Rustic Pathways is dedicated to service in the United States through education, rebuilding and environmental conservation. For the last five years, we have supported the rebuilding of New Orleans, one of America’s greatest cities and we are proud to expand our programs in the United States with new service trips in Arizona, Northern California, Alaska and Washington DC. We have well-travelled full-time and part-time staff in the United States and a deep commitment to excellence and service.
We custom design our Journeys to meet your school’s requirements, so please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your Journey through USA:
Rustic Pathways has developed various long-term partnerships with communities, cities local organisations in USA. Some of our service projects that you could support include:
Food Centre: The center where you’ll be working serves one hot meal each day, primarily to Native American local residents. It also offers emergency food boxes and holds literacy and enrichment programs for young students. Spend the morning in the kitchen, preparing food for those in need, and using donated fresh and canned food to create a hot, delicious meal for those who can’t afford to make their own.
Rebuilding New Orleans: Work with a grassroots rebuilding organization in New Orleans. Help out at a local school, community garden, or community center and see how the city is being rebuilt socially after the levee breaches in 2005 Work on alongside other volunteers on small-scale construction projects to help with this great cause.
Urban gardens: Work on an urban gardening project to learn about the city’s access to healthy food. Many blighted properties have been changed into functional, producing gardens that both provide foods for residents and restaurants, and help to beautify neighborhoods that have been in decline since the mid-20th century.
Refugees in Baltimore: Learn about the history and legislation surrounding refugee resettlement in Baltimore and aid in the development of literacy skills of refugee students. Through working with schools and NGO’s you can Teach and mentor refugee youth in Baltimore.
You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your Journey:
Desert Botanical Garden: Learn about the people, plants, and animals that have inhabited this area for thousands of years. Take in the beautiful and strange desert landscape and start to understand how live is different here than “back home.”
Montezuma’s Castle: Built by the Sinagua, northern cousins of the Hohokam, Montezuma Castle is a significant ruin between Phoenix and Flagstaff.
Food shortage in the land of excess: Get to know what kind of healthy food can be made for the least money and prepare the meal mostly using supplies from local donors. Learn why so many people are left without healthy food options in a land of excess, and what can be done to change that.
Arcosanti: Set just outside of Sedona, Arcosanti is a desert community that focuses on using ecology and design to create a sustainable space for people to live in this ever more complicated world. Take a tour of the town and sit down to a last dinner with the group, tour some art spaces, and settle in for a campfire and discussion in the cool night of Arizona’s beautiful desert.
French Quarter: Open your eyes to the unique culture of the Crescent City, New Orleans, starting in the famous French Quarter. Shop in the French Market, eat some beignets, and spend some time on Royal Street where musicians play while people wander shopping and taking in the day.
Cycling the city: Take a ride around New Orleans and see how the neighbourhoods were physically affected by the floods, and learn a little history of this special city.
Mardis Gras: Take an afternoon to learn about the Mardi Gras Indians from an expert, and explore the Faubourg Tremé neighborhood and the famous Congo Square.
International Rescue Committee: Meet with representatives in Baltimore from the International Rescue Committee to learn more about world humanitarian efforts and how they offer lifesaving care, and life-changing assistance, to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster
Washington D.C: Take a tour of any of the main attractions in this exciting city – The White House, Vietnam memorial, Capitol building, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns, WW2 memorial, National Mint, Grand Central Terminal, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument where the adventurous can climb to the top!
Adventure and challenge is inherent to every Journey, however, if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:
Hiking: Explore some of the Arizona hills and mountain regions with some unforgettable day hikes.
Alaska Wilderness: Become a true wilderness adventurer in America’s last frontier. Denali National Park will introduce you to the incredible views Alaska has to offer before heading out on the camping trip of a lifetime. Learn survival skills by a wilderness guide as you build shelters, make fire, and learn to live off the land. Take a thrilling whitewater rafting trip down Six Mile Creek where you’ll see diverse wildlife, such as whales, otters, and bears, and hike to views of stunning glaciers.
Grand Canyon: Head to the beautiful South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Watch the cactus and endless desert zoom past you as you head towards one of America’s most breathtaking landmarks. Walk around the rim, take some photos, and then explore! Bike around the Grand Canyon’s edge and look down at the tiny Colorado River, the water that carved this gorge millions of years ago.
Gumbo Cook-off: Listen to local Cajun music and pick up a few dance moves while learning to prepare a traditional southern dish known as gumbo. A fun a delicious way to spend an afternoon and the teams dishes will be judged by our hungry guides!
Baseball: Head to a Baltimore Orioles game at beautiful Camden Yards where you will enjoy America’s favourite pastime.
There are various accommodation options that we can offer in USA; it depends on how “rustic” you would like your Journey to be.
Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns
Hostel: Clean and safe accommodation with gender-separated shared bunkrooms.
Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your Journey. There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start designing your Journey! We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.