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Pathfinders

Travel for students aged 17-19

Did COVID-19 ruin your plans to volunteer overseas for schoolies this year? Or are you in year 11/12 and won’t have another chance to travel with your school again? Don’t panic!! This year’s Pathfinders programs make the best of travel restrictions by offering you life changing experiences in countries that are safe to travel to! To add even more certainty we are offering a 100%* refund up until 60 days before departure if you change your mind or restrictions change! The world is waiting and these communities need you now more than ever.

Whether you’re making the shift from year 11 to year 12, looking for an alternative to schoolies, or transitioning from high school to further study…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, adventure travel and cultural immersion, Pathfinders programs allow you to explore unique parts of the world in a meaningful way. Run the local kids club in Fiji, build floating houses in Cambodia or trek the Himalayas. 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?

Pathfinders Programs December 2020 and January 2021


The best week of my life. Words cannot do justice to this experience

Female student, 17, Fiji Highlands alternative schoolies 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What if travel restrictions are not lifted by the time I’m due to travel?

Booking a Pathfinders Program is risk-free! Cancel for any reason, any time, up to 60 days prior to departure and receive 100% cash back. We understand the current uncertainty on booking travel. To support students and families, we have revised our cancellation policy for our 2020/21 Pathfinders Programs. You can cancel your booking for any reason at any time up until 60 days before your program start date and receive a 100% cash refund on the deposit and instalments you’ve made.

Is travelling on your own scary?

Don’t worry – you won’t really be on your own. Everyone else on the program will be in the same boat as you and you’ll quickly make friends. After our trips, students tell us that the other “strangers” on their program have become life-long friends. Think of this as an incredible opportunity to meet new people and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with great new friends!

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. International airfares are not included in any of our Pathfinders programs. Depending on the program, students will meet in an airport here in Australia and travel together, or fly to the destination airport separately where their friendly Rustic Pathways program leaders will be waiting for them. We are happy to book your flights for you, 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 4th November but please remember that space is strictly limited. We operate on a first come, first 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.