Group Students Smilling

About Us

Value Learning Intercultural Specialists is a consulting business committed to advancing global competence and fostering intercultural understanding.

 

Value Learning provides consultation, facilitation, program design and development to education, non-profit, and government organisations.

 Meet Our Directors

 

Co-founders Fran Baxter and Marcela Lapertosa are intercultural learning practitioners who have built their expertise and reputation by delivering valued learning experiences and high quality projects to address the needs of some of the world's leading intercultural learning and education organisations. Together they manage a series of government, industry and educational projects. 

Value-Learning-Fran-Baxter_edited.jpg

Fran Baxter 

Executive Director 

An intercultural educator with a passion for learning, Fran has a deep desire to build greater intercultural skills with groups, individuals and organisations. With more than 25 years’ experience in international education, intercultural learning and student mobility, she designs and facilitates learning programs delivered in Australia and across the globe. Fran manages and designs government funded projects connecting Australia with Indonesia, India and China, and manages projects related to vocational and teacher education, intercultural communication, inclusion and belonging.

Value-Learning-Marcela-Lapertosa_edited.jpg

Marcela Lapertosa

Director of Education 

A Cross Cultural Psychologist with a passion for fostering intercultural understanding, Marcela is also a master facilitator and trainer who has travelled the world providing global competence, intercultural learning and leadership training to diverse audiences. Marcela led the development of multiple intercultural learning curricula to enhance study abroad experiences for students, host families, volunteers and international education professionals. An advocate for  Global Citizenship education, Marcela organises and speaks at several conferences around the world.

Meet our Program Managers 

Mikaylie Page.jpg

Mikaylie Page

AIYEP Co-ordinator 

As COO of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, Mikaylie is focussed on empowering young people and creating connections across Australia and Southeast Asia. During her Law Arts degree in International Relations, Political Economics and Social Policy, Mikaylie spent a semester studying Indonesian Business and Law at the Islamic University of Indonesia in Yogyakarta,  undertaking internships at PUSHAM Centre for Human Rights contributing to peace-building through interfaith dialogues, and Wahana Visi (World Vision) in Jakarta with the End Violence Against Children team. In 2021, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning. 

VL-Nishita-Mehta_edited.jpg

Nishita Mehta

VYL-India Co-ordinator India

A program manager, intercultural trainer and risk manager, Nishita's work is focussed on global citizenship, using media for social change, STEM, Hindi language learning and cultural immersion.  Nishita holds a B. Arts in Psychology and French, and Masters in Journalism and Communication studies.  In her home country India, she has coordinated programs including the BP STEM Academy, the US State Department YES Abroad program, the Kamenori Program, and the Jenesys program with Japan. Nishita is passionate about enabling and empowering individuals, especially high-school students, with global competencies and intercultural skills required for a sustainable future.   

 Our Communications and Change Specialists

Our Acknowledgement

sophia.jpg

Sophia Fuller

Communications Manager

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Indonesian Studies. Since, she has worked in video marketing and become a digital marketing and video production specialist, not only producing content but also teaching others how to share their message and purpose with a larger online audience. Sophia works with companies like Value Learning to assist them promote and build relationships across cultures. While all our programs are special to her, the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, draws on her passion for Indonesia, youth and digital marketing. 

Jen Baxter_edited.jpg

Jen Gazdek

Change Consultant

A leadership professional with more than 25 years’ experience in people management and leading change through learning and leadership development, Jen delivers transformational change across organisations, in teams and for individuals. Her expertise in aviation and service industries extends to business development, operational and training compliance, and customer service.  Working with global organisations, Jen delivers solutions that are fit for purpose, drive people capability, and improve business performance.  Using her skills in inclusion and collaboration, Jen engages with diverse stakeholders to drive innovative solutions and to help individuals fulfil their potential.    

Our Value

A woman holding a small piece of paper with a quote typed on it

 

  • We help individuals, schools and organisations build their global competence and develop their intercultural understanding

  • We provide individuals with the skills and confidence needed to bridge cultural differences

  • We help institutions build more inclusive environments where individuals feel valued, supported and engaged

  • We support education professionals to maximise the learning outcomes of their international programs.

 Our Acknowledgement

 

Value Learning acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. Value Learning is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.