Liz Jackson, Founder and Director
Gogi Abroad was founded by Liz Jackson, an experienced, passionate educator who has been teaching adolescents and leading international trips for over 10 years. Gogi Abroad is a small, dynamic organization with seasoned, enthusiastic leaders, who get to know each student and work closely with families to insure a safe, inspiring experience.
Liz Jackson holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and brings fifteen years of experience as an educator of both Spanish and Waldorf curriculum. She is a seasoned trip leader and an avid traveler. Her passion for travel and experiential learning is rooted in her own transformative experiences studying abroad as a teenager. She loves witnessing her students’ growing awareness of the the world as they travel together, and she brings both the compassion of a mother and the clarity and knowledge of an educator.
Liz has been involved with Waldolf Education for the past 10 years. She was instrumental in the opening of The Green Valley School, a Waldolf school in Putney Vermont. Her teaching experience is diverse–from Emmi Pickler infant care to high school students at both public and independent schools. Liz continues to develop her methods by attending, among others, courses for World Languages at the Pine Hill Waldorf School.
Recently, in 2016 Liz traveled the world for eight months with her two boys and her husband. They traveled to thirteen countries, and the experience was transformative and expansive on many levels. They began their adventure with the intention to connect with new cultures and people from all over the world, with special attention to water and natural resources. They experienced first hand how global warming is changing climate world wide, and how many cultures and tribes are feeling its effects.
Liz resides in Vermont with her husband and two young sons.
“I have traveled to Ecuador with Liz and students twice and I have the utmost confidence in her ability to put together a quality educational/service learning travel experience. Her energy and enthusiasm always carry the day.” -Steve Lorenz, School Administrator