WE STAND FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION + ACCESS
At Intercultural Adventures, we welcome and encourage participants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Regardless of gender identity, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, religion, and/or culture, we provide sound guidance and service to all participants.
We know that access and inclusion to many educational opportunities are limited and unequal. As educators, we are committed to bringing the benefits of a gap experience to historically underrepresented student populations.
Intercultural Adventures seeks to achieve this by:
Providing comprehensive pre-departure and re-entry advising and resources tailored to individual student needs;
Presenting comprehensive external resources to assist participants in applying for scholarships and financial aid;
Recommending resources for our participants to research on each location they are considering for their gap experience so that they may gain an understanding of the challenges they may face in the new location;
As a commitment to supporting underrepresented students, we offer a number of need-based scholarships each year.
For more information, please inquire here.
Click here to read about our annual Gap Year Counseling Scholarship
we stand for ethical & sustainable travel
We promote ethical, sustainable travel where individuals successfully integrate into the local culture while understanding their roles as respectful guests in the country. We advocate for slow, immersive travel where our clients traverse beyond the boundary of a tourist and become temporary locals.
In strengthening intercultural learning efforts among institutional clients, our facilitation approach adopts elements of experiential learning while reinforcing content and curriculum inside the classroom. Our trainings are relevant, fun, and powerful (or so we've been told!).
WE STAND FOR INTERCULTURAL LEARNING AS A FRAMEWORK
To survive in our interconnected, information-age world, we believe as educators, all of our teaching should aim to impart onto students the knowledge, cultural awareness, and content expertise to successfully function appropriately and effectively across cultures.
Learning is not always innate. Profound learning must be fostered, intentionally guided, and procured.
We are enthralled with the power that intercultural dialogue can have in fostering deep respect and mutual understanding. To step outside of your comfort zone is to truly be a human, whether you are volunteering or interning in a foreign country or you are a veteran teacher trying out new, culturally inclusive curriculum that makes you question your own culture, beliefs, and identity.
We believe that in participating in experiences where we are challenged emotionally, intellectually, and even physically, we gain so much more than just having a great vacation or trip abroad. Through travel, we invoke empathy and tolerance while enabling our holistic growth as human beings.
It’s not about how many countries you’ve checked off on your bucket list or how many foreign languages you speak. It’s about the learning moments where you are surrounded by individuals totally different than you--you are uncomfortable one moment but loving the next.
We are here to help guide these experiences. We are your intercultural teachers, coaches, and trainers.
Yours in wanderlust,
Dr. Whitney Sherman & Brittany Scholten, M.A.
We speak to schools, organizations, and communities on intercultural learning and meaningful travel. Find out what's next.