Growing up an hour from New York City, Stephanie Tolk became fascinated at a young age by different foods, dress, customs, and languages and has been entranced by the world’s cultures ever since. She took her first solo trip at age 15 and has visited nearly 50 countries. Stephanie has spent nearly seven years of her life abroad, including living in an African village in Mali for two years.
In her 20s, Stephanie co-founded an organization in Portland, Oregon called The Pangaea Project, through which low-income teenagers developed leadership skills locally and internationally. Stephanie has extensive experience not only in planning international programs but also in leading a complex organization.
Inspired by the personal growth and expansive worldview she built through travel, she and her husband worldschooled their daughters for two years on five continents. Through Deliberate Detour, Stephanie joyously supports other families in finding life-changing world travel, and to provide the highest-quality hubs possible, she assembled a crack team of experienced, passionate local people, travelers, and worldschoolers.