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.
Place That Stole My Heart
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!