2019 Young Travelling Scholars Have Been Chosen

Winners for the Young Travelling Scholarship 2019 have been announced! After receiving applications from all over the world, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) awarded seven young and motivated travellers/teams to discover World Heritage Cities. They will share their experience on social media, write on the OWHC's travel blog, and create their individual outputs to keep us all posted.

We are excited to learn that two of the young traveler teams come from Philadelphia!

Gaby and Ellie

Gaby and Ellie are two rising third-years at The University of Pennsylvania. Gaby is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia and is studying Architecture, while Ellie is from Beijing, China and studies Art History. They first met in an Architectural Art History class (fittingly) and quickly bonded over common interests of design and travel. Together, they travelled across Spain to visit Gaudi’s masterpieces and eat (way too much) good food. You can keep up to date with their adventures through their joint travel Instagram account at @press_to_escape ! In the mean time, here’s a picture of the two of them in Plaza Mayor, Madrid, featuring the wrong side of a statue.

Social Media, Instagram: @rr_chi and @gablynn22

Our travel account: @press_to_escape


Pavlína Cerna

My name is Pavlína and I am a 26 years old journalism student, living in Philadelphia. Born in the Czech Republic and moving to the U.S. at the age of 20, I experienced a cultural shock at first, and I fell in love with the feeling – with getting to know local people, getting lost in new cities, trying unknown food and learning everything there is to learn about different cultures. Most importantly – I love experiencing it over and over again. I applied for the OWHC Young Travelling scholarship because the opportunity has been love on first read. Not only I get to do what I love – to travel, but I also get to write about it, which for me, as an aspiring journalist, is a priceless experience. I am excited beyond words for the adventures within reach.

Social Media, Instagram: GrumpyCzech (travel account) and PavlinaCZ (personal account)

Portfolio website: https://pavlinacerna.wordpress.com



Click here to learn more about all of the young traveler teams. 

The travel period will be from August to October 2019. Stay tuned for more to come!