Magazine article Sunset

Elderhostel: Travel-Study Programs for Seniors

Magazine article Sunset

Elderhostel: Travel-Study Programs for Seniors

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The people in our photographs are spending a week in Washington state, studying and enjoying Olympic National Park. Their project is one of many travel-study programs offered to seniors year-round in every state and in many foreign countries.

Such groups have made the programs' nonprofit sponsor, Elderhostel, a buzz word for reasonably priced, rewarding travel. To quote a veteran of half a dozen sessions, "Where else can you get five or six days of holiday and adventure, everything included, for $235?"

Elderhostel uses college classrooms and dormitories, conference centers, and even resorts as gathering places for lively minded seniors to pursue studies that earlier careers may have deferred. Stimulating instructors in about 1,500 institutions lead courses, with daily field trips, on a variety of subjects-from Shakespeare to genetic engineering.

Each session begins on a Sunday and runs through the following Friday. The cost for domestic programs ranges from $220 to $270. Besides tuition, this includes meals (adequate, though nongourmet) and sleeping accommodations (often in very

simply furnished dormitories, with shared baths), as well as field trips. …

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