Rustic Pathways is dedicated to service in the United States through education, rebuilding and environmental conservation. For the last five years, we have supported the rebuilding of New Orleans, one of America's greatest cities and we are proud to expand our programs in the United States with new service trips in Arizona and Northern California in 2011. We have well-travelled full-time and part-time staff in the United States and a deep commitment to excellence and service. All of the programs offered on the following page can be combined with some of the more traditional highlights of the USA, such as Las Vegas, New York City and Hollywood.
All USA programs start and finish in the USA. Start and finish locations vary by program; please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. Rustic Pathways leaders will meet students when they arrive at the airport in the starting location. All USA programs connect together seamlessly and can also be connected with our programs in Costa Rica, Panama and Peru.
Population: 307 million
Capital City: Washington, D.C.
Currency: 1 Aussie dollar buys about 0.98 American dollars (as of November 2010)
Languages: English (11 percent are Spanish speaking)
The Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park: two of the country's most incredible natural wonders
The French Quarter: home to historic Jackson Square!
New York City: one of the most well-known cities in the world
Cajuns: An ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana
Fais do-do: A traditional Cajun dance party
Zydeco: A form of American folk music
A melting pot of races, nationalities and ethnicities, the United States is rich in culture and tradition. Nowhere is this more evident than in New Orleans, a city coloured by French, Spanish, African and Cajun influences. New Orleans is known as the Birthplace of Jazz and harbours the Tremé, the oldest African-American neighbourhood in the USA. Arizona is home to over 250,000 Native Americans from 21 different tribes. Over a quarter of the state is comprised of reservations and tribal communities. The USA has 392 national parks that see nearly 286 million visitors a year and protect some of the country's most incredible natural sights, including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite Falls.