Alumni FAQ

How long is an Up with People tour?

In order to meet the varying needs of our international cast members, Up with People currently offers both a one semester and two semester tour option. Cast members returning for a second semester will have expanding learning and leadership opportunities within the cast.

Why am I not receiving the Up with People newsletters or other email and postal updates?

We want to stay in touch with you! Your information within our alumni database may be incorrect. Please send us your most updated contact information by using the Contact Us form on the website, or send an email directly to our Database Coordinator Laura Motooka at

The UWPIAA and Up with People alumni databases are currently separate but we are collaborating to exchange information on a regular basis to ensure both organizations have correct Alumni details and plan on developing one database. For now, we recommend contacting either organization to update your contact information when it changes.

Who is the main contact for alumni in the Up with People Office?

Alumni are welcome to contact any member of the UWP team at any time. Tim Lane is the VP for Alumni Engagment and has primary responsibility for Alumni Relations activity and communications. To update your contact information, use the Contact Us form on this site or email Tim at or Laura Motooka at For questions about Up with People Admissions, contact Beyah Rasool at

When are the Up with People Reunions and who is responsible for organizing the Reunion events?

Reunions typically take place in July or August of each year. Reunions are organized and hosted by the UWPIAA and a fantastic group of alumni volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the reunion experience is great for all who attend. Our Up with People staff plays a significant role in every reunion, responsible for select events, providing production support and supporting the UWPIAA team when needed. For more information on the reunion events, click here.

Are there special scholarships available for children of alumni to travel with Up with People?

In addition, UWPIAA supports the participation of relatives of alumni in the Up with People program by awarding scholarship money towards the first semester tuition for a legacy student. A legacy student is defined as someone who is a brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, daughter, son, step-brother or step-son, cousin, niece or nephew, granddaughter, grandson, step-granddaughter or step-grandson of an alumnus/a!
Details about this scholarship can be found here.

Is the Up with People Alumni Association part of Up with People?

While the UWPIAA is an independent nonprofit organization with a separate but compatible mission than that of Up with People, the two organizations partner closely together to support our missions. UWPIAA’s primary focus is to serve alumni. Up with People’s primary focus is the delivery of its global education experience. To help support our partnership, an UWPIAA Board of Governors member serves on Up with People’s board of directors, and vice versa. To learn more about the UWPIAA here.

I’m looking for someone I traveled with? How can I find other alumni?

The best way to start is by using the Search Alumni function on the UWPIAA website. You can also contact your Cast Representative or Era Rep for assistance. If you don’t know who currently holds these roles, see the Board of Governors page on the UWPIAA website for further help.
At Up with People, please submit your request on the Contact Us form and it will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

I haven’t seen an Up with People show in years. Why don’t you come to my city/state/country anymore?

We’ve missed you! Come see us on tour! We love having our alumni in the audience. Even better, as host families, sponsors or volunteering alongside our current cast members. To see where Up with People will be traveling over the next few months, check out our Tour Schedule.

We regularly tour within the USA, Mexico and Europe but are always open to exploring tour opportunities in every part of the world. Our alumni play a huge role in creating opportunities for tour sponsorships. If you are interested in working with Up with People to bring a student group to your city, simply complete and submit the information on the Contact Us form and it will be directed to the appropriate staff member.