Mission, Vision & Values

At Rustic Pathways, we work at the intersection of education, travel, and philanthropy. Through our programs we facilitate life-changing educational experiences for students and use travel and philanthropy as a means to achieve sustainable development in the places we visit. We believe that by maintaining clear focus on each of these goals we are not only able to provide the most transformative experience for our students, but are also able to make a positive impact on the communities in which we work.

Our Mission

Rustic Pathways empowers students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

Our Vision

Rustic Pathways is committed to creating a world where…

  • Travel is accepted as an essential part of every education
  • Travel is a model of sustainable development
  • All people are connected by a shared humanity and all decisions are made with a global perspective


Integrity – We demand all actions be guided by an ethical code of dignity, honesty, and fairness.

Excellence – We hold ourselves to the highest standard of quality in everything we do. We are committed to constant improvement through diligence and determination.

Pioneering Spirit – We are free-thinkers, trendsetters, and boundary-pushers. We praise critical thought, curiosity, and creativity. We believe change stems from the power of ideas.

Passion – We infuse energy and joy into everything we do. We create positive energy. Our passion is genuine and contagious. We believe in what we do.

Teamwork – Together we overcome challenges and accomplish the extraordinary. We are better as a team than as individuals.

Community – We are a family. We cherish diversity and inclusivity. We actively connect people from across the world to create a shared humanity.

Global Responsibility – We always consider the impact of our actions on people, the planet, and our future. We all have a duty to create positive change in the world.

Safety – We strive to protect the safety and health of our students and staff through proper planning, prevention, and coordinated response.