Street Scholar
Previously Elderhostel
Kind Company
Trade Academic journey
Based 1975
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts,

United States

Variety of staff

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Street Scholar is an American not-for-profit group that gives academic journey packages primarily geared to older adults. The group is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. From its founding in 1975 till 2010, Street Scholar was generally known as Elderhostel. Street Scholar gives research excursions all through america and Canada and in roughly 150 different international locations.[1]

Historical past[edit]

Elderhostel was based in 1975 by buddies Marty Knowlton, social activist and self-described hippie, and David Bianco, director of residential life on the College of New Hampshire. Knowlton rejected as ageism the idea that one’s thoughts should fail as one ages. After 4 years of backpacking by means of Europe and staying in hostels, Knowlton, then in his 50s, returned to america to direct the youth hostel program on the College of New Hampshire. There, he and Bianco, the college administrator, determined that society wanted “elderhostels” along with youth hostels.[2]

This system began in the summertime of 1975, providing older adults noncredit courses and dormitory housing on campuses in New England[3] — a form of “summer season faculty for retired folks.”[4] Elderhostel was formally established as a not-for-profit group in 1977. Its program choices expanded by means of america and Canada, and finally internationally. By the 1990s, greater than 200,000 folks have been studying with Elderhostel annually.[3]

In 2010, Elderhostel modified its title to Street Scholar with a view to attraction to the subsequent wave of older vacationers: Child Boomers. CEO James Moses defined the title change to the San Francisco Chronicle: “Hostel” not precisely described the lodging supplied on the packages and “Child Boomers, even after they’re of their 60s, do not like to consider themselves as ‘elders,'” he mentioned.[4] For a couple of months throughout 2010, the corporate was known as Exploritas earlier than altering its title to Street Scholar as a result of they have been sued for infringing on the title.

Academic packages[edit]

Street Scholar now contains 5,500 packages, dividing them into the classes of theme-based, inter-generational, out of doors adventures, service studying, adventures afloat, and impartial metropolis discoveries.


Elderhostel extends roughly $300,000 yearly in scholarships to North American members who may in any other case be unable to attend a Street Scholar program. Nonetheless, they’re selective.[5]

Analysis and grants[edit]

Elderhostel conducts analysis on growing old and lifelong studying.[5] Analysis articles embody:“What Will Child Boomers Need from Academic Journey,” and “Psychological Stimulation and Lifelong Studying Actions within the 55+ Inhabitants.”

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