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How it Works

Rustic Pathways is proud to offer customisable group programs to suit a wide range of needs. Whether you’re a teacher looking at options for travelling with your students, a sports coach wanting to adventure with your team, a parent searching out a more engaged way to travel with your family, or really anyone looking to travel with a group you’re part of, we’ve got you covered!

Putting together your ideal Rustic Pathways trip is simple. Just follow the steps lined out below and you’ll be well on your way!

Step 1. Choose a Destination

Peruse our destinations. With 19 countries to choose from, there’s sure to be at least one that sparks your interest!

Under each of the destinations you will find an overview of some of the experiences available in that country.

All our programs involve elements of:

  • Community service projects
  • Education and global studies
  • Cultural immersion & exchange
  • Adventure & challenge

Consider why you want to travel and what the main focus of your trip should be.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a destination:

Trip Length – While one week is certainly long enough for a visit within the Asia-Pacific region, you may want to consider a two or three week program if you plan on travelling further afield.

Impact Opportunities – Each country offers different service opportunities. Have a think about whether you want your efforts to benefit people, animals or nature? Do you see your group getting their hands dirty with an infrastructure construction project or is running a holiday program or tutoring students more their vibe? Our programs are centred around specific types of service projects, so take some time to think about what you would enjoy working on, where your skill sets lie, and how much service you want to do.

Step 2. Connect With Us

Get in contact with us. Share your interests with one of our Group Travel Managers who will design your ideal program. Think of your Group Travel Manager as a personal travel concierge who will help you identify the right type of program, connect you with our country teams, work to your budget, and provide all your pre-travel support. They will be with you every step of the way!

Step 3. Pre-Departure Phase

The pre-departure phase is the time between your commitment to running the program and getting on that plane! We will support the teachers, parents and students throughout the journey.

For the teachers, we will be with you every step of the way providing you with one main contact at Rustic. We’ll provide you with an Educator’s Guide to Learning Through Travel and other helpful materials. The school will have the option to have full administration support to book flights, organise travel insurance, collect payments, medical forms, passports and visas. A Rustic Pathways representative will be available for presentations at the school and will provide a comprehensive risk management plan.

For the parents, we are available every day of the working week over phone and email to help answer questions and provide support.

For the students, we provide a series of educational emails, called The Rustic Globe, that teaches students about their destination so they are well informed by the time they get there. Students will also receive a t-shirt, luggage tag and sticker.

Step 4. Travel on the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Our outstanding program leaders will meet you at the airport in-country and will have all logistics taken care of. That means all you and your group have to focus on is immersing yourselves in local culture, participating in meaningful service, making new friends and creating lasting memories!

Step 5. Post-Travel Phase – Rustic Life

Once students return from the trip of their lifetime, we want them to feel supported and part of a community – Rustic Life offers ongoing education and opportunities in Australia after students return from their travels with Rustic. The objectives of Rustic Life are to:

  • Build a sense of community between all Rustic Pathways students across Australia
  • Bring together young, progressive minds to create positive change
  • Provide Rustic students with ongoing resources and opportunities for personal growth
  • Continue empowering students to positively impact lives and communities around the world

Ways in which students can be involved:

  • Read our monthly emails – be wildly informed on citizenship, community impact, events, personal development and service opportunities in Australia and around the globe
  • Check out our new blog posts when they come out (and maybe even write one yourself!)
  • Follow us on Instagram – it’s the hub of the Rustic Life community
  • Attend networking events and workshops
  • Collaborate with other Rustic students and families
  • Become a Rustic Life Ambassador

Rustic Life has also established a national committee of Rustic Life Ambassadors who are driving the movement forward with the support of our team and in partnership with some of Australia’s leading youth organisations.

Travelling with Rustic Pathways opens students’ eyes to the world. Our hope is that Rustic Life will continue to serve as a resource for our students as they journey through life.