Alumni Travel Program

Come travel with us!

In fall 1975, the Alumni Association sponsored a travel tour to Bavaria in conjunction with the Independent College Advancement Associates. Currently, the association sponsors three or four international trips per year, usually with a faculty host, choosing localities of educational and cultural interest. Some of the areas toured by Oberlin alumni include China, India, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Peru, France, Egypt, Morocco, Sweden, Iceland, and Greenland.

Why travel with Oberlin?

"First, you are traveling with people who have shared a similar experience, which makes breaking the ice a bit easier, and there is a common desire for something more than just chalking up another country or continent. Second, the faculty are fantastic. Third, Oberlin works with tour operators who specialize in tailoring tours to include more than just the high points. Fourth, for those of us who have few contacts with the school, it's a good way to get back in touch." — Peg ’67 and Robert Goertz ’69

Cuba: The Pearl of the Antilles

March 19-26, 2016
Escorted by Oberlin Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara

Musicians in CubaThanks to overwhelming demand, we are pleased to offer another trip to Cuba. Join fellow Obies and Professor Ana Cara on a people-to-people delegation to build friendship with our Cuban neighbors, see the architecture, savor rich cuisine, and experience soul-moving music. There is no better time to visit this fascinating neighbor during this time of historic change.

Our tour will focus on the arts, both contemporary and folk, and include must-see destinations such as the colonial city of Havana, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and museums; however, it is the personal connections with artists, musicians, chefs, and religious practitioners—in partnership with Project Por Amor—that will make this tour magical. Visit Havana’s premier graphic arts workshop, artist studios, dance company rehearsals, and performances of African and Hispanic folkloric music. Spend evenings listening to Cuban rhythms and attending music and dance performances.

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GalapagosJanuary 8-17, 2016
Escorted by Oberlin Associate Professor of Biology Roger Laushman

Back by popular demand! Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and bisected by the equator lies one of nature’s most enchanting destinations—the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos originally found notoriety in the mid-1800s, when Charles Darwin formulated his theories of evolution from his observations on the unique and plentiful fauna of the region. Journey with us as we embark on an eco-adventure to explore this archipelago and discover wildlife unlike any other on earth! We will have the unique opportunity for extraordinarily close encounters with sea lions, penguins, tortoises, fur seals, and many kinds of seabirds. We will travel aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endeavour. Join us for this remarkable opportunity to travel with fellow alumni and mingle with the same friendly and frolicsome creatures that inspired Darwin over 150 years ago!

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ObieAdventures: Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Exploration

September 9-11, 2015
Kayak, Hike, Swim and Camp with David Orr

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon

Join Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College on Sustainability and the Environment David Orr as we kayak, hike, swim and camp at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

David will lead us on an exploration of the history of these waterways and the arid West including the explorations of John Wesley Powell on the Colorado and his ideas about the settlement of the "Arid Lands" of the West. In addition, David will lead discussions of climate change impacts on the region.

We have a limited number of spaces available, so reserve your spot quickly before the trip is full!

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