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Road Scholar Introduces New 2015 Learning Adventures That Feature Small Towns, Cultural Immersion and Summer Camps

BOSTON, Jan. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In 2015, as Road Scholar kicks off its 40th Anniversary, it also kicks off a year of innovative new learning adventures for Baby Boomers and beyond. The not-for-profit leader in educational travel celebrates 40 years of learning and friendship on its programs and continues its tradition of creating high-quality learning experiences for adults. This year, Road Scholar introduces new program series My Hometown, Living and Learning and Summer Sessions, as well as new programs in Detroit, Ethiopia and more.

"Learning and community are at the heart of Road Scholar experiences. For 2015, we've developed new and truly unique educational journeys to towns and cities in the U.S. and in other countries, developed to provide an authentic understanding of local life," says James Moses, president and CEO of Road Scholar.

My Hometown

Road Scholar's My Hometown series focuses on hometown America, an extraordinary week of learning and discovery of the people and charms in each of eight welcoming towns across the U.S. From Macon, Ga. to Carmel Valley, Calif., participants will explore each community's history and culture, meeting local leaders, musicians, teachers or artists, and learning what makes the town tick. My Hometown programs take the notion of experiencing a place through the eyes of the locals to a whole new level. To find out more, visit: www.roadscholar.org/myhometown.

Living and Learning

Living and Learning programs present opportunities to live like a local in multi-week language immersion experiences. With initial programs in Paris and Florence taking place this spring, Road Scholar has expanded its offerings to Buenos Aires, Montreal, Seville and Havana – a unique opportunity to discover present-day Cuba. Programs range from three to six weeks and offer a rich, in-depth cultural exchange and an opportunity for participants to live abroad for an extended period of time in a supported yet highly flexible and independent way. Program details are available at www.roadscholar.org/livingandlearning.

Summer Sessions

Many Road Scholar grandparents began a tradition of sharing a lifelong learning experience with their young grandchildren. Road Scholar's new Summer Sessions — learning adventures for college-age grandchildren — offer the opportunity to share those same special experiences between grandchildren and grandparents. Programs combine the adventure of an Intergenerational experience and tailor it for grandparents and their adult grandchildren. For program details, visit www.roadscholar.org, keywords: Summer Session.

Camp Road Scholar

For anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to rediscover days as a summer camper, there is Camp Road Scholar at Lake George. Artisans, nature lovers, adrenaline junkies and history buffs alike will have the opportunity to tailor a weeklong schedule to their interests. Hike, kayak, volley on red clay courts, quilt and more at Lake George with options for enrichment and exploration. Experience this gem in the Adirondacks with local instructors, naturalists and leading scholars who will share their love of the land and its history. For program details, visit www.roadscholar.org/22067.

Additional New Programs

Signature City Detroit: Motors, Motown and Moving Forward explores Detroit's role in American history and special highlights include visiting the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, for a look at Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle. For complete details, visit www.roadscholar.org/21851.

Many adventurous, avid lifelong learners have already seen much of the world – but there are exciting new off-the-beaten-path destinations to explore. Just a sampling of Road Scholar's new international programs includes:

Exotic Ethiopia: Spectacular Wildlife and Ancient Kingdoms
www.roadscholar.org/21983

Around Lake Victoria — Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania
www.roadscholar.org/21988

All Aboard the Persia Express: Discovering Iran and Turkey by Train
www.roadscholar.org/21874

About Road Scholar

Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in our 5,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. To learn more, please visit our website at www.roadscholar.org/press.

CONTACT: Stacie Fasola (617) 457-5418 Despina Gakopoulos (617) 457-5502 newsmedia@roadscholar.orgSource: Road Scholar