About

Creating awareness and building a more conscious world through innovative cultural exchange

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Jərnē is a project to build an international community platform that provides opportunities to develop intercultural skills through shared experiences online.  It was instigated by three women – a musician, a dancer, and an educator, but credit for its success is due to all of the individuals and communities that come together to make it real.

The Team

Celia

Celia B. Perez Erraste is a visionary, a community leader, activist, and  professional singer songwriter who founded the all-women’s group, Souvenir.  She recently accepted a university position as professor of music technique.  

Karelia

Karelia Despaigne is a professional dancer and choreographer.  By twenty-one, she was a soloist with Ballet Folklorico Oriente, later a principle dancer with Sabor DKY and founder of Tierra Kaliente. She has taught internationally in over 23 countries.

Chaille

Chaille Mount is a professional wanderer with a masters degree in Experiential Education and a background in psychology and medicine.  She has been traveling the world, living in different countries and studying languages for over 35 years.

Our Story

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How IT

began

We asked the questions – ‘Why do we travel?’ ‘Can we create that online?’ and ‘Will it make the world a better place?’  And our answer was, YES!  In a time when travel is not always an option, we can give people a way to connect with others, to welcome the culture beyond, and develop intercultural skills vital to the development of global communities, all online.

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Our Goals

Share Experiences

Create a online community based on shared experiences centered around culture, creative arts, and wellness.

Support Artists

Provide an additional income source for creative artists that is not subject to seasonal fluctuations of tourism.

Increase Access

Design cultural exchange programs that are accessible to individuals and groups not typically in a position to travel.

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Our
Values

Culture

We believe in the beauty of our differences and recoginize the importance of preserving and celebrating our cultural identities.

Community

We believe that community is key to the success of our "new" world order. We strive to offer opportunities for people to develop the skills and empathy needed to turn a global economy into an effective global community

Consciousness

We believe that with innovative cultural exchange programs we can raise awareness and build a more conscious world.

Curiosity

We believe that curiosity did not kill the cat! We never miss an opportunity to let curiosity get the better of us. Curiosity leads to discovery and personal growth.

Change

We believe that change is necessary and that small gestures, even the movement of a butterly wing, can be a catalyst to change the world.

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Our Goals

Share Experiences

Create a online community based on shared experiences centered around culture, creative arts, and wellness.

Support Artists

Provide an additional income source for creative artists that is not subject to seasonal fluctuations of tourism.

Increase Access

Design cultural exchange programs that are accessible to individuals and groups not typically in a position to travel.

03

Our
Values

Curiosity

We believe that curiosity did not kill the cat! We never miss an opportunity to let curiosity get the better of us. Curiosity leads to discovery and personal growth.

Change

We believe that change is necessary and that small gestures, even the movement of a butterly wing, can be a catalyst to change the world.

Culture

We believe in the beauty of our differences and recoginize the importance of preserving and celebrating our cultural identities.

Community

We believe that community is key to the success of our "new" world order. We strive to offer opportunities for people to develop the skills and empathy needed to turn a global economy into an effective global community

Consciousness

We believe that with innovative cultural exchange programs we can raise awareness and build a more conscious world.

Experiential
Education
& Social
Learning

We want to provide opportunities for people to encounter and sometimes embrace the unfamiliar, to venture just beyond the borders of comfort, and find those moments that open our eyes a little wider.