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Alumni Travel

Current Alumni Travel Opportunities

Namibia Alumni Travel Seminar

Alumni & Student Connections is offering an exciting travel seminar to Namibia with Dr. Paula Leitz.  PLU alumni, families and friends are welcome! Please check back soon for more information.

Location: Central to Northern Namibia
An optional excursion to Sossusvlei, the Dunes, is offered.

Travel dates: April 15 through 26, 2020; optional excursion April 27 through 29, 2020

Questions? Email Kathy Engle at engle@plu.edu

Namibia Dunes

Scotland and England Trip with PLU Alumni, Family and Friends

Alumni & Student Connections is offering an exciting companion trip that shadows PLU’s Choir of the West tour to Scotland and England. This is a great opportunity to see important historical sites in the company of other PLU alumni, families and friends while attending optional choral performances throughout the tour. There will be plenty of time to explore the sites on your own.

The trip will start in Edinburgh, Scotland, visit York and Cambridge, and conclude in London, England. One day will include a visit to learn about PLU’s Gateway Program at Oxford from faculty member Dr. Solveig Robinson, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Publishing and Printing Arts Program at PLU.


Travel dates: May 27 through June 7.

Registration deadline: Monday, March 4.
A minimum of 15 registrants is required.

Total fees: $3,270 (Deposit $1000)
Does not include airfare.

Full itinerary can be checked out here.

Included in the tour: 

  • Performances: option to attend all of the PLU Choir of the West concerts.
  • Accommodations: eleven nights in 4-star, center-city hotels based on double occupancy.
  • Meals: Buffet breakfast daily and three dinners with the Choir of the West students.
  • Transportation: deluxe motor coach for all scheduled activities.
  • Entrances and excursions: A walking tour of Edinburgh, the Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh Castle, sightseeing cruise of York on the River Ouse, guided tours in Cambridge and London, a sightseeing cruise of Greenwich on the River Thames and a ride on the London Eye.
  • Porterage: one piece of luggage in and out of each hotel.
  • Taxes: included for all hotels and meals.

Not included in the tour:

  • Round trip airfare to Europe.
  • All meals not listed as included.
  • Beverages other than coffee and tea at breakfast.
  • Gratuity for your tour leader, driver and guides.

Questions? Email Kathy Engle at engle@plu.edu

2019 Diversity Center Alumni Trip: Trinidad & Tobago

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 airfare to and from Trinidad.

Registration fees due: Friday, March 1

Full excursion details: dCenter website

2019 Galápagos and Ecuador Alumni Travel Seminar (SOLD OUT)

In collaboration with Alumni & Student Connections, the Wang Center for Global Education is excited to announce the 2019 Galápagos and Ecuador Alumni Travel Seminar with an optional excursion to Peru and Machu Picchu! This trip is sold out.

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.

The program includes 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, we will offer as well an optional excursion 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.


Location: Quito and Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
An optional extension to Peru is offered, which includes Cusco, the Inca Trail, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

Travel dates: Galápagos May 7 – 19, 2019; optional excursion to Peru May 19 – 26

Registration dates: June 1 – July 15
Space is limited to 18 attendees

Total fee for Galápagos and Ecuador*: $7,150 (non-refundable deposit $1,000)
Does not include airfare to Ecuador. Includes round trip airfare from Quito to Galápagos.

Total fee for Galápagos, Ecuador and excursion to Peru*: $9,500 (non-refundable deposit: $1,500)
Includes round trip airfare from Quito to Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

Non-refundable deposit will secure your trip.

*Payment installments are due on October 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019.

Past Trips

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

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.