BOSTON, MASS., June 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Road Scholar, the not-for-profit world leader in adult educational travel, introduces two new locations to its six-week cultural and language immersion programs currently offered in Italy, France, Argentina, Montreal and Spain. Called Living and Learning, these learning adventures offer apartment-style living, daily language classes, local hosts and expert-led field trips to iconic sites. Beginning this summer, Road Scholar will offer new adventures for these popular programs in Berlin, Germany and Aix-en-Provence, France.

Inspired by grand monuments and a vital arts scene, participants who attend Living and Learning in Berlin: Independent Stay and Language Study will learn to speak German like a true Berliner on this immersive adventure in one of Europe's most vibrant cities. And adding to the popular cultural language immersion program in Paris, participants who attend Living and Learning in Provence: Independent Stay and Language Study learn to speak French like a true Provencal in Aix-en-Provence, a city in Southern France as renowned for its culinary traditions as it is for its artistic heritage.

Road Scholar participant and recently retired middle school teacher Martina Lawlor, 68, just returned from the inaugural Living and Learning program in Paris, France. Like the other 21 participants in her class, Martina has an adventurous spirit and was excited to find a program that would allow her to experience Paris as a resident instead of a tourist.

"I retired this year and decided that 2015 was the year for me to do something truly transformative," said Martina. "I was confident that this program would attract independent, courageous people who wanted to experience the world as global citizens, not visitors. I was right. This was my first time in Paris, and after the first three weeks, I felt like I lived there. The Road Scholar program attracts people, solo or not, who want to explore the world deeply in a unique, educated way."

Upon arrival, all Living and Learning participants are welcomed with a thorough orientation to the city and a review of local customs, are acclimated to their furnished apartment and neighborhood, and then pursue their language study in language classes at a level best-suited to their skills and proficiency. They attend weekly educational events with local experts and fellow participants, and enjoy ample free time to explore local cuisine, visit museums and other cultural sites to become fully immersed in the local lifestyle. Throughout the program, a local Road Scholar host supports and assists each participant in pursuing specific interests.

"The first cultural and language immersion adventures we launched in Paris and Florence ended this month and the initial feedback from our participants has been incredibly positive," said Road Scholar President and CEO James Moses. "Similar to the feelings expressed by Ms. Lawlor, many of our participants have shared with us how these programs made a transformational impact on their lives. Because of the popularity of this series, we've added two new cities, including Berlin and Provence. Each destination will give adults the opportunity to study abroad and experience a country in a unique way."

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