= Programs reviewed by Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner
| Live With and Teach English to a Family in France
This volunteer programme is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low cost.
You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you share your English language skills for around 15 hours a week. This programme has a focus on cultural exchange, it is designed for those of you wishing to experience the French culture in depth.
Placements are usually in Southern France, however, positions are available in Paris, and other areas in France.
|| Dates: 1 to 3 months placements, available all year round. Only 1 month placement in July and August.
Cost: From 390 Euros.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
Tel.: 00 33 951 79 79 72.
Website: www.aliore.org (Language & Lifestyle programme)
AmeriSpan offers immersion programs worldwide to learn 20 different languages including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. Specialized programs combine activities including cooking, wine-tasting, sailing, golf and dance with language classes. With over 28,000 clients to date, the company offers instruction from beginner to advanced together with memorable cultural experiences. Some seniors prefer to avoid June, July, and August, which attract droves of college-age students; excellent months, particularly in Latin America, are February to April and September to December when older participants receive more personalized service. Visit AmeriSpan’s best programs for seniors at: www.amerispan.com/language_schools/seniors.asp.
Multisport Adventures for the 50+ Traveller
Elder Expeditions offers all inclusive multisport vacation packages to an ever increasing list of destinations worldwide. Examples of the sports which Elder Expeditions’ trips include are biking, hiking, horseback riding, dog sledding, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, cave exploration, Nordic and Alpine skiing, zip wiring, high rope walking and snow showing. Elder Expeditions’ trips do not include extreme sports. Most Elder Expeditions’ trips include some cultural activities such as horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot air ballooning, concerts, local story telling, learning to play an Irish drum, and visits to historical points of interest.
ElderTreks: Small Group Adventure Travel Tours for Travelers 50 and Over
The world's first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over. Established in 1987, ElderTreks offers active, off-the-beaten-path small-group adventures in over 80 countries around the globe. Our journeys focus on adventure, culture and nature. Choose a wildlife safari in Tanzania, explore Mongolia by camel, hike to Patagonia's Torres del Paine, navigate the awesome ruins of Angkor Wat or step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula. Naturally, you’re invited.
Has been a not-for-profit educational travel provider since 1975, offers 7,000 educational programs in 150 countries and in the U.S.: 1-800-454-5768; www.roadscholar.org.
Routes to Learning Canada
With 20 years of experience, Routes to Learning Canada (formerly roadscholar 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. Participants come from every walk of life to learn together, exchange ideas, and explore every part of Canada as well as such destinations as China, France, the U.S., New Zealand and Ecuador. Website: www.routestolearning.ca.