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    Rustic Pathways | Gap Year Programs

    Rustic Pathways | Gap Year Programs


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: Costa Rica, Fiji, Peru, Thailand, Dominican Republic
    • Credit Awarded: None
    • Program Length: Two Months, Semester
    • Start Month: September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Cabins, Homestay, Hotel, Other, Tents
    • Application Fee: $200
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    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.

    The Land of Smiles: Gap in Thailand -- 8 week program. Journey in Thailand from East to West, North to South.  Explore the history, encounter traditional cultures, immerse and learn to live like a local, and while contributing to community development projects, you’ll gain a profound understanding of the region, the people and your travel mates.

    Spanish Immerision and Service -- 11 week program. Engage with locals of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Peru. Culturally immerse yourself as you expore these three place and undergo service for the betterment of local communities. Here is your chance to learn Spanish as well.

    South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills -- 11 week marine-focused, high-energy semester. Experience a balance of community-driven service, adventure, and experiential learning. Engage with locals and complete variety of service efforts that may include agricultural, educational, and public health-based projects. 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.

    Reviews (3)

    • Rustic Pathways South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills Semester
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      Reviewed on Nov/25/2016 by Kenlyn

      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!

    • Rustic Pathways South Pacific Service and Ocean Skills Semester
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      Reviewed on May/16/2016 by Jenny

      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!

    • Service in Southeast Asia Gap Semester
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      Reviewed on May/12/2016 by Camila - Mexico

      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.