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Road Scholar

Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization that provides national and international educational travel tours geared towards older adults. UL Lafayette has been a Road Scholar service provider since 1988. At that time, the organization was called Elderhostel. While Elderhostel is still a part of the corporate name, Road Scholar is the name used for the programs. There is no longer a minimum age requirement, but most participants are over 50.

Our most frequently run program is called, “The Cajun Experience in Music, Food & Dance.” Other current programs include, "Celebrating Mardi Gras in Cajun Country," and "The Best of Louisiana." The Best of Louisiana is run in partnership with the Center for New Orleans Studies Road Scholar program. The group starts in New Orleans and travels to Baton Rouge and Lafayette on a 9 night, 10 day program. Our other programs are five night stays.

Our UL Lafayette Road Scholar program has about 250 participants per year. Most of our participants come from all over the United States, but we also get international visitors. Participants are housed in a local hotel and are transported on field trips in University of Louisiana at Lafayette buses. Program days are filled with classes, field trips and excursions. Breakfast is at the hotel, while other meals are at restaurants, almost always independent, locally owned places that feature the cuisine of the area.

The cultural tourism aspect of Road Scholar matches up with the core values of the university, acknowledging the contributions of the Acadian and Creole cultures to this region.

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