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Road Scholar's Experience Living Abroad On Cultural Immersion Programs

Road Scholar, the world’s leading educational travel organization for adults, has designed a new type of learning adventure that gives adults the opportunity to give people a taste of living abroad in world-class cities in Europe and South America. This year, they have introduced two new locations for participants interested in a full-scale cultural and language immersion experience in Southern Italy and Ecuador.

To date, hundreds of baby boomers and beyond have attended a growing number of the not-for-profit organization’s "Living and Learning" programs. These six-week experiences include independent apartment living, daily optional language instruction, educational, expert-led excursions and a dedicated resource to assist with the unique challenges of living in a foreign country.

Living and Learning in Provence: Independent Stay and Study was the destination of choice for Road Scholar participant Cheri Filion. Ms. Filion, 63, is relatively new to Road Scholar and has recently retired from her career as a federal administrative law judge in Seattle. She had always wanted to learn French and felt the six-week program was a great way to immerse herself in the language, culture and lifestyle of Southern France.

"I’ve wanted to learn to speak French my entire life," Cheri said. "I discovered the Road Scholar Living and Learning program last year and thought, ‘Why not?’ The program gave me an insider’s view into the famous French joie de vivre that I’ve always heard so much about— insights that simply cannot be gleaned from a book or a television show. I shopped in local markets, passed the time learning French, sipping coffee at my neighborhood café, and enjoyed the incredible French cuisine. I think it’s an excellent program for anyone who really wants to dig below the surface and really understand a culture and its people."

Road Scholar Expands Living and Learning Programs in Italy and South America

In addition to Living and Learning adventures in Paris, Provence, Florence, Verona, London, Berlin, and Sevilla, Road Scholar has launched two new programs in Sicily and Ecuador. To learn more about Living and Learning in Sicily: Independent Stay and Language Study, please visit To learn more about Living and Learning in Cuenca: Independent Stay and Language Study, please visit

Click here to see a video of Road Scholar participants Living and Learning in Florence, Italy:


About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the nation’s largest educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. This not-for-profit educational organization offers 5,500 extraordinary learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholars are immersed in a variety of educational activities, enlisting renowned faculty and experts who offer insider access not available to most individuals. Dedicated to making educational travel available to everyone, Road Scholar offers financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel for adults since 1975. To learn more, please visit or check our blog at