Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Aleks Nesic

Second Advisor

Karen Blanchard


The world is aging! Older Americans make up the fastest growing segment of the population. The aging population is rapidly increasing and according to the U.S. Census, the U.S. population age 65 and over is expected to double in size within the next 25 years. By 2030, almost 1-out-of-5 Americans, some 72 million people will be age 65 or older (U.S. Census, 2006). The growth in this population will ultimately cause a greater gap between generation at the opposite end of the human lifespan, the young and old. This capstone introduces a new Road Scholar Intergenerational program that addresses this growing population. Explore Ecuador is a proposal program for Road Scholar the not- for- profit organization that provides educational travel experiences to adult participants aged 50+. The goal of the program aims to bridge the gap between generations while gaining cross-cultural skills and a global perspective. The program is designed to study the Spanish language while exploring the rich cultural history of Ecuador from the Andes to the Coast.


International and Comparative Education | Other Education


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