Rustic Pathways provides Adventurous Journeys, Residential Projects and Service opportunities for students to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Our programs range from domestic programs in Victoria and Queensland, to international programs in countries such as Fiji, Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania and Nepal. We work with schools and community groups to design customised programs for their DOE students, and we also offer scheduled departures for individual students during school holidays.
Discover the beauty of the Fijian islands and the kindness of the Fijian people. Undertake your Gold Duke of Ed Award by completing your Residential Project living in a village in the highlands, working alongside locals on education and infrastructure community service projects. Many options are available for both Exploration and Expedition Adventurous Journey’s, these include staying in our Eco-Lodge Base house in Momi Bay or our Island Base in the Yasawa Islands. Expedition journey’s include hiking and kayaking adventures. You’ll have the knowledge of Fiji at your fingertips with the guidance and support of friendly Rustic Pathways local and international staff.
Embark on a journey filled with a profound appreciation and understanding of the Khmer people, and the country of Cambodia, The Kingdom of Wonders. Complete your Gold Duke of Ed program with the Exploration Adventurous Journey in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham, where you’ll meet locals, conduct interviews and create meaningful and impactful projects. Learning about Cambodia’s history, and the impact it has on the people today, is an in-depth and challenging topic that the Duke of Ed would find inspiring. Then head to Siem Reap and visit the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat, before heading to a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, where you’ll complete your Residential Project.
Note: Expedition Adventurous Journey’s are not available in Cambodia.
Travel to Peru on the adventure of a lifetime! Delve into life in the Sacred Valley by completing your Gold Duke of Ed award in and around Cusco, Calca, and Ollantaytambo. During the Exploration Adventurous Journey, students will have a number of research and project ideas including issues surrounding gender inequality in Peruvian education. Explore and discuss the realities of access and obstacles to education with local students. Complete your Residential Project by participating in meaningful service projects with our partner the Sacred Valley Project. For an Expedition Adventurous Journey, go on an epic hike through the majestic Andes mountains and be forever blown away by Peru’s beauty. Options to hike Machu Picchu or visit at the end of program, and finish up by zip lining across valleys!
Note: Additional options include exploring the Amazon and Lake Titicaca.