About Us

Our Purpose:

To foster a life-long passion for learning through the exploration of cultures.

Mission Statement:

To plan, promote, support, and conduct educational and service tours nationally and abroad for high school and college students, and adults.

CulturED Travel was started by two high school Spanish teachers, Jewel Rozanski and Gladys Archer, with a mentoring investor Matt McKissock founder of McKissock Learning, to create unique learning and cultural experiences through world travel for students and their families. These expeditionary learning experiences take place both nationally and internationally, and help build in individuals key traits as pertain to Global Citizenship and Intercultural Competency. Such traits can more readily contribute to a passion for life-long learning and will help cultivate within a person an increased understanding of diversity, awareness of global matters, and empathy toward others and the world around them. CulturED Travel incorporates lessons of national and international history, art, science, religion, and languages, within unique and exciting travel itineraries which include opportunities for exploration, self-reflection, service, and open dialog among participants and the communities they visit.

On our tours, participants should expect a morning debriefing as well as a nightly recap discussion regarding what was learned and experienced throughout the day. It is our goal to help our students develop the ability to engage in thoughtful, empathetic, and meaningful conversations and thus help them grow into stronger thinkers, leaders, and contributors.

 

In addition to the autonomous trips designed and lead by CulturED Travel, we expect to help teachers and professors plan customized travel excursions that correspond with their own content area and learning objectives; many of whom want to provide these learning experiences for their students or club members, but do not have the time, experience, or remaining energy to do so.

CulturED Travel was at ACTFL19 in Washington DC, where educators meet!
The owners of CulturED Travel each have an extensive background in education with over 30 years experience cumulative, and are able to assist with curriculum development, backward design mapping, and course writing, as needed to help in this objective.

Matt McKissock

Following my partial retirement from a successful decades-long career as an entrepreneur in the professional licensing education industry, I now spend more time traveling abroad than at home (Warren, PA). I have visited over 30 countries in the past five years alone, and my favorite cities are Istanbul, Cairo, London, Rome and Jerusalem – each of which I regularly return to. I also routinely travel to “my other home” in Tanzania, where I have been active in the establishment, management and oversight of the Majengo Children’s Home, a Tanzanian orphanage supporting 95 severely at-risk children, for over a decade. When I am not otherwise further afield exploring even more remote and exotic locales, or leading others in places more familiar to me, such as Egypt, Istanbul or Tanzania, my family and I are currently taking a collective “gap year” in Valencia, Spain where our son, Jacob is completing the 11th grade. Among the many delights of travel, perhaps the most deeply rewarding for me is when I have the opportunity to nudge great people across the invisible barrier of their comfort zone and limiting beliefs to travel to sublime, unfamiliar places, and engage with others not from their tribe, experiencing first-hand how much more safe, friendly, generous, warm and welcoming the world is than they would ever suspect from staying home and reading the headlines.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain

Jewel Rozanski

Travel is never a matter of money but courage. Paulo Cohelo

Hola! I am Jewel Rozanski; born and raised in northwest Pennsylvania. I have loved to learn through travel ever since I was a little kid and I took trips around the U.S. with my family; many rooted in history. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Spanish Education with a minor in History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was there where I was able to gain my first international travel experience (you don’t count Canada when you live in NWPA) when I studied abroad in Mérida, Mexico. Later, I obtained my Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology also from Edinboro University. I have been a Spanish teacher since I completed my undergraduate degree and have also been my school district’s curriculum coordinator for World Language for several years. I have been the advisor of too many clubs to list, but my favorite ones which I still advise are Academic Bowl, History Club, and Spanish Club. Being a Spanish teacher opened the door for me to travel more and gave me the chance to take my teaching to the next level and do what I am so passionate about – show students the world and provide opportunities for memorable, life-changing learning experiences! To me, there is nothing like showing students things they have seen and studied about in textbooks in person. I have led groups nationally and internationally since I was 23 years old (Chicago, Gettysburg, New York City, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Spain) and am excited to continue to be a catalyst for kids.
Passion
I am looking forward to being a springboard to instill the passion of travel in others and can’t wait to show kids some of my favorite places in the world.
Place That Stole My Heart
I have been to several places in the world (although never enough) and New Orleans is one of my absolute favorites. The rich history, striking architecture, the food and music give it a culture all its own that makes you want to go back again and again. As they say, “you can live in any city in America, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you.”

Gladys Archer

Bonjour! ¡Y, buenos días!

I love new adventures, meaningful experiences, and sharing these things with others! I graduated from Houghton College with a degree in Biblical Literature, History, and French minor.  I’m a PA Level 2 certified teacher in Elementary Education K-6, and Spanish K4-12.  I hold a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University.  I am a member of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association, and of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  One of my coolest experiences was spending a semester abroad living in London, England, through the Houghton College Honors Program and the J.R.W. Stott Institute for Contemporary Christianity. My time there included a political internship with the office of a former Prime Minister.  Before settling into teaching and entrepeneurship, I’ve been a youth camp counselor on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and a youth minister, during which time I lead student work teams to Pittsburgh to help families with home projects.  Recently, I worked with students throughout my local community to respond to emergency needs in the aftermath of the devastating 2017 hurricanes affecting Puerto Rico.  I lead students and their families in fundraising through events, collecting and sending emergency relief aid, and helped facilitate rebuilding efforts of 6 homes on the island.  I’ve witnessed students have a passion to learn, to experience, and to be hands-on in developing a deeper sense of purpose.  I enjoy providing opportunities on trips that allow students to more fully engage with the people of the places we visit and learn about, through language, intercultural fellowship, and even using public transportation when possible.  I’ve been blessed to travel individually, with my family, and with student groups, and look forward to much more shared authentic cultural experiences!

Favorite City
I love Paris, the Latin Quarter is the best fun!
Place That Stole My Heart
San Juan, PR, the sounds of the waves and coquis are soothing.
Most Interesting City
Istanbul, exotic and mystifying–there’s so much to explore!
Oddest Experience
Not being able to sleep after a late night walking tour of Jack the Ripper’s neighborhood in East London.
Coolest Moment
Too many!  If I have to pick, my students surprising me with a birthday celebration while in Old San Juan.
Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures. Anonymous

(Mistakenly Attributed to Lewis Carroll)

California

Alaska

New York City

Chicago

San Antonio

New Orleans

Nashville

Mexico

Costa Rica

Peru

Puerto Rico

England

Spain

Italy

France

Tanzania

Egypt

Portugal

Sweden

Netherlands

Istanbul

Greenland

Maine

New Hampshire

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Connecticut

New Jersey

Delaware

Maryland

Virginia

North Carolina

South Carolina

Georgia

Florida

Created by teachers, for teachers.