Gap year counselor and intercultural learning expert.

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Dr. Whitney Sherman, Founder & Lead Consultant

Dr. Whitney Sherman specializes in providing global education opportunities to individuals and families. A life-long explorer, Whitney is passionate about helping individuals expand perspectives and break out of their comfort zones.

It all started in high school when Whitney spent five consecutive summers volunteering as an ESL teaching assistant in Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland. Upon graduating from the College of Wooster having studied Theater and French (with a semester abroad in Paris), Whitney took a gap year to teach English yet again in a tiny port town in France. When she wasn't teaching 75 third graders, she traveled throughout Europe and North Africa both independently and with friends she met along the way.

Ultimately, it was time to return to the classroom--this time as a student. Once stateside, Whitney went on to receive her master's degree in International Educational Development from Boston University's School of Education. While in graduate school, she once again sought out transformative learning experiences. This time it was French-speaking West Africa, where she interned for an educational organization in Niamey, Niger. 

After living in Niger, Whitney was determined to transform her love of interculturalism into a successful career in international education. For close to a decade, she directed study abroad, internships, and international admissions for both the University of Southern California and Boston University. In 2016, she received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Psychology from USC, where her dissertation focused on assessing intercultural learning for students on a study abroad program in Nepal.

In addition to educational counseling and consulting, Whitney currently directs intercultural learning initiatives for CIEE Study Abroad. She also recently taught introduction to intercultural competence for graduate students at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey.

Whitney’s expertise centers on experiential and intercultural learning best practices and managing risk abroad.

She has traveled to 30+ countries and five continents to visit, vet, and evaluate over 75 college campuses and study abroad, gap year, and internship programs.

Gap year counselor and experiential education expert on work travel in Prague.

Brittany Scholten, Gap Experience Advisor

Brittany’s passion for intercultural learning began as an undergraduate when she spent a semester in Salamanca, Spain. Enlivened with living abroad and speaking Spanish, she went on spend two years living in Madrid, Spain where she earned her masters in Spanish from New York University, and taught ESL to both children and adults. During her time living and working in Spain, she became an expert on traveling on a budget, exploring several European countries as well as Northern Africa.

After Brittany’s time abroad, she returned to the U.S. to teach Spanish at the high school and community college levels.  She spent each summer rejuvenating her enthusiasm for living abroad by taking part in unique coursework in Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. After teaching for several years, she felt compelled to move abroad again and spent a semester working for Northeastern University in Melbourne, Australia. As the Assistant Site Director of Northeastern’s program at Swinburne University of Technology, she worked with college freshman by coordinating their service learning placements, counseling students on academic and personal issues, and teaching the course the Global Experience; the course aim was to assist students to prepare for, gain from, and reflect upon their term abroad as a profound global experience through coursework and local civic engagement.  

Brittany returned stateside to work at the University of Southern California as a study abroad advisor where she became a colleague of Dr. Whitney Sherman. At USC, Brittany supported students in choosing the right study or intern abroad program to meet their unique goals and skill set. She assisted students in searching all possible options before making the final decision of where they would spend a semester, summer, or year abroad. As a study abroad advisor, and later as the Assistant Director of International programs, Brittany traveled to Brazil, China, and Europe to visit existing and create new study and internship abroad programs for USC students.

In addition to gap advising, Brittany works part-time as a bilingual Parent Educator for Ready, Set, Read, a non-profit that promotes literacy by teaching parents of underserved populations the importance of reading to their children at a young age and staying engaged in their child’s education.

Brittany joins Intercultural Adventures as a gap year advisor, eager to work with students and parents alike to create a well-planned gap experience that complements students’ personal, academic, and career growth by expanding their global perspective and gaining invaluable knowledge and skills. She knows first-hand the importance of intercultural competence in this world’s career marketplace and the need for responsible global citizens.  

I was thrilled with Whitney’s program options in the Adventure Guide. I appreciated the layout and the program choices given. Each one corresponded with my budget and many interests I had mentioned in our meetings. The number of options presented for my gap year abroad was perfect - not overwhelming but still giving many opportunities to decide between. I have been extremely satisfied with everything so far!!
— Veronica D., 2018-2019 Gap Year Student, Minneapolis, MN

Whitney really ‘got me’ and my vision for my upcoming trip. I feel prepared and ready to move to Bali!
— Liah B., Gap Year Client, Paris, France

As a high school teacher - I recommend working with Intercultural Adventures to all of my students and parents who are considering international travel as a part of their educational experience.
— High School Faculty Member, Knoxville, TN

Like many of my peers I was daunted by a sudden lack of direction following college graduation and was uncertain how I could put my Spanish major to use in the real world. During our initial consultation I was impressed by Brittany’s knack for asking the important questions that I wouldn’t have thought to ask myself. She was quick to explore avenues that might be of interest to me, but was also able to recognize those that didn’t spark my enthusiasm and set them aside so I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the options or pressured to pursue an opportunity that didn’t feel like the right fit for me.
— Maxine H., Gap Year Student, Los Angeles, CA

Brittany really takes each individual to heart. She gets to know the student and comes up with options that are exciting and interesting. There were so many wonderful choices in the personalized Adventure Guide that it was hard for my son to pick!
— Lisa O., Gap Year Parent, Evanston, IL

I highly recommend Brittany to work with my students because I know and believe in her work ethic and values. Her commitment to students and their overall success is a true testament to her character and personality, both professionally and personally. If you are someone who values strong worth ethic, responsibility, passion, commitment to others, and empowerment, then hire Brittany.
— Isabelle W., University Career Coach and Student Affairs Professional