who's behind ia

Intercultural Adventures founder and 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 teaches intercultural competence at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey.

Whitney’s expertise centers on experiential learning best practices, university internationalization initiatives, and risk management 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.


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., Upcoming 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