Life After High School: 5 Alternatives to Traditional University for My Teen

Posted by Up with People on October 31, 2017

Not everyone is ready to go to university right after high school…and that’s okay. In fact, taking a gap year before committing time and funds to higher education is becoming more and more common. While there are no exact numbers on how many young adults are opting for a gap year, the Gap Year Association says that interest and enrollment in gap year programs is growing substantially and they have seen gap year fair attendance increase by 294 percent since 2010. Just ask Malia Obama, daughter of Barack Obama, President Emeritus of the United States, who spent her gap yearvolunteering and visiting …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on October 25, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to go after one of the best educational opportunities around today – the Gap Year. Gap Years, especially between high school and university, have been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – they give you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do before completing your formal education. As a matter of fact, many of the world’s top universities are promoting Gap Years as an important piece of a young adult’s educational experience, and some are even offering scholarships! Stepping out …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

What Makes Up with People Different from Other Gap Year Programs?

Posted by Up with People on November 28, 2017

Every day is full during an Up with People tour — full of travel, volunteer activities, and cultural experiences. It is an opportunity unlike any other. Twice per year, each fall and spring, young adults age 17-29 from a variety of backgrounds have the opportunity to travel the globe with our organization, bring positive change to the world and encourage others to do the same. But what makes Up with People unique? Let’s explore and breakdown how service, culture, and performance are just a glimpse of what makes Up with People different from other gap year programs. LAYERING OF CULTURES …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Culture Shock: 9 Tips for Immersing Yourself in a New Culture

Posted by Up with People on September 6, 2017

If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Mexico… Germany…the United States… South Africa? Traveling anywhere is fun, but for many of us, the farther away the better. Unfamiliar locations mean exciting experiences, and a chance to push our boundaries. Why do you think people love overseas gap year and study abroad programs? They have so many ways to help you experience new things: new countries, new cultures, new foods, new…well, just about everything. You will most likely have a few awkward moments and uncomfortable experiences along the way, because that’s a part of immersing …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

The Life-Changing Benefits of Spending a Gap Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on June 29, 2017

“I was fresh out of college and floundering to find a job that I felt passionate about,” said Up with People alumni Dave Stockwell on his motivations for taking a gap year. “My world seemed small and I knew there was so much more to see and learn.”  Like Dave, there will be many times throughout your life where you need to make a decision today about what’s best for you tomorrow.  It can be scary and at the same time, exhilarating! If we were all armed with a crystal ball, we’d nail it every time! Unfortunately, that’s not the …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

What Do These Successful People Have In Common?

Posted by Up with People on February 22, 2018

Rarely is the personal path to success a linear one. Humans are born to try things, to discover, to fail and to try again. We find ourselves looking at the successes of others and wondering not only how they did it, but how we can copy what they did to achieve our own version of success. Through over 50 years of helping young people change both the world and themselves we have seen the power of a gap year and of travel as a launching pad for success. “My year abroad brought clarity and purpose to my life in a professional sense. …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider

How To Run A Successful Online Fundraiser

Posted by Up with People on February 1, 2018

Since 1965 over 22,000 young people have circled the globe with Up with People. As a non-profit and as a program that helps hundreds of our participants fundraise each year we understand a thing or two about fundraising. Whether you are raising funds for a good cause or to travel the world, crowdfunding online can be both necessary and challenging. Crowdfunding is defined as, “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.” Where does one begin? In this post we explore the many options available online …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

How A Gap Year Can Prepare You For University

Posted by Up with People Gap Year on January 3, 2018

More and more young people around the world are choosing to take a gap year before entering university and for good reason. Top universities like Harvard now even encourage newly admitted students to “defer enrollment for one one year to travel, pursue a special project or activity, work, or spend time in another meaningful way … Perhaps the best way of all to get the full benefit of a “time-off” is to postpone entrance to college for a year. For nearly 40 years, Harvard has recommended this option, indeed proposing it in a letter of admission. Normally a total of about 80 …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Unique Gift Ideas For Aspiring Young Travelers

Posted by Up with People on March 7, 2017

The United Nations estimates that 20 percent of all international travelers, over 200 million people, are under the age of 30. Travel is the new most wanted gift under the tree. With millions of high school and college grads considering a gap year and over 300,000 American students planning to study abroad next year, it’s easy to see why anything related to travel will turn you into a gift-giving champion. As this new wave of young people prepares for a much-anticipated adventure abroad and gift-giving season in full swing, consider the following list for that travel aspiring person on your list. Whether that gift is …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad