The Perfect Team: 4 continents, 7 languages

Our team has more than 60 years of of combined experience designing immersive experiences for clients around the world.  

Our professional backgrounds are as diverse as our native tongues. However, we all believe that immersing ourselves in new cultures is the best way to experience the world.

We are professional globetrotters and bon vivants, but most importantly we're global citizens with a strong commitment to sustainable and culturally sensitive global engagement.   


IGS PRESIDENT & FOUNDER 

Sheree Miranda Mitchell cultural immersion experiences for students

Sheree M. Mitchell, M.A.  

Sheree can pack a suitcase for a two-month stint abroad in less than two hours.  She's traveled to 40 countries and she speaks English and Spanish fluently (and is currently working on Portuguese and Italian). In 2014 Sheree gave up her career, car and apartment, rented a small storage unit and embarked on an ambitious year-long solo sojourn around the globe.  

Since 2002 Sheree has created and directed language and cultural immersion programs in the United States, Costa Rica, Spain and France.  As a direct beneficiary of immersion programs (she studied Spanish and lived with local families for many summers in Spain and Costa Rica), she knows first-hand how these experiences help people from around the world connect at the deepest human level possible, something that could never be duplicated in a classroom.  Sheree's extensive experiences abroad at an early age led her to earn a Master's Degree in Spanish Language with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy.  Since 2001 Sheree has taught both English and Spanish to non-native speakers, both in the U.S. and internationally. Most recently, Sheree has been invited to speak publicly at the New York Times Travel Show (2017) and The Travel & Adventure Shows (2017) on her innovative approach to helping others experience the world.          


ISRAEL PROGRAM DIRECTOR 

Eldad Brin licensed tour guide in Israel

Eldad Brin, M.A.

Eldad can take you on an unforgettable journey through the mysterious alleys and underground systems of Jerusalem’s Old City, while explaining the area’s tumultuous history in various languages!  He’s a true globetrotter. With just a backpack, a simple digital camera and his passport, he’ll disappear for months at a time, discovering and photographing the nooks and crannies of intriguing spaces all around the world--so far 65 countries and counting. To have a peek at the world through Eldad's camera lens, click here.

When back in Israel, Eldad is one of the most sought-after licensed tour guides. He’s absolutely passionate about sharing his country with everyone, especially the city of his birth, the complex and often misunderstood Jerusalem. 

Eldad’s love for history, politics, architecture and urban planning has led him to earn a Master's degree in Geography and Urban and Regional Studies. As a lifelong teacher (and student) of the world, Eldad is currently working on his Ph.D., specializing in the urban development of Jerusalem during the mid-20th century.   

If you’d like to learn more about Eldad Brin, click here.


PORTUGAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR 

Ana Nogueira and Sheree Mitchel_Lisbon Portugal

Ana Nogueira Viegas, M.B.A.

Born of Portuguese heritage and raised in Mozambique, Africa, Ana has always been fascinated with exploring the world. She has traveled to 27 countries and when she’s not on the road, she happily shares her beautiful city of Lisbon with visitors from around the globe.  

Ana's passion for globetrotting led her to study Hospitality Business Management. She has acquired vast experience in quality assurance, management systems, customer satisfaction, and food safety management. Most recently, Ana combined all of her experiences and realized her life-long dream by creating an upscale hostel in a beautiful historic building in one of Lisbon’s most affluent neighborhoods.  This innovative concept of high-end yet affordable short-term lodging has been so successful that Ana just recently acquired and opened more residences throughout Lisbon.  

Ana's love of sharing Portugal with the world is palpable.  On any given day, you’ll see (or hear) her happily indulging her guests at the Royal Prince Hostel with regional baked goods, short Portuguese lessons or impromptu wine tastings - all of which she does while skillfully switching back and forth between English, Spanish and Portuguese!) 

If you’d like to learn more about Ana’s projects click here