Pathfinders

Are you between the ages of 17 – 19, passionate about travel and looking to have a positive impact in the world? Or are you trying to figure out your next move…what to study, where to work, and how to go about this thing called ‘life’? Travelling could be the best thing for you and our Pathfinders programs are just the right fit.

Whether you’re making the shift from year 11 to year 12, looking for an alternative to Schoolies, transitioning from high school to further study, entering the work force, or want to travel but aren’t sure how to start…Pathfinders has you covered. These programs connect you with passionate, like-minded people of a similar age to travel together with a common purpose. Pathfinders are all about choosing the road less taken and discovering new things about yourself, others and your world.

Through service work, adventure travel and cultural immersion, Pathfinders programs allow you to explore unique parts of the world in a meaningful way. You could help build a school in Fiji, teach kids in Cambodia, live in remote villages and care for elephants in Thailand! Learn valuable skills and life-lessons that will help guide you into the next chapter of your life. Travel with Rustic this year. Which path will you choose?

Frequently Asked Questions


Are Pathfinders programs your Alternative Schoolies trips?

Our Pathfinders trips are perfect for students who are looking for an alternative to Schoolies. We’ve kept our original Schoolies structure the same, but have now expanded the age range to allow for greater diversity.

Who can come on a Pathfinders program?

Any Australian resident between the ages of 17 – 19 years old.

What’s the deal with flights?

We’re here to assist you with all your flight needs. Return group flights from Melbourne are included in both the Thailand and Cambodia programs. If you prefer to make your own way to Thailand/Cambodia, that’s fine, just let us know and we can remove the flight cost and give you instructions on how to meet the group in country.

For our Fiji programs, group flights are not included and students meet each other in Nadi. We can book your flights, or you can make your own travel arrangements. Please contact us for assistance with any flight related requests.

I’m 18. Am I allowed to drink?

No. Our programs are 100% drug and alcohol free. If you’re looking for a party trip, we respectfully suggest that you look elsewhere.

I’m 20 years old or above. Can I come on a Pathfinders program?

Unfortunately not. These programs are only available for young adults between the ages of 17 – 19 years old. Please contact us for Gap Year opportunities.

I just graduated high school and I’m looking to have a gap experience. Would Pathfinders be a good fit for me?

Absolutely! Our Pathfinders programs are the perfect fit for anyone who is looking to get out there and travel but would also like the support and expertise of our awesome program leaders. Our program leaders can also help prep you for independent travel post Pathfinders.

When do I need to enrol by?

Enrolments close on 1st October but please remember that space is strictly limited. We operate on a first come, fist served basis so we suggest enrolling ASAP to avoid missing out.

I’d like to do some fundraising to help lower the cost of my trip. Can you assist?

Yes! We’ve put together a useful guide to help you out with fundraising. Please contact us for a copy.