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Rustic Pathways

March 07, 2016 08:00 ET

Rustic Pathways Partners With Roadtrip Nation to Offer Gap Year Students a Rustic Roadtrip

New Partnership Provides Gap Year Students an Opportunity to Explore Career Interests While Traveling the World

HUNTSBURG, OH--(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) - Rustic Pathways, a leader in providing international community service, education, and adventure programs for students around the world, today announced a partnership with Roadtrip Nation, an acclaimed career exploration organization, to create Rustic Roadtrips. The new offering provides students with structured Gap year experiences focused on exploring careers and the world.

"Most of today's students enter college or university unsure of a career path and this in part explains why 68 percent of students do not graduate in four years, and 44 percent fail to graduate in six years*," said Chris Stakich, CEOof Rustic Pathways. "The cultural immersion, travel and adventure programming offered by Rustic Pathways, combined with Roadtrip Nation's strong career exploration component will create a powerful and unique gap semester for students allowing them to return to school more focused on life goals."

Rustic Roadtrips will be epic three-month journeys that allow students to explore a region of the world and career options at the same time. In the first phase of the Rustic Roadtrip students will follow the Roadtrip Nation model scheduling interviews with leaders and innovators of interest in fields such as:

  • Business
  • Politics
  • Education
  • Science
  • Arts

Students will then travel in small groups with Rustic Pathways' highly trained program leaders to meet with these people and learn how they became successful. The travel portion of the program will take place in:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • India
  • Southeast Asia

The firsthand stories and wisdom shared with students by the inspiring people they meet and interview will help bridge the gaps faced by students as they transition from academic study into career paths.

"Roadtrip Nation has offered tools and programs to help individuals find a satisfying career path since our first road trip in 2001," said Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. "In today's connected world partnering with Rustic Pathways will give greater insights from international leaders to help students on their future paths."

For more information about Rustic Pathways' Rustic Roadtrip or Gap Year programs or to book a 2016 program call 800.321.4353 or visit

About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation, renowned for its New York Times best-selling career guide, award-winning documentary television series, and acclaimed classroom curriculum, is a career exploration organization that creates resources to help individuals pursue fulfilling careers. Combining self-reflection with real-world exposure, Roadtrip Nation's tools enable individuals to connect their interests to compatible life pathways and find meaningful work. For more information, visit and

About Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways is a leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students around the world. Founded in 1983, Rustic Pathways offers spring and summer break experiences as well as Gap Year programs and custom experiences for educators and small groups. Operating in more than 20 different countries, Rustic Pathways focuses on areas of interest from public health, medicine, and education to the environment and community service. Eighty percent of programs involve a service element where students give back to the communities they are visiting. Each program is designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals. Across the globe, Rustic Pathways employs local staff and fosters lasting relationships with the communities in which it operates, enabling students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences. Rustic Pathways was recently voted the Best Youth Tour Operator at the 2015 World Youth Student and Travel Conference (WYSTC) by 7,500 young travelers. For more information call 800.321.4353 or visit You can also visit the Rustic Pathways Blog, or follow the company on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

* Brookings Institute

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