PLU Alumni Travel Opportunities
Upcoming travel opportunities
Alumni Travel Seminar to Namibia 2020
Through a collaborative effort of the Office of Alumni & Student Connections and the Wang Center for Global Education, PLU is now offering opportunities for study away like programs to PLU alumni and friends.
The 2020 Alumni Travel Seminar is being offered with Paula Leitz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, and Steve Leitz, retired school principal, to Namibia with an optional excursion to Sossusvlei, Namibia. This opportunity is open to PLU alumni, families and friends.
Location: North and Central Namibia
Travel Dates: April 15 – 26, 2020
optional excursion to Sossusvlei, April 27 – 29
Registration Opens March 1
Space is limited to 15 attendees
Total fee Namibian excursion*: $3,980
(non-refundable deposit $750)
Total fee for Sossusvlei extension*: $4,730
(non-refundable deposit $1,000)
Alumni Tour to Croatia 2020
Join Alumni & Student Connections in 2020 for a companion tour with PLU’s Choral Union to Croatia! Historic cities and gorgeous natural scenery is only the beginning of what makes Croatia such a desirable destination. Dubrovnik, the most glamorous tourist destination, contains fortresses, towers, and cannons along cobblestone walkways with breathtaking views. Indulge in delicious seafood in Hvar located on the blissful Dalmatian islands and explore the pebble beaches of Split.
Travel Dates: June 26 – July 9, 2020
Included in the Tour:
- Accommodations: Thirteen nights’ accommodations in 3* & 4* hotels based on 1⁄2 twin-room share with private WC/shower.
- Staff: A full-time OPUS tour leader and coach driver throughout your tour. Local guides will be provided for city tours.
- Meals: Buffet breakfast daily, three dinners (including a farewell dinner).
- Transportation: Deluxe motor coach for all scheduled activities. Ferry transportation between the mainland and Korcula, Korcula and Hvar, and Hvar and the mainland.
- Entrances and excursions: Guided tours of Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split and the Istrian Peninsula. Entrances to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian’s Palace Basements, Roman Amphitheater in Pula.
- Performances: Attend all the concerts, exchanges and receptions of the PLU Choral Union(5 or 6 concerts).
- Taxes: Included for all hotels and meals.
- Trip Insurance: Basic trip insurance is provided while on the group tour in Croatia.Cancellation insurance is available for a supplemental cost.
- Gratuity: Gratuities for your driver and tour leader and guides.
Not included in the Tour:
- International flights between Seattle and Croatia.
- All meals not listed as included
- Beverages other than coffee and tea at breakfast and tap water at dinner.
- Airport transfers between Croatian hotels and arrival/departure airports.
Total Fees: The per person price for this trip is: $4,490 USD
- Deposit due with registration: $500 USD
- Second Payment due Oct 1.: $1995 USD
- Third Payment due May 1, 2020: $1995 USD
- *Single room supplement: $975 USD
*Only paid if registrant prefers not to share a room.
2019 Diversity Center Alumni Trip: Trinidad & Tobago (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
PLU’s Diversity Center is excited to host the Second Annual Diversity Center Alumni Trip to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Alumni will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Tobago and enjoy the festivities of their Heritage Festival. Visit the dCenter’s website for full details about registration, program fees, event schedules, and travel and lodging options.
Travel dates: July 22 – 29
Registration fees: $400; includes two days of excursions in Trinidad (includes ground transportation, entrance fees and one dinner), a Caribbean Airline flight between Trinidad and Tobago, ground transportation in Tobago, and six meals in Tobago (plus groceries).
Does not include lodging or airfare to and from Trinidad.
Registration is now closed.
Past Travel Seminars
Galápagos and Ecuador
2019 Galápagos and Ecuador Alumni Travel Seminar
The Galápagos Islands are without question one of the great destinations in the world. Join Faculty Tour Leader Dr. Charles Bergman, Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Environmental Studies on a PLU Alumni Travel Seminar designed expressly for alumni and friends. Experience the charm and incredible importance of these islands with other graduates, and do it the PLU way—passionate faculty leaders, authentic experiences, intimate attention to nature and animals and culture, short readings chosen to deepen and enrich our experience. Central themes include evolution, conservation and environmental awareness. This seminar will include an itinerary with suggested readings and discussions.
Location: Quito and Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Travel Dates: June 1 – July 15, 2019
The program included seven nights on a ship in the Galápagos Islands, stays in Quito and visits to the wonderful colonial center of town, and two nights in the nearby forests of the Andes Mountains. For those interested, there were optional excursions to Peru: Cusco, the Inca Trail, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Galápagos Islands—7 nights, Andes mountains—2 nights, Quito—3 nights. Peru and Machu Picchu—7 nights.
2018 Northern Ireland Alumni Travel Seminar
The pilot seminar for PLU Alumni Travel launched in April 2018 to Northern Ireland with Professor Ann Kelleher, alumni and friends.
Location: Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
Travel dates: April 7-14, 2018
The seminar, “Local Peacebuilding in Practice”, enabled its participants to find their own favorite experiences as they discover the wide range of possibilities open to them in a place becoming known as “peace city.” This opportunity was made possible by the partnership between Pacific Lutheran University and local community development/peacebuilding groups that have been engaging in inter-community work for 29 years. Learning about their efforts to build sustainable peace in a deeply divided society can teach a great deal. Healthy societies require creating constant interconnections among people on all sides of communal divides as they diligently work to improve the quality of life for their communities.