What is the purpose of Alumni Groups?
The purpose of Elderhostel Alumni Groups is provide
Elderhostelers with the opportunity to continue their
Elderhostel experience in their local communities
after their educational adventure is completed. Elderhostel
operates like a large college or university offering
10,000 educational programs worldwide. Unlike traditional
educational institutions, however, our "students"
do not come to our "campus" but rather take classes
in more than 100 countries around the globe. Through
the establishment of the Elderhostel Alumni Association,
we hope to promote continuing friendship among our
program participants and strengthen the relationship
between our constituents and the Elderhostel organization.
What do Alumni Groups do?
Elderhostelers gather in local Alumni Groups in their
communities to share Elderhostel experiences. At their
meetings, groups may choose to have a member of the
group speak about a recent Elderhostel program experience.
They may invite a member of Elderhostel's staff or a
program provider to make a presentation or they may
schedule a local expert to give a lecture on topic of
What are the responsibilities of an Alumni Coordinator?
An Elderhostel Alumni Coordinator is responsible for
ensuring an atmosphere that is in accordance with
Elderhostel's mission, where diversity is welcome,
individuals are respected, and where learning and
friendship are valued. Alumni Coordinators are volunteers
who organize alumni gatherings in their local communities.
They keep Elderhostel headquarters informed of their
activities and serve as a liaison between Elderhostel
and their alumni members. We ask you as an Alumni
Coordinator to welcome Elderhostelers from your local
community and encourage new participants to join in
Will I have help?
Yes! You will work in collaboration with Elderhostel
staff. Elderhostel has committed two staff members,
Frania and Elizabeth, to assist you and your alumni
group. Frania and Elizabeth are available to help
you in many ways such as finding a meeting location,
planing your events, scheduling speakers, and sending
out and tracking invitations.
How will I contact interested Elderhostelers in my area?
Elderhostel is committed to protecting the privacy
of all its participants. For this reason, Elizabeth
and Frania will make the initial contact with Elderhostelers
from your local community inviting them to participate
in local alumni activities. In that way, we can protect
your contact information as well as that of our other
participants in your local area. At your first meeting,
you may collect names, addresses, and email addresses
directly from your attendees.
Where and how often will the group meet?
Alumni Groups meet in a variety of places including
libraries, retirement communities, local senior centers,
and members' homes. If none of the suggested places
are available in your area, Frania and Elizabeth can
help you in find a location to hold your meeting.
We recommend that groups meet quarterly to keep the
momentum going for your group.
Who funds these groups?
As a not-for-profit organization, Elderhostel does
not have the budget necessary to fund the numerous
Alumni Groups around the country. Some groups collect
dues, ranging from $2.00 to $5.00 per household, to
offset the costs of mailings, copies, or refreshments,
while others ask members to volunteer to organize
meetings for the group.
Can I plan an Elderhostel program that is just for my Alumni Group?
Yes! Elderhostel Charter Programs are an ideal way
to bring a community together. Charter Programs enable
groups to reserve an Elderhostel program exclusively
for their members. Charter programs are the same high
quality, affordable programs we offer to our individual