Many students do not have the opportunity to study abroad due to affordability and/or lack of community.
We are making international education more accessible by offering scholarships to deserving students.
Studying abroad is the most effective means for students to develop needed skills because it helps push students to get out of their comfort zone by experiencing a different culture, language, environment, and educational system. It teaches students to appreciate difference and diversity and enables them to recognize – and then dismiss – stereotypes they may have held about people they had never met.
Learning how to interact with people from other countries and cultures equips future leaders in all sectors to address urgent issues – from curing diseases and finding energy solutions, to fighting terrorism and hunger – shared across borders.
Providing deserving college students, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, with an opportunity to gain global exposure by providing them with their first passport, international flight, and short-term study abroad experience.
Our founder, Deidre Mathis, traveled abroad for the very first time as a 19-year old college sophomore to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It was during that educational Alternative Spring Break trip where she caught the travel bug. Deidre credits that international experience with changing her life forever. She went on to move abroad 3 times and travel over 40 countries on all 7 continents. She recently opened the US’s first Black owned hostel, Wanderstay Houston.
If Deidre had not received a $1,500 stipend from her University to pay for that study abroad program, she may have never gotten her passport and traveled abroad that spring break.
In 2019 she founded the Wander Abroad scholarship so she could give that same experience to deserving college students across the United States.