Travel While You Learn: Elderhostel
If you once thought school days were a drag, why not try them now? You’re not only older, but also wiser, and you may discover that now, school is a completely different and more fulfilling experience.
There are several option for an education experience. Check out courses at your local college—try credit, if you want to work toward a degree, or non-credit, for a less formal academic experience. Or do what an increasing number of seniors are doing: discover Elderhostel.
Elderhostel believes that learning is a lifelong process that is rewarding at any age. It is inspired by the youth hostels and folk schools of Europe, but guided by the needs of older citizens. The programs are varied in location and content, addressing a diversity of subject matters ranging from archeology to filmmaking to bread baking.
With Elderhostel programs you have access to universities, national parks, museums, conference centers, and other learning venues in more than 90 countries. Each program consists of one to four weeks of engaging learning adventures—lectures, discussions, field trips, and a variety of other activities–in your own hometown, aboard a ship, or in the mountains. Elderhostel calls it “learning for the sheer joy of it.” There are no tests or assignments! Just bring your inquisitive mind and adventurous spirit. Many participants are repeat students for these special experiences.
Programs in the U.S. and Canada run for five to six days all year. Programs typically accommodate 10 – 50 hostelers, with an average size of about 30. To learn more about Elderhostel, visit their web site.
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