Elderhostel offers unique travel opportunities
Elderhostel is a non-profit educational organization that offers students 55 years and older a unique and interesting way to see the world. The organization runs inexpensive, short term academic programs, hosted by educational institutions around the globe. While taking a course in a wide range of subjects, participants live on college and university campuses and exotic locales like marine biology field stations and environmental study centres. They also get to enjoy all the cultural and recreational resources that go with them.
Elderhostel was started in 1975 by Marty Knowlton, a social activist and educator, who linked the European hosteling concept with the residential emphasis of Scandinavian Folk Schools. The result was a new kind of learning program for older adults. Only individuals 55 years of age and older are eligible, but a spouse or adult companion may attend with an age eligible participant. Elderhostel encourages diversity and welcomes people of all races, colors and religions.