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Triumph Over the Odds: The People of South Louisiana

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Program #19992RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jan 21 — Jan 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, January 21 - Arrival and Check-in; Welcome and orientation.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: The evening is yours to settle in and relax or enjoy getting to know your fellow participants.

Evening: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Participants may check into the hotel after 2:00pm.

ORIENTATION: We'll gather promptly at 4:30pm in our private meeting room. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during this informative orientation. We’ll go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, have a general Q&A session, and begin getting to know everyone during introductions. It's a lively beginning.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Acadians — descendants of 17th-century French colonists — were expelled from Canada by the British during the French and Indian War (1755-1763), followed by a 30-year odyssey of wandering. But they endured, persevered, and settled in south Louisiana to become the Cajuns we know today, developing a vibrant culture that is a unique part of Louisiana’s heritage. Faced with devastating hurricanes and an epic oil spill, will the people hit so hard find ways to carry on their way of life? Will their spirit and joie de vivre see them through? You’ll meet and talk with university professors, local oil field workers, fishermen, and others who continue to survive against all odds.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, January 22 - Class: The Oil Spill and Louisiana - instructor, ...
Class: The Oil Spill and Louisiana - instructor, Dr. Robert Gramling, UL Lafayette Field Trip: Marine Survival Safety Center - where oil field workers get safety training

Breakfast: Included.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The Oil Spill and Louisiana, with Robert Gramling, Ph.D., Profess or Sociology at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Dr. Gramling — a recipient of the Distinguished Professor award — is the author of “Oil on the Edge: Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock” and, with William R. Freudenburg, “Oil in Troubled Waters: Perceptions, Politics, and the Battle Over Offshore Drilling.”

Lunch: We'll dine out to sample the savory food at a popular Cajun restaurant. The original Acadian refugees adapted their French rustic cuisine to local ingredients and the taste treats continue today.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Marine Survival Training Center. We'll explore the state-of-the-art facilities where offshore oil workers receive safety training including survival craft training, underwater helicopter egress training, marine fire safety, and much more. Since June 1989, MSTC has brought more than 75,000 offshore workers up-to-date in water safety and survival techniques.

Dinner: Treat your taste buds with dinner out at a popular Cajun restaurant. The joie de vivre you experience is "lagniappe." Ask somebody local what it means!

Evening: PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet and hear from oil field workers with experience working on land and offshore oil rigs, including drilling and production platforms. Learn the challenges and rewards of this life for the workers and their families.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, January 23 - The Anatomy of a Hurricane, Cajun Music Jam Sessi...
Breakfast: Included.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Displacement and Rebuilding Post-Disaster, with JoAnne Derouen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Dr. Derouen is the author of “The Relationship between Coastal Restoration and Community Relocation” as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.

Lunch: Enjoy more Cajun cooking.

Afternoon: Class & Field Trip: The Anatomy of a Hurricane, instructor, local meteoroligist

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

Evening: Jam session with local Cajun musicians.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, January 24 - A visit to PHI, where helicopters are built and t...
A visit to PHI, where helicopters are built and the headquarters for the whole operation.

Breakfast: Included.

Morning: A fascinating visit to PHI, one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies. Known industry wide for the relentless pursuit of safe, reliable helicopter transportation, PHI offers services to the offshore Oil and Gas, onshore mining, International, Air Medical, and Technical Services industries.

Lunch: Included

Afternoon: Excursion: TBA

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant

Evening: PRESENTATION: The Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Industry in South Louisiana

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.

Contact info:
1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com

Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65
Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, January 25 - Field trip to see "Mr. Charlie," an authentic onc...
Field trip to see "Mr. Charlie," an authentic once-operable offshore oil rig.

Breakfast: Included.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We’ll travel to Morgan City to explore the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition and “Mr. Charlie” — the first transportable, submersible drilling rig, built 1952-53. "Mr. Charlie" could accommodate a crew of up to 58 and drilled hundreds of wells in the Gulf of Mexico until its retirement in 1986. The well maintained barge is approximately 220 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 14 feet deep.

Lunch: Local specialty, tba.

Afternoon: Free time after returning from the trip to Morgan City.

Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live music.

Lodging: Hotel Acadiana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, January 26 - Departure after breakfast, which is served from 6...
Breakfast: Included

Morning: You are free to depart before or after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lafayette, LA
Acadian VillageMuseum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.acadianvillage.org/
Downtown LafayetteShops, live music, restaurants, art museums, planetarium
For additional information, visit: www.lafayettetravel.com/
Heymann Performing Arts Center1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
For additional information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/venue/221705/
Lafayette Natural History Museum and PlanetariumThe Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday - 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $8.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $6.00
For additional information, visit: www.lnhm.org/
University Art MuseumThe University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday - Closed Ticket prices: Adult $5 Senior Citizens $4
For additional information, visit: www.louisiana.edu/UAM/
Zoo of AcadianaHours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. (Closed major holidays) Admission cost: $7.95* for adults $6.95* for senior citizens *plus tax.
For additional information, visit: www.zooofacadiana.org/

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