5 Steps to Planning Your Gap Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on March 8, 2019

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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Up with People Alumni – Where Are They Now? Interview with Celiana Dolovitz

Posted by Up with People on February 20, 2019

Taking time to travel and experience a semester or gap year on the road can be scary. For over 50 years young people from across the globe have taken that leap. Up with People now has over 22,000 alumni scattered around the world. The benefits of this formative time are many and blend together across multiple areas including soft skills that are in demand in the worldwide job market. In our new ongoing blog series, we interviewed Up with People Alumna Celiana Dolovitz to gain insight about what she gained from her time on the road and where she is

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Insider, Volunteering Abroad

Up with People Alumni – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Up with People on January 30, 2019

Taking time to travel and experience a semester or gap year on the road can be scary. For over 50 years young people from across the globe have taken that leap. Up with People now has over 22,000 alumni scattered around the world. The benefits of this formative time are many and blend together across multiple areas including soft skills that are in demand in the worldwide job market. In the first of a new ongoing blog series, we interviewed Up with People Alumnus Joris Van Doorslaer to gain insight about what he gained from his time on the road

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

Printable Year Abroad Travel Packing Checklist

Posted by Up with People on January 9, 2019

Packing for a semester or year abroad can be challenging. Especially when you have that gut feeling that you must be forgetting something! That’s why we’ve put together a handy printable checklist of the items you will need for your journey. This list includes many items that are obvious, but also some things you might not think of. When it comes to packing, especially for a world tour with Up with People where you travel to a new city every week, less is more. We recommend taking only one checked bag and a backpack or duffel bag for daily use

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad

Seasoned Travel Pros Explain How To Actually Beat Jet Lag

Posted by Up with People on January 4, 2019

In a few weeks the new group of Up with People participants will arrive in Denver, Colorado to begin their adventure. They are coming from all over the world and will jump right into their gap year and study abroad adventures when they arrive. This means no time for jet lag! Symptoms of jet lag include extreme tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, headache and irritability. The amount of time it takes to recover from jet lag usually depends on the number of time zones one has crossed, but fear not! There are things you can do to avoid jet lag altogether. We

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

New Year’s Resolutions From Around The World

Posted by Up with People on December 26, 2018

A new year is just around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are top of mind for many. Even though statistics tell us that most people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, we can at least reflect on what went well (or not so well) this past year and set goals for what’s next. Making resolutions is a popular practice around the globe. Here are some of the most popular ideas to make your 2019 the best year yet! Learn a New Language The top 3 countries that see the largest spike in online searches for learning a new

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Unique Holiday Celebrations Around The World

Posted by Up with People on December 19, 2018

Decorating trees, exchanging gifts and stringing up holiday lights are all ways many celebrate the holiday season, but there are many other lesser known traditions around the world. No matter where you travel during December and January there’s likely to be some sort of celebration that makes being away from home a little sweeter! So, take a break from school or work and experience some international traditions! Hogmanay – Scotland The skies light up with fireworks to mark the end of the year in Scotland during Hogmany. During this time, Scottish people practice something called “first-footing” where the first person

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Topics: "On The Road", Gap Year Abroad

What My Gap Year Was Really Like. Real Stories From Abroad.

Posted by Up with People Gap Year on December 12, 2018

Leaving friends and family to set off on a gap year can take a tremendous amount of courage. Is it worth all of the planning and effort? What’s the experience really like? As Up with People’s semester wraps up in Denmark this week, we thought it would be a great idea to ask those who have just completed a gap year with Up with People what the experience is really like. Who better to explain what a gap year is really like than those who have gone before you! Rodrigo from Mexico What was your gap year experience like? “We

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Thinking About Taking A Semester Off?

Posted by Up with People on December 5, 2018

For those thinking about taking a semester off from school the decision can be difficult and unconventional. More and more, students and parents are recognizing the value in taking a break and exploring other forms of education that will provide skills for the real world. Take Josh, a member of Up with People’s Cast A 2018, who said, “Taking a year to see the world before I went out into it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish every young adult who’s still searching for their passion could have the opportunity to travel and find what empowers them

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LinkedIn Says Companies Seeking Employees With Soft Skills

Posted by Up with People on November 14, 2018

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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