CVEC joins the blogosphere; spring course registration now open

CVEC blogsite I’ve been working with (L to R) Bill Carlson, Ray Eng, and Ed Lufkin to convert the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC) website to a WordPress-based blog site. It went live last week.

Bill Carlson, Ray Eng, Ed LufkinCVEC is in the middle of registration for their Spring 2009 courses.  See the 3 PDFs on their home page for course descriptions, registration, and the schedule/enrollment update. There’s no online registration nor online payment yet. That capability will be available for the next round of courses.

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  1. Larry Fowler said:

    To whom it may concern:

    Joseph Mbele and I would like to invite interested seniors a ‘chance of a lifetime’ to visit Africa this summer.

    Educational Tour to Tanzania

    Spend two weeks in Tanzania, one of the most stable countries in Africa. Visit some of its world-known national parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara. Get a glimpse of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Meet the laid-back Tanzanians, famous for their friendliness. Visit schools and markets, shops and restaurants, churches and mosques, in a country where people of different races and religions live together in harmony. There is more: you will visit Olduvai, the home of the earliest ancestors of the human race, and Bagamoyo, an ancient sleepy city on the Indian Ocean coast, which used to be a major center of the slave trade. You will walk on its gorgeous sandy beaches and explore its historical and cultural sites. Then you will head off to Tanga, further up the coast, a great center of the old Swahili civilization. The trip will emphasize interactions with the local people, including home visits.

    This is a great opportunity for students and adults to see Tanzania’s natural beauty, the diversity of its people, their social life and culture. You will gain an insight into the lives of children, gender issues, and the impact of globalization on a third world country. On some evenings, you will listen to African folktales told by Joseph Mbele, who enjoys sharing his native culture and folklore.

    The trip guides are Joseph Mbele and Larry Fowler, experienced educators who enjoy leading Americans on study tours abroad. As a Tanzanian, Joseph will even teach you some Swahili words and phrases, which you can practice on the locals. They love it.

    Through this two-week learning and cultural immersion opportunity, students will gain social studies credit.


    Wednesday, June 17: Depart Minneapolis or hometown.

    Thursday, June 18: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (Arusha, Tanzania) or Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi, Kenya), transfer to Colobus Mountain Lodge: Dinner and overnight at Colobus Mountain Lodge.

    Friday, June 19: After breakfast, tour briefing, then tour Arusha National Park. Dinner and overnight at Colobus Mountain Lodge

    Saturday, June 20: Tour Arusha. Optional seminar in Arusha, on “Culture and Globalization” conducted by Joseph L. Mbele. Dinner and overnight at Colobus Mountain Lodge

    Sunday, June 21: After breakfast, travel to Mto wa Mbu. Explore Mto wa Mbu, meet local people. Dinner and overnight at Twiga Lodge.

    Monday, June 22: After breakfast, enter Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Twiga Lodge

    Tuesday, June 23: Explore Karatu: school, church, mosque, market, shops. Dinner and overnight at Crater Rim Lodge

    Wednesday, June 24: After breakfast, drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park for game viewing. Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti campsite.

    Thursday, June 25: After breakfast collect packed lunch and drive to Oldupai Gorge, then descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game drive. Dinner and overnight in Karatu at the Crater Rim Lodge.

    Friday, June 26: After breakfast, drive to Arusha. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Colobus Mountain Lodge.

    Saturday, June 27: After breakfast, travel to Bagamoyo. Visit historical and cultural sites. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Bagamoyo.

    Sunday, June 28: After breakfast, tour Bagamoyo historical and cultural sites. Afternoon go to Tanga. Dinner and overnight in Tanga.

    Monday, June 29 After breakfast, tour Tanga. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Tanga.

    Tuesday, June 30. After breakfast drive to Colobus Mountain Lodge. Lunch dinner and overnight at Colobus Mountain Lodge.

    Wednesday, July 1: Free day, then depart from KIA.

    Cost of the Educational Tour should be around $4,000. We’re currently working with airlines to reduce the cost. We will have fundraisers to help with individual costs/

    Questions? Email


    March 9, 2009

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