Summer USA High School Programs with Rustic Pathways

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Rustic Pathways offers a variety of spring break and summer programs in the United States, showcasing the diversity of the country itself. Service buffs flock to our programs in New Orleans and Baltimore, while adventurers have a blast exploring the great outdoors in Alaska and California. Programs are one to two weeks long and can connect to other Rustic Pathways programs around the world.

“When people think of 'traveling,' I think they believe that they need to cross a large body of water to get a rich cultural experience. For me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I believe our programs in the States challenge students in every way and open their eyes to the beauty and vast diversity of America.”
--Marc Mankowski, Rustic Pathways USA Country Director

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based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 8.4
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.8
  • Value 8.3
  • Safety 8.8
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3 stars

This was an okay program, but I don't think that I would want to go again. It was extremely costly and I felt that a lot of the other people there just went because their parents could (easily) afford it and they needed something interesting to put on their college applications.

No, I don't recommend
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Good Works & the Grand Canyon Summer 2014

I chose this program because of the combined community service and adventure travel aspect of it, and I'm so glad I did. We did about 20 hours of service on this trip with the goal to help provide food to low income families, and I really feel like Rustic Pathways helped me make a difference. We packed boxes of food, bagged bulk goods, and prepared food in the kitchen, but the most meaningful thing to me was handing the boxes we had packed to people and seeing the impact it made for their families. As for the adventure travel part of the trip, I had a blast. We did all kinds of things outdoors, but the highlight for me was seeing the Grand Canyon. It is absolutely incredible and something that everyone should see in person at least once in their life. If you're not sure about going on a trip like this, take these last words of advice: I went into this trip not knowing anyone, and I came out of it with close friends and experiences both fun and meaningful that I will remember forever.

How can this program be improved?
On the packing list, we were told to bring a sleeping bag and hiking boots so I brought both, but we didn't end up needing those. The only thing to improve would be making the packing list absolutely clear.
Yes, I recommend
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Rebuilding New Orleans

This trip has been the most valuable and impactful experience in my life. Helping to rebuild houses for these people and meeting them is amazing. You feel so accomplished by the end. Some schools have been working in trailers for over 8 years. Making an impact on someones life is an amazing thing.

How can this program be improved?
nothing, the program was great!
Yes, I recommend

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