Rustic Pathways offers four types of programs to students in the Asia-Pacific region. For school groups, we have one to four week journeys across eighteen countries. Teachers can travel with their students and our experienced guides to expand their curriculum into an international forum. During the school holidays, we offer individual students the opportunity to connect with students from around the world to share exciting travel experiences. We offer Gap Year students numerous month-long adventures along with long-term service placements through our Gap for Good initiative. For School Leavers, we are proud to commence offering meaningful and rewarding travel experiences in the weeks following graduation. We invite students to experience one of our many wonderful, life-changing opportunities.
Our Rustic journeys reflect the depth and diversity of Rustic Pathways. We offer programs across eighteen countries and can customise these to suit individual groups. Group Journeys are led by one of our experienced leadership teams, together with the group's teachers or coordinators. Rustic Pathways works closely with schools to determine the curriculum of their program. The following pages showcase some of our programs.
During the school holidays, we offer over 80 travel programs for high school students aged fourteen to eighteen. Connecting with like-minded peers from around the world, students share exciting, enriching travel experiences across twenty-one countries. Our one and two-week itineraries are designed to connect within the same country or across a region.
Our Gap Programs include scheduled month-long departures, open enrolment service programs and customised travel options. We focus on building students' skills, opening their hearts, discovering the world and sharing adventures. Students can come for a month or travel with us for a semester.
Finishing high school is one of life's great milestones. The celebratory experience following this achievement should be significant and memorable for the right reasons. Our School Leavers trips in Fiji, New Zealand and SE Asia offer meaningful, exciting alternatives to the stereotypical schoolies week.
Rustic Pathways is a family of exceptional individuals from diverse backgrounds. We employ graduates of some of the world's greatest universities; we also employ wonderful men and women who hail from some of the least-visited corners of the world. University graduates team with former Burmese refugees and staff members with advanced degrees proudly work alongside their peers who only recently came out of jungle villages. By pairing Western leaders with overseas staff, we create a powerful explosion of energy that can change students' lives. We value kindness, integrity, honesty, a caring nature, respect, enthusiasm and deep local knowledge as much as we cherish the values of formal education. The correct blending of these qualities is incredibly powerful.
Safety is the first priority across all our operations. Rustic Pathways is fierce about safety issues and works diligently to maintain our excellent safety record. Our extensive global network provides groups with an exceptional support base within the countries we travel. Rustic Pathways completes comprehensive risk assessments on all programs, we strive to exceed industry standards and we provide 24-hour support from our Australian office while groups are travelling. Rustic Pathways receives the most current travel advice from government agencies and local contacts and we adjust itineraries where appropriate to maintain the highest standards of safety. We employ caring leaders and consistently reinforce the importance of genuine care as one of the core values of our company. The fact that so many of our leaders around the world are full-time employees makes it easier to ensure that care and safety are deeply etched into the character of our whole organisation.