Rustic Pathways offers five transformative student travel and service summer programs in the United States that offer meaningful community service, cultural exploration or outdoor adventure! Whether you are 12 or 18, we have a trip for you!
Each of our 14-day US-based programs is designed to give you an entirely new perspective of America and engage you in what makes this country unique.
Aloha Service & Adventure (ages 14-18): Work alongside local organizations in their mission to safeguard Hawaii’s biodiversity and preserve and honor the land, history, and culture of Hawaii. In addition to service, get a taste of what makes Hawaii an island paradise. Relax on the white sand beaches of Hawaii, learn to surf, hike through lush forests, and take in millions of stars atop Mauna Kea. Learn about the unique and rich history of Kanaka Maoli, Hawaii’s native people. Before heading home, glimpse the powerful forces that created this volcanic Island in Volcanoes National Park.
Rebuilding the American Dream (ages 15-18): Assist in the ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Houston and New Orleans. Neighborhoods in both New Orleans and Houston experienced unprecedented damage following Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. Help residents and local organizations working to rebuild homes and neighborhood infrastructure. Soak up New Orleans’ famous atmosphere as you enjoy music in the birthplace of jazz. Live bands, fresh jambalaya, and friendly locals will show you the true meaning of Southern hospitality. Learn what it means when locals say “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Explore NASA’s Johnson Space Center and savor true Texas barbecue in Houston.
Young Explorers: California Rush (ages 12-13): Make your way through all the diverse terrain California has to offer during the ultimate road trip. Start your journey in the iconic city of San Francisco – home to the Golden Gate Bridge. Camp under the stars in the redwood forests, surf the waves on the coast, hike through the Sierra Nevada mountains, kayak in Lake Tahoe, roam the beaches of Big Sur, and prepare for the breathtaking views of Yosemite in an incredible journey of a lifetime.
Off the Map: Alaska (ages 16-18): Become a true wilderness adventurer in America’s last frontier. Embark on the camping tripof a lifetime. Learn to thrive while camping in the remote Alaskan wilderness, hike to see breathtaking views, ice climb on the Root Glacier and packraft among icebergs. Whitewater raft down the Matanuska River before experiencing the Kenai Peninsula where you will see whales, otters and sea lions.
California Rush (ages 14-18): Make your way through all the diverse terrain California has to offer during the ultimate road trip. Start your golden coast adventure in San Francisco: home of the hills and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Camp under the stars in the redwood forests, surf the waves on the coast, hike through the Sierra Nevada mountains, kayak in Lake Tahoe, dive into the waterfalls of Big Sur, and prepare for the breathtaking views of Yosemite in an incredible journey of a lifetime.