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SUBJECT: Grenfell - New program to attract international participants

DATE: April 19,2007

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two.
Grenfell College’s brand new Learning Vacations program focuses on adults and families who are interested in learning new skills while in “vacation mode.”
The program aims to bring people from “across the pond” to study visual art, photography, and a number of other subject areas, on the west coast of Newfoundland. The first classes will take place this summer.
“Although we’re partnering internationally, we of course still encourage local residents to take advantage of the program,” said Karen Brinson, learning vacations co-ordinator.
Each course includes educational and cultural components, and while learning is the primary goal, participants will also be immersed in the culture, heritage and natural beauty of the west coast.
“Today there is increased demand globally from tour operators, itinerary planners and learning institutes for both academic and tourism Learning Vacation programs,” said Ms. Brinson. “People want to learn on their own terms – not trapped within the walls of a classroom, but ‘out and about’ as they experience new cultures and environments.”
Courses being offered include Thank God We’re Surrounded by Water!, The “Ology” Tour, Landscape Painting in Western Newfoundland, Western Newfoundland – a Photographer’s Paradise, Rockets and Sculpture and Boats, Oh My!, All the World’s a Stage and Mending Body and Soul – A Women’s Weekend.  
“Learning Vacations aims to expand business opportunities and tourism product offerings in the region, to encourage economic development in the region’s tourism and education sectors, and, perhaps most importantly, to develop programs that are supported and embraced by residents and business owners in the region,” added Ms. Brinson.
For more information or to register, call 709.637-6200 Ext. 6157 or e-mail learningvacations@swgc.mun.ca, or visit www.swgc.mun.ca/learningvacations.  

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For further information please call Pamela Gill, communications co-ordinator, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, at (709) 637-6200 ext. 6134 or visit www.swgc.mun.ca.

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