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Over the past fifty years, Semester at Sea has been changing the face of global university-level education, cruising to more than 60 countries while touching the lives of 60,000 alumni from 1,700 colleges and universities worldwide. You might think that this unique educational travel opportunity is only for young people who are studying for university credit and enriched career prospects beyond graduation. You would be wrong! Check out our exciting Lifelong Learning programs aboard the world’s only floating university.
Traditions Mexico offers Cultural Tours in an Undiscovered Mexico. Since 1996 pioneering small group tours into the world of indigenous traditions, textiles, folk art and festivals. Expertly guided, off-the-beaten track Southern Mexico. 80% of our clients are 50+. www.traditionsmexico.com.
Photo Quest Adventures offers deluxe global photography workshops to the world’s most photogenic corners taught by the best photographers. We distinguish ourselves by offering innovative and intimate workshops geared for small groups over 50 years old, all skill levels to ensure individual attention. www.photoquestadventures.com.
Art & Cooking Vacations in Southern Spain. Ignite your artistic passions and immerse in this fascinating region. Your Canadian hosts share their enthusiasm for Spain’s rich culture and history. A stunning country location, talented art teachers, excursions, and magnificent Mediterranean cuisine. www.flavourofspain.net.
Since 1993 Creativity Workshop has been opening doors to imaginative, curious, creative thinking through writing, storytelling, drawing, and personal memoir. These acclaimed vacation-length programs offered in New York City and many of Europe’s most desirable destinations guarantee the most energizing holiday of your life. www.creativityworkshop.com.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center: All-inclusive educational, cultural and volunteer dig vacations on its inspiring campus in southern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region. Crow Canyon also offers unforgettable domestic and international travel adventures for people who love to explore other cultures and delve into the mysteries of the human past. With over 25 years’ experience in conducting archaeological and cultural tours in the American Southwest and beyond, Crow Canyon delivers a premier educational travel experience. www.crowcanyon.org.
Now 30 years young, Elderhostel, www.elderhostel.org, is the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over, providing exceptional learning adventures with over 8,000 programs a year in all 50 states and more than 90 countries. As a more recent offshoot of Elderhostel catering to a slightly younger, more active, independent-minded educational vacationer, Road Scholar is developing its own following with 29 programs. With a common age of 50 to 60, these are more up-scale and less structured than Elderhostel programs which generally attract the 65 to 75 age bracket. www.roadscholar.org.
Learn Spanish at our respected Institute in Bilbao while experiencing the rich culture, cuisine, music and dance of northern Spain. Volunteer opportunities to enrich connections and practice the language are also available in social work, tourism, cultural programs or monument restoration. www.institutohemingway.com.
With 20 years of experience, Routes to Learning Canada (formerly Elderhostel Canada) is Canada’s first and largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over with a priority on high-quality, best-value learning travel experiences. Participants have direct access to leading scholars and experienced field staff that provide expert knowledge and thought-provoking activities. Explores every part of Canada as well as such destinations as China, France, the US, New Zealand and Ecuador. www.routestolearning.ca.
African Conservation Experience organises volunteer placements at wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa. The projects range from wildlife research and monitoring projects, like the Tuli Conservation Project, to animal care at wildlife rehabilitation centers, marine conservation, wildlife veterinary work or conservation education. Volunteers can join the projects for 2-12 weeks and 50+ volunteers are encouraged. See www.conservationafrica.net for details.
Globe Aware: Volunteer vacations in Peru, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Nepal and Brazil. One week adventures in service focus on cultural awareness and sustainability. About 25% of volunteers are 50 to 80 years old, with an exciting emphasis on multi-generational family groups. All tours are www.globeaware.org.
Global Volunteer Network: Flexible and affordable volunteer vacations in community projects around the world. Opportunities include assisting in a Romanian orphanage, raising awareness about AIDS in Uganda, teaching English in China, and helping with school and community maintenance in Nepal. Sign up for free monthly newsletter by email. www.volunteer.org.nz.
Habitat for Humanity (U.S. and International Programs): Volunteer vacations in over 100 countries, building homes for low income families around the world. www.habitat.org.
Oceanic Society Expeditions Enjoy and explore the natural world while contributing to its preservation! OSE serves over 5,000 individuals annually through international natural history journeys, volunteer research expeditions and California whale watching trips. www.Oceanic-Society.org.
Global Medic Force is an international not-for-profit organization that engages healthcare professionals to rapidly transfer their medical expertise to colleagues in developing countries, using an innovative method of clinical mentoring. Global Medic Force does not exist as a self-perpetuating charity, only to put itself out of business. www.globalmedicforce.org.
LEAD Adventures’ local specialists offer over 30 different volunteer and adventure travel programs in Ecuador for individuals or groups. Volunteer with us and experience Ecuador’s four worlds: Andes, Amazon, Coast, and Galapagos Islands! Consider our Grown Ups programs or Multigenerational Family programs with added attention to luxuries and privacy that older adults seek. www.lead-adventures.com.
MICATZ, a nonprofit based in Tanzania, places volunteers in schools, hospitals and orphanages in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Flexible dates from four weeks or more with all-inclusive cost starting at USD$500. About 40% of volunteers are older clients. www.micatz.org.
Nonprofit organization Pandas International, www.pandasinternational.org, tries to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda by providing public awareness and education, research funding, habitat preservation and enhancement, and assistance to the China Conservation & Research Centers for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). Rewarding volunteer placements in China can be arranged.
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