Our Group Journeys support schools in the development of their students' global awareness and cross-cultural understanding. These one- to six-week Journeys focus on community service, cross-cultural immersion, life-skill development and adventure travel. With staff and operations in over 18 countries, Rustic Pathways offers exceptional programs that offer an incredibly rich experience for students and their teachers.
Rustic Pathways will assign a leadership team to your school, including a full-time program manager in Australia and our international staff. Our program manager works closely with you to design the curriculum and itinerary for your students and prepares your group for departure. Teachers chaperone their students the destination, and our program leaders meet them at the destination airport. By combining teachers with our professional guides, we create a powerful fusion of leadership and an incredible experience for your students.
We understand that every school operates differently. Your Journey with us will be carefully tailored to meet the specific requirements for your group. Pre-trip preparation typically includes parent information evenings, school meetings with participants and video conference calls with our international staff. Our program managers handle all the administration and logistics to make it a smooth process for you as a teacher.
The leadership during the Journey will depend on the desired learning outcomes for your students. For shorter Journeys, we offer fully guided experiences where students take on some leadership but the learning focus is on service learning and cross-cultural immersion. For longer Journeys, students can take an active role in the leadership of the Journey and our guides facilitate the experience. Our team will work with your school to determine the leadership that is most appropriate for your group.
Most of our Group Journeys are available year-round and departure dates are coordinated between our program manager and your school. The lead-in time to our programs can vary from three to eighteen months. We generally suggest 12 months as a lead-in period for your Journey, however, because of our year-round operations in our destination countries, we can arrange your program at very short notice if required.
We offer one adult teacher, or group coordinator, to travel free of charge with every seven students. Most of our programs operate with a maximum of fifteen students, so generally two staff members from a school will travel with their group.
Rustic Pathways Travel is a licensed travel agency in Victoria, Australia, and can take care of all your flight arrangements. We also manage all the administration for your program so schools and teachers don't have to chase paperwork or payments.
Give us a call or send us an email! We'd love to meet with you and discuss how we could create a life-changing program for the students of your school.