Founder & Adventure Leader
Janelle Schroy is a film producer, travel journalist, conservation advocate, defender of the arts, lover of all things STEM, and a futurist. She is passionate about design thinking as the world re-imagines what education means for future generations. She is a prolific writer and speaker about these topics. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and holds a BA in Political Science with a focus on International Development and Business.Janelle is the Founder and President of Adventure Clubs. She is also the producer for Adventure Family Journal’s YouTube show and its associated blog. With her husband, Janelle co-founded Paradigm Shift, a non-profit working throughout Africa to alleviate poverty through micro-enterprise development.
She has been a passionate educator for over 20 years and has taught children at the pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school levels in both in-school, and after school programs. Her teaching has been around literacy, entrepreneurship, and performing arts, as well as history, geography, and politics. She loves inspiring children of all ages as they explore their personal interests as they grow.
Janelle is a contributing expert on childhood education for The Barna Group and she was Business Fellow and Mentor with Praxis Labs in New York City. She was recently a speaker for the 2020 Global Homeschooling Summit on the topic of creating a worldschooling curriculum. Janelle has also presented her creative ideas multiple times at the Redemptive Imagination Summit. She has filmed a series of live interviews with experts around creative education for We Are Worldschoolers and has been an active part of that network. Janelle is the author of the book, Designing Childhood and the producer of the book, Resilience: Portraits of a New South Africa. She also writes a monthly column about education and travel for San Diego Mom’s Collective, and freelances articles and photography for multiple travel magazines and websites.
On the family front, Janelle is a wife to her husband, Jedd, and mother to four little girls, Reagan, Madison, Devyn and Peyton, whom she schools while traveling continuously. Her family is currently on an five-year-long educational journey to 50 countries.
Visual & Performing Arts Leader
Magdalene Minnaar is a highly respected performer, entrepreneurial producer and innovative director, known in the music industry as someone who continuously sets new trends and challenges conventional boundaries.
As a performer Magdalene is universally acclaimed across musical genres. She is well known as an operatic soprano who has performed in many operas, concerts, oratorios and cross-genre productions, and her collaborations with Josh Groban, Arno Carstens and Bittereinder are examples of her immense versatility. Magdalene also sang the female lead in Cape Town Opera’s international touring production of Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat and played the role of Christine in Pieter Toerien’s production of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, to great acclaim.
After receiving her Honours Degree in Music with distinction from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, she was part of the Cape Town Opera Studio. In 2009, she was moved to the New York Opera Studio to further her studies.
Other career highlights include performing at the opening of the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sean Bovim’s Queen at the Ballet, SuperSkouspel at the FNB Stadium and performing as guest artist on the popular TV contest, The Voice – South Africa.
Magdalene is a wife and mother to two children, Jacob and Emma. She is passionate about children’s education in the arts, and has started many projects to that regard, such as Clever Classical Kids, Little Maestros, and she teaches extensively in various capacities.