rusticpathways While we were in Fiji, we headed up to the highlands to stay with Fijian families in a village called Nasivikoso. Our week in Nasivikoso turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences on the trip for me personally because it was a challenging week. Many of us got sick and struggled with the heat and the absence of running water and electricity in the village. But it was a bonding experience too. The people in the village were so resilient and full of joy. Our hosts warmly invited us into their homes and treated us like part of their family. My ‘nene’ encouraged me to return to Nasivikoso with my own family one day. I'll never forget that week or those people.
In this photo we’re getting ready to go to a traditional church service in our Fijian clothes given to us by our ‘Nene’- Fijian for mom. My friend Angelie and I took this photo with our Nene and sister before the service.
#rpgapyear #homestay #takeover #gapyear #fiji #reflections
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rusticpathways Our three month adventure began in the Fiji Islands, a country known for its beaches, hospitality and welcoming people. Our group bonded quickly, staying up late talking and playing games. But a few weeks after we arrived, a class 5 hurricane hit the islands, causing mass destruction and devastation. We were on lockdown at the Rustic base house without power and running water for about a week. After the lockdown we went to one of the only places up and running after the hurricane, Robinson Crusoe Island, where this photo was taken. We all realized pretty quickly that we were in a place to help the people who had been affected by the hurricane, and we should be doing everything we could to rebuild the community that had welcomed us so openly. Our leaders set up various projects to deliver food and supplies to communities most harshly impacted by the hurricane and we all set to work. We were all thankful to have been there in a time when we could really help the Fijian people.
#rpgapyear #cyclinewinston #sunset #takeover @jen_hard
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rusticpathways Hey world, I'm Jenny and I’m taking over the RP Instagram! I recently returned from a gap semester in the South Pacific with Rustic, and am so excited to show you all some of the things we did and share my reflections from the experience. I decided to travel after high school because, to me, college seemed intimidating and irrelevant compared to my dreams to explore new places. Taking a gap year was the best decision I've ever made, and I hope you enjoy a look into the experience!

#rpgapyear #gapyear #travel #reflect #explore #instatakeover @jen_hard
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rusticpathways Taking in the views of the Mae Sariang countryside at the Rustic Pathways Children's Home.⠀

#rpthailand #views #beauty #sorustic
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rusticpathways Wonder what it's going to be like traveling with us this summer? Check out the full Rustic experience by clicking the <<link in bio>>. #rusticpathways #travel #education #philanthropy #realtravel 5d

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rusticpathways With summer right around the corner check out our blog post << link in bio>> on the “10 Things You’re Probably Worried About (and everyone else on your Rustic trip is too).” 6d

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rusticpathways A member of the Taquile Artisan's Association performs a traditional dance at the Taquile Textile Art festival. All of the 2,000 residents of this tiny island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca make their living weaving beautifully patterned textiles and clothing.
We're lucky enough to do a homestay with one of the best weavers on the island (alejandro!) on the Lake Titicaca Program.
#rpPeru #art #culture #traditions
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rusticpathways Exploring the Great Barrier Reef. // Photo Credit: @jen_hard

Gap travelers: There's only 1 week left to enter the #rpgapyear photo contest. Tag your best pics using #rpgapyear and you'll be entered to win $500 in airfare to fly anywhere in the world! ⠀

#contest #gapyear #photography
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rusticpathways Travel is all about making friends, tag your rustic BFF.

#rusticpathways #sorustic #friendship #bestgroup #morocco
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rusticpathways That feeling when you finally make it to the weekend.

#India #friyay #travel #weekendwarrior
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rusticpathways The sun sets beyond the great limestones of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
Photo Credit: International Photography Manager, @justinkaseconder
#sunset #capture #junkboat #travel #photography
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rusticpathways When the #unconventionaloffice meets #nature in the most perfect way possible.⠀

Photo Credit: RP Thailand Program Manager, @dustinrhuffman //#yosemite #travel #explore #rpstafftravels #californiadreaming
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rusticpathways The first ever Rustic Pathways Summit is officially in the record books! Check out the << link in bio >> to see a behind the scenes into an EPIC week. ⠀

Spoiler Alert! Yes, that is our CEO and V.P of HR in costume taking on the Executive #polarplunge to #celebrate our #fundraising goal for the #RPfoundation... ⠀

Photo Credit: @justinkaseconder // #RPsummit #family #hardwork #summerkickoff #dreamjob
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rusticpathways Closing out the day with sunset over the RP Ricefields Base House. Give a shout out if you've been there or are going this Summer!
Photo Credit: @shonalibanerjee #travelgram #sunset #thailand #sorustic #home #friendship
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rusticpathways "Epic day on the Great Ocean road today. We even had to stop at one point because a koala decided to take a break in the middle of the road. The drive is incredible, especially with this view to finish it off." // Photo and Caption Credit: @luarna.g
#rpgapyear #southpacific #australia #12apostles #nature #beauty
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  •   sydney_leiweke How many girls and how many guys are signed up for the summer camp leadership in the DR starting on June 28th? 2w
  •   rusticpathways Hey @sydney_leiweke! Right now there are 4 boys and 13 girls signed up for that session. 2w
  •   trev2398 Hey just wondering how many guys and girls are signed up for the South Pacific skills trip coming up in September 2w
  •   rusticpathways Hey @trev2398, there are 4 boys and 5 girls signed up currently. 6d

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rusticpathways Happy Mother's Day to all the strong women around the world who have supported and loved us unconditionally each and every day. Today, we honor and thank you!

#mothersday #dominicanrepublic #love #support #mom
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rusticpathways Life was made for good friends and great adventures.

Photo credit: @jansen79 // #saturdaygoals #nature #hikes #travel #adventures
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rusticpathways Taking off the map #mongolia to new levels. // Photo Credit: @marcylana
#sorustic #offthebeatenpath #nature #beautysurroundsus
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rusticpathways Dreaming of days with our toes in the sand. Who's excited for the summer to start?!

Photo Credit: @stellahsam #dominicanrepublic #viewoftheday #stafftravels #beaches
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  •   rusticpathways @lauren__heuer there are currently 3 boys and 7 girls signed up for that session. Have a great weekend! 2w
  •   alora.ber Hey I was wondering how many girls/boys are going on the Sun Sand and International service trip in Fiji July 18 - August 3 (: 1w
  •   alora.ber @mollymassey_ hey I'm going on the same Fiji trip as you! 1w
  •   rusticpathways Hey @alora.ber, there are 6 boys and 22 girls on that Fiji trip! 6d

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