A gap year is anything but a year off!
In fact, gap programs are formative experiences for high school juniors and seniors. They encourage personal growth and also can help students determine how best to pursue their college education.
Research has shown that defering college to travel, work, and volunteer overseas can be among the most important choices a high school student makes. And best of all, it's supported by top colleges and universities.
Rustic Pathways Gap programs each last for one semester and are designed to provide opportunities for travel, cultural immersion, service and non-cognitive skills development.
Among the many options built into our programs, students can immerse themselves in Latin American culture, learn marine conservation in the South Pacific, or intern with a Rustic Pathways partner organization.
(Enroll by March 12th and save $150 on program application fees.)
Our most popular and longest-running programs, travel to several countries within a semester and take part in meaningful service projects along the way.
Learn and practice Spanish through local interaction, home stay experiences, and structured classroom time as you travel to Costa Rica, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Ideal for independently driven students, this program offers internships in Rustic Pathways’ destination countries across the globe.
Many Rustic Pathways students choose the exciting option of combining multiple programs during a single trip. Many of our programs are designed to connect easily. If it’s possible, we’ll make it happen!
Rustic Pathways is a leader in providing superior quality educational service and adventure programs for students.
Far from being a year off, a gap year may be the most fulfilling, exciting, and important year of your education. Travel and contribute to community service projects, learn a new skill, or get practical work experience while immersing yourself in another culture.
We offer one-, two-, and three-week spring break and summer experiences, gap year programs, and custom group trips in 19 countries. Programs are carefully designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals.
Across the globe, our local staff fosters lasting relationships with the communities in which we work, enabling our students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences.