothing: Golden Triangle Expedition -- For one-month travel to three remote villages where you’ll live with the locals and work with them on school and community infrastructure projects. Start with a homestay in a village along the Thai-Myanmar border. Moving from northern Thailand and into Laos, travel by boat overnight down Mekong River before delving into village life in northern Laos.
Adventure Capital of the World -- This one month adventure is perfect for extreme sports lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, this one-month program encompasses the best adventure and outdoor activities New Zealand and Fiji have to offer. Get ready to lace up, strap in, and take the plunge into this adrenaline lovers DREAM! Whether you are already hooked on extreme sports or are just testing the waters for the first time, this trip offers the perfect combination of adventure and touring in two spectacular countries.
Golden Lands and World Heritage -- From remote villages to modern cities and sacred ruins to tropical islands, this semester traces a spectacular route through Southeast Asia’s celebrated sites and best-kept secrets. While exploring history, encountering traditional cultures, living like a local, and contributing to community-driven service projects, you’ll gain a profound understanding of the region.
Spanish Immersion: From Havana to Machu Pichu -- Discover the stunning natural wonders, friendly people, and rich cultures of Latin America while studying Spanish and participating in meaningful community service projects. Learn about indigenous cultures and engage with locals through service projects and homestays in three different regions: Central America, the Andes, and the Caribbean. Whether you’re a first time Spanish language learner or nearly fluent, practicing Spanish in places with varying accents and dialects will give your skills a major boost.
South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills -- Surround yourself in sun, sand, and surf as you travel to the far reaches of the South Pacific. Visit Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia* on this marine- focused, high-energy semester. In Fiji, splash in waterfalls, soak in the laid-back island life, and live with a homestay family in the rural highlands. Venture through New Zealand, and find incredible adventures at every turn. Spot dolphins and penguins and marvel at breathtaking landscapes. In Australia, learn how to surf and scuba dive, and earn certificates in Wilderness First Aid and surf life saving.
For more information regarding our gap year programs, you can find them on our website: https://rusticpathways.com/gap-year/programs
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The gap semester program Rustic offers is amazing. The three months I spent in the South Pacific were unforgettable and life changing. Rustic created an awesome itinerary and we always had something fun and exciting to do. It was an awesome combination between service work and pure fun. I loved my leaders and the people on my trip. I would definitely recommend Rustic to anyone and everyone!
Going on this trip was hands-down the best decision I've ever made! Rustic delivers an experience unparalleled to any other organization. The leaders are phenomenal people who truly care about the success of their students and the students are some of the most conscientious, excited, adventurous, cool people out there. I've never felt closer to a group of people in such a short amount of time as I did on this program. I was genuinely sad to leave and I wish it could have gone on for months more. I learned so much about myself and about the world on my gap semester, much more than I've ever learned in a classroom. If you want to travel on your gap year, there is no better way to do it than with Rustic! You will not regret it!
I travelled with Rustic around Southeast Asia for a semester and it is one of the best experiences I have ever had. The program took me to places you could never possibly find on your own and also gave me unique opportunities, like staying with a local family in a rural village in Thailand. The leaders as well as the local staff are incredible people who make your time with Rustic unforgetable. I probably learned more about life in my three months than I would have learned in many years of school. I think taking a gap is a great way to grow as a person and experience new things, and Rustic Pathways really helps make the best of this important time.