Ways To Keep in Touch While Traveling Abroad

Posted by Up with People on June 28, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Group of study abroad students laughing

Making the decision to travel abroad for a year is one of the most exciting choices in your life. However, as you travel, you may begin to lose touch with the people back home that matter most to you. But don’t worry! We’re here with some tips on how to keep in contact while traveling abroad so that you can stay in touch with your friends and family. This information will also make your parents feel more at ease, knowing that they can communicate with you regularly throughout your journey. Choose the right cell phone and plan Your mobile device

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The Power of Travel: Creating Global Citizens

Posted by Up with People on June 19, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People dance captain on boys shoulders posing for picture in Mexico

You hear people say all the time, “I love to travel.” Unfortunately, a large majority of American citizens don’t travel far outside of their country or even their state. With an average of ten days of paid time off each year for U.S. workers, it doesn’t allow for individuals to expand their horizons and explore new cultures. In contrast, every country in Europe is required by law to offer at least four weeks of paid time off to their employees. It is also customary for students in European countries to take a gap year before heading off to university to

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How To Talk To Your Parents About Taking A Semester Off

Posted by Up with People on June 12, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Gap year students taking a selfie

For most young people, there are a series of steps you follow throughout your educational career. Middle school leads to high school, high school leads to college or vocational school and so on. But what if you have something different in mind? What if you want to take a semester off to travel or participate in a study abroad program? What if you want to gain life experience through traveling, volunteering, or participating in cultural exchange before continuing on with your formal education? A gap year or even a semester off from college is a great way to do that.

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Cast of Up with People Wraps Up Spring, 2019 Tour

Posted by Up with People on June 7, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Cast of Up with People saying goodbye at the end of their gap year program

It has been an exciting time for the cast of Up with People. From Denver, Colorado in the United States, all the way to Skive, Denmark, this group of over 100 young adults from around the world have helped spread the mission of Up with People to several communities throughout North America and Europe. How Up with People Has Impacted the World As we wrap up their Spring, 2019 tour, we wanted to share with all of you what our cast has accomplished in these last few months. Shows Performed: 34 Volunteer Sites: 132 Volunteer Hours: 7,476 Host Families: 582

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Up with People Guest Post: Liam from Pennsylvania

Posted by Up with People on June 5, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Liam from Pennsylvania travels in Up with People

Liam is a year long cast member in Up with People. As he wraps up his semester traveling and volunteering around the world, he graciously shared his experience of his time volunteering in a juvenile detention center in Mexico.   “The air was stale and heavy, like chewing overcooked chicken; it took all the moisture out of my body. The sun scorched the arid dirt in San Luis Potosi. We pulled up to the looming gray gates where two armed guards met the van. Our driver and the guard spoke in Spanish, but there was an ever slight hesitation and

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22 Scholarships & Grants for Your Semester Off from College

Posted by Up with People on May 31, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Group of young women in the cast of Up with People

Taking a semester off to travel, volunteer and perform in Up with People is an extremely exciting time in a person’s life. Getting ready to hop on a plane to a new destination where you will impact people from different countries all over the world is priceless. However, any gap year program will come at a cost. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for financial aid, grants and scholarships to help pay for your travels. We recently shared a post for parents who are looking to help save money on our study abroad program through tax

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Travel Abroad in Up with People – Now Accepting Applications!

Posted by Up with People on April 19, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

From hiking the mountains of Colorado to eating the delicious chocolate in Belgium, the cast of Up with People is making their way throughout the world working hard to keep hope alive. The cast has met many amazing people and has volunteered hundreds of hours along the way. It’s hard to believe that the tour is almost halfway over! It doesn’t stop there. Up with People tours twice a year throughout different parts of the world, and we’re excited to share with all of you that we are now accepting applications! If you are interested in taking a semester off

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5 Steps to Planning Your Gap Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on March 8, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] up with people 5 steps to planning travel abroad

Experiencing a gap year is more than just taking a few months off to travel. Sure, that can be a great benefit of a gap year, but it isn’t the whole story. We’ve decided to help you out just like we have helped thousands of other youths around the world with five steps to start planning your ultimate gap year abroad. What do you want to get out of your gap year? This is the most crucial part of planning your time off from school or work. Each person’s answer will be different. Some people want to volunteer in other

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LinkedIn Says Companies Seeking Employees With Soft Skills

Posted by Up with People on November 14, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

According to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner the biggest skills gap isn’t what you might think. During the age of coding boot camps and a growing number of ways for technology to remove human interaction from the equation, it turns out the biggest skills gap has nothing to do with technology. In a recent article Jeff Weiner, who heads the world’s largest professional-networking site LinkedIn, explained, “the biggest skills gap in the United States is soft skills.” What most employers want, Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. These skills are increasingly hard to find in a

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An Original Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on October 18, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

The idea of the “gap year” has been around since the 1960’s. Originating as a time for young people to travel independently, it has grown to serve different purposes over the years. Certainly, travel remains a large aspect of a gap year, but many people also work to incorporate ways to give back, as well as to learn and grow personally. Since 1965 Up with People has been providing all of those elements and more, as one of the original gap year programs. Gap years have several roots; ranging from backpacking individuals staying in hostels, to government sponsored service in

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