Health and Safety

Our comprehensive training programs, year-round presence in countries, rigorous safety standards, and continued commitment to evaluating our programs and vendors ensure your students’ health and safety during transformative travel experiences.

Active Safety Alerts

Rustic Pathways continually monitors a number of trusted international and local safety resources to stay informed of what is happening in the areas we operate. Should we have any alerts, safety concerns, or travel advisories specific for our travelers, we will post them here.


Rustic's Health and Safety Philosophy

Ensuring the safety of your student as they travel with Rustic Pathways is the most important thing we do. For 35 years, we’ve refined our safety and security protocols to become a leader among providers of teen travel programs.

We take students to remote destinations, expose them to unfamiliar surroundings, and encourage personal growth through exploration. When conducted responsibly, these experiences transform students in ways that are impossible to replicate inside the classroom, and for this reason, the health and safety measures we take are a fundamental part of our travel programs.


Health and Safety Measures

Food and Water

Rustic chefs and cooks prepare meals and can make necessary adjustments for specific dietary needs and allergies. Some meals will take place at trusted local restaurants. All water is bottled or purified.

Accommodation and Transportation

All participants stay at Rustic-owned base houses or carefully vetted hotels, guesthouses, camps, or with trusted homestay families. In-country vehicle transportation is provided by Rustic drivers or local vendors. Rustic performs annual safety checks on all company-owned vehicles and vendor transport companies.

Vendors and Partners

Rustic reviews all external service providers, including transportation, accommodation, and activity vendors, annually. Vendor business infrastructure, hiring and training processes, and emergency management systems are assessed to make sure they are reputable and safe.


Preparing for Your Trip

  1. Complete Rustic’s Medical and Emergency form, which includes relevant medical histories, medications, food allergies, and dietary restrictions and our Participant Screening Team relays that information to Country Teams.
  2. Ask your Program Coordinator any additional questions about your upcoming trip. They can also provide pre-trip support before you leave, including instructions for obtaining vaccinations and visas, and offering packing tips.
  3. Attend a pre-trip information session either in person or online to ask any last-minute questions about your trip.

During Your Trip

  1. Fly with your teacher or group leader to your destination country.
  2. Meet your expert Program Leaders, who will be with you around the clock to deliver your program experience, answer any questions, or provide any medical assistance.
  3. Students and their parents have 24 / 7 emergency support and access to services from International SOS.

Meet Rustc's Health and Safety Team

Additional Safety Information