The Problem

Many students do not have the opportunity to study abroad due to affordability and/or lack of community.

Our Solution

We are making international education more accessible by offering short term study abroad scholarships to deserving students.

Studying abroad is the most effective way for students to develop valuable skills because it helps push them 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.

Our Mission

Granting deserving college students, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to gain global
exposure by providing them with their first passport, international flight, and short-term study abroad experience.

Our Board

Our founder 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 to 3 different countries abroad and travel to over 40 countries. 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. 

Amber Harrold, Board Member 2020-2022

Amber is an entrepreneur, leader, philanthropist, and adventurer. Originally from a small town in Nebraska, she understood the importance of travel and immersing herself into local cultures across the globe.  She lived abroad in Germany and became an avid traveler. Amber has traveled to 39 countries but ultimately chose to reside in Phoenix, Arizona where she opened her own travelers’ hostel. Amber says her best stories are found within the pages of her passport and is excited to support others discovering the joy of travel. 

Iuliana Popa, Board Member 2020-2022

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Iuliana is originally from Romania, but lived most of her life in the US. Her cultural background and frequent travels growing up gave her a passion for hospitality and tourism. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and she is now excited to be a part of an organization that helps students travel abroad for the first time and experience new cultures.

Tracy Daniel, Board Member 2020-2022

Tracy is a Texas native who has a passion for lifelong learning. Upon earning her Masters degree in history, she embarked on post-graduate sabbatical, which allowed her to transport her collegiate historical research skills outside the hallowed halls of academia. Daniel has conducted historical research across the globe, from studying the indigenous Maori culture in New Zealand to studying the culture of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. When she is not travelling, she is enhancing the minds of undergraduate students in her work as a history professor. 

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