Gap Year Programs

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Why Take A Gap Year?

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.

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Rustic Pathways 2019-20 Gap Year Programs

Rustic Pathways is excited to be on the forefront of the gap year movement through our partnership with Verto Education. For the 2019-20 gap year, students will have the option to join a traditional adventure travel and community service Rustic Pathways gap semester. Students will also have the option to participate in a Verto Education gap year to earn college credit, which includes being accepted to one of Verto’s partner colleges.

Through Rustic and Verto, we can provide the right type of gap year experience for any student. 



South Pacific Semester

Spend the semester in Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand as you explore critical issues in Ecology, Species Conservation, and Cultural Anthropology

Spanish Immersion & Service

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.

Southeast Asia Semester

Develop an understanding of relevant issues in international business, global corporate ethics, international financial systems, and international development. Spend your semester in China and Thailand.


About Rustic Pathways

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.

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