J R Media Group, LLC
Ottawa, IL 61350
Travel Options
Antarctica, South Pacific, Alaska Wilderness, Jr. Iditarod, Mongolia, China, Siberia, Russia, Hawaii, New Zealand & Australia, Survivor Island and Life aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway

To Schedule a Travelogue

Take advantage of this fun and unique learning resource. Not just for kids. Be inspired! Visit the web site/Follow her on Twitter/Purchase books and study guides/ Hire Jeanne to speak.

In my travelogues I conduct for children, teens, and adults, I talk about my travels to distant lands, where I meet fascinating people and explore other cultures. Accomplished by daring to believe it was possible.


(Phone to inquire regarding Inspirational Speaking Events)


In order to engage my audience fully, I use multi-media, interactive techniques, beginning with my children’s book series: Grandma Goes to…. These stories were written for children, educational for all ages, and an inspirational read for the whole family. They are visually stunning with 38 pages of color photographs. My books meet Federally Mandated Common Core Reading Standards for informational text; Kindergarten through 12th grade.


In my presentations I:


  • Utilize Q & A and discussion to promote audience interaction
  • Integrate technology (photo, video) to offer a varied learning experience
  • Introduce new vocabulary      
  • Compliment teachers’ curriculum for science, history, geography, life lessons
  • Make connections between text of story & visual & oral presentation
  • Engage kinesthetic learning with authentic artifacts and props 
  • Provide the opportunity to purchase autographed books directly from author


Please phone-(808) 987-4473 (CST) or e-mail

In her TRAVELOGUES she conducts for children, teens, and adults, Jeanne talks about her unusual life journey traveling to distant lands, meeting fascinating people and exploring other cultures. (suitable for all ages- 5-105). Not just for kids. Be inspired!

Travel options include:
Antarctica, South Pacific, Alaska Wilderness, Jr. Iditarod, Hawaii, China, Mongolia, Siberia, Russia, New Zealand & Australia; The Trans-Siberian Railway + Unique Travel Tips; Survivor Island


Jeanne Roppolo is a Chicago-born grandmother, who traveled 22,000 miles to clean floors in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. When asked, “WHY?” she went to the coldest, driest, windiest, and most barren place on earth; Jeanne always responds, “Why not?”This is the true story of a 57-year-old grandmother who was stationed in Antarctica for five months as a contract worker for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Experience life at the bottom of the world from the comfort and safety of your own home. Tag along with Grandma on her extreme excursions. Partner with the scientists and support personnel at McMurdo Station, the largest research station on the continent of Antarctica.

The grandmother who worked in Antarctica reminisces about her time spent in French Polynesia on a remote private island. Population of four. Voyage to the scarcely populated, tropical archipelagos located in the remote South Pacific Ocean: Hao, Kamaka, Moorea, Tahiti, and Mangareva. The next closest, large, inhabited patch of land is Pitcairn, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame. Go island-hopping with Grandma on another one of her true-life extreme adventures. Experience the island lifestyles of French Polynesia, visit a pearl
farm, swim with sharks and lie on your exclusive beach at sunset.

The grandmother who worked in Antarctica & roughed it on a small remote island in the South Pacific learns necessary back-to-nature survival skills in America’s last frontier-the Alaskan Wilderness, 45 miles from the nearest road. Wander into the wilderness of Alaska, learn necessary survival skills, appreciate and preserve the indigenous history and culture, enjoy the company of free spirits who call this state home.

Almost everyone has heard of The Iditarod, Alaska’s grueling sled dog endurance race, but only a few are aware of the Jr. Iditarod, the first long-distance race for juvenile mushers (age 14-17). The author of the “Grandma Goes to…” book series reveals the story behind this unique race. Race to the finish line with teenage mushers and their sled dogs.

Grandma Goes to Hawaii and stays for 14 years. Relocate to the Big Island of Hawaii with Grandma Jeanne and her family. Live life as a local.

Grandma Jeanne, after spending five months working in Antarctica, meanders back home. From McMurdo Station, she visits the Land of the Kiwis before traveling to the world’s smallest continent and largest island. Jump out of your comfort zone while enjoying the beauty of New Zealand & Australia. Enjoy the vibrant scenery, visit museums, learn of Maori culture, experience thrills at the Adventure Capital of the world, and attend a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Discover the ultimate in train travel! Accompany Jeanne Roppolo, raconteur and photo journalist on a grand Road Scholar adventure as she rides the rails 5,000 miles through China, Mongolia, Siberia, and Russia. View new photos not previously seen in my Travelogues. Discover interesting cultural facts. Acquire travel tips for journeys near & far. Experience daily life aboard this famous railway. + Travel tips.

Grandma Jeanne embarks on the first leg of a 5,800 mile journey aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway. Experience the ancient history and culture of one of the oldest civilizations on earth. Walk the Great Wall of China. Visit a local family in a hutong. Enter the Forbidden City.

Ride past the Gobi Desert to the steppes of Mongolia. Witness traditional wrestling, archery, and horsemanship at the Terelj National Park. Visit with a nomadic family. Take in the epic grandeur of theater in UlaanBataar. Pray at Buddhist temples and Shaman shrines.

Picnic on the shores of Lake Baikal. Dive into the oldest body of fresh water on earth. Experience the high culture of forgotten exiles. Enjoy dinner at a dacha (summer home).

Visit Red Square, view religious icons, dine in ethnic restaurants, tour the underground metro, witness the extravagance of bygone days in the Kremlin’s Armory Museum, have a conversation with a cosmonaut from the International Space Station.

Go on an adventure with Grandma Jeanne as she competes for a slot on the TV show SURVIVOR. Learn life lessons along the way. 

Cancellation policy: We will happily refund your deposit, less
a $25 booking fee, for cancellations made 30 days prior to your date.
Photo by Joseph P. Meier/Sun-Times Media

…Incredible! Amazing! Stupendous! Good Job!      ~Tyler/6th grade

 …thank you for taking your time to come and teach us about writing books. I love to read and enjoy books. ~Danys

…thank you for taking a day off to tell us about your job. It was very fascinating that you’re an author speaker.

Grandma was a great speaker. She had a wealth of knowledge, pictures, and props to share. I enjoyed the presentation myself! Very interesting! Thanks for arranging it!

~Stephanie/teacher/Horizon Science Academy/Chicago, IL

Ms. Roppolo’s visit to our school was highly educational and entertaining. Her unique experiences, photographs and stories coupled with great enthusiasm kept our students engaged throughout. As a teacher, I am both inspired and encouraged with her personal philosophy of “Why not?” What a great message to spread to the youth of today.

~Drewe Davey/5th grade teacher/North Grove Elementary: Sycamore, IL

I think that you will find Grandma Roppolo vibrant and engaging and living proof that you are never too old to go off on an adventure!

~Jeff Gerard/principal/Arbury Hills School: Mokena, IL

Grandma socially and emotionally connected with the students while also tying into our Core Curriculum. Students were being engaged visually, creating a thought provoking educational experience.

~Dina Sweet/5th grade teacher/Lincoln Elementary: DeKalb, IL

Jeanne Roppolo’s visit to North Grove was excellent! She is a charismatic presenter and shares her enthusiasm with the audience. The students loved the presentation and actively asked questions so they could learn more about ‘Grandma’s’ adventures. It was a fantastic experience!

~Megan Zamora/teacher/North Grove Elementary: Sycamore, IL

Author Jeanne Roppolo shared pictures, videos and interesting and funny stories. She faced her fears. It was really fun. We enjoyed learning.

~Caleb, Pierce & Tom/4th graders who wrote in the school newsletter

Wow! Thank you so much for coming to our school! We really enjoyed your interesting, fun stories and seeing all the great videos and pictures!

~Allysa Holder/4th grade teacher/Sycamore, IL

Thank you for coming to speak with the children about your adventures. The children found your information to be interesting and inspiring.  We all really enjoyed hearing your adventures.  Thank you again.  Sincerely,

~Mrs. Linda Delegatto/teacher/ Mokena, IL

 …thanks for coming! I can’t believe you actually used a snow machine to climb an active volcano. I wish I could go in a tube and look into the ocean ,that would be awesome.

~Adam/3rd grade

 …your presentation was great! I loved when you showed me the book. The part where you split your eye was sad. I was sorry about it.

You enspired me to become an artist when I grow up.~Your fan, Tung

 …we thought it was really cool how you faced your fears and went into the tube under the ice.

…you’re a great host! …sorry for your eye…see you on earth day! ~Maddie/3rd grade

 …you are amasing Grandma Roppolo. ~Nadeen/3rd grader

 …we loved that Grandma was brave when she had to go up an active volcano her first time on a snowmobile in a white out.

…like you one day I will be a explorer like you…Love Kenyhatta

 …dear, Miss Jeanne Thank you for coming to share your adventure but why? Would you go to the coldest place on earth when you live in Hawaii! ‘Devyn

 …thak you. We haed fun. You are the best x Roppolo ever. Can we see you agen. I felt we were in Antarctica.

…thank you Ganma. It was a blast. I love you. You are the best.~Sam

I loved halping you. It has enspired me and my brother to go on advenchers and wright are own books about them. ~Danerise