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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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

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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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

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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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider

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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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

5 Benefits Of Staying With Host Families While Traveling

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

While Up with People program participants travel the world they stay not in hotels, dorm rooms, or hostels but with local host families. This can be one of the most rewarding benefits of the travel experience because it instantly gets the traveler that much closer to the local culture. Living with a host family is an adventure within an adventure and an experience that many never forget. What are the benefits of staying with a host family? We’re so glad you asked. You Get To Live Like A Local Learn what locals like to do, where they like to go

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

When Is The Best Time For A Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on September 13, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

A gap year – between high school and university, or perhaps as a semester off during college – has been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – it gives you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do during major life transitions. A gap year refers to taking time off to travel, volunteer or even work. But when is the best time in life to take a gap year? While it’s true participants in Up with People’s gap year program are often between high school and

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Back To School – The Value Of Experiential Education

Posted by Up with People on August 30, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

As many head back to school and summer winds down we can’t help but think about the value of experiential education. Experiential education can be defined as a type of education in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience outside of the classroom and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, clarify personal values and develop one’s own capacity to contribute to their communities. More simply put; learning by doing. Experiential education is at the core of Up with People’s on the road education curriculum because we believe it’s incredibly important in today’s world. While experiential education should

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Language Learning And Travel

Posted by Up with People on July 20, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Each semester participants of Up with People’s program meet for the first time in Denver, CO. These young people represent over 20 countries and come from places like Japan, China, Sweden, Mexico and the United States. Many of these travelers have spent years practicing their English speaking skills and come to Up with People to practice those skills in the real world for the first time. Many second language learners will tell you that the only way to truly learn a language is to travel and speak with people in the real world. This forces you out of your comfort

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

11 Scholarships To Fund Your Study Abroad or Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on July 12, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

So, you’ve landed an exciting opportunity to study abroad or are planning a gap year, but you’re not sure how to pay for it. Don’t panic. A life-changing opportunity to explore and discover the world is probably worth a little extra effort, don’t you think? The keys are staying organized and applying for scholarships early and often. Here are some amazing scholarships available to help fund your adventure. Most of the time, the hardest part is simply getting started! Anna Ftorek Memorial Scholarship Fund  Award – Varies Available exclusively to participants of Up with People’s program, preference shall be given

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

How Countries Celebrate Independence Day Around The World

Posted by Up with People on June 28, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Throughout the world, countries celebrate their independence through national holidays and other cultural celebrations. From fireworks in the United States to flying kites in India, let’s take a look at how independence day is celebrated around the world. Bolivia – August 6th Bolivia throws a two-day party packed with marches, gun salutes, fireworks, music, parades and carnivals. The main event of the celebrations are the military parades on August 6th. The day is a national holiday of Bolivia locally known as Dia de la Patria. The celebrations continue for a full day especially in  the capital city of Bolivia ‘La

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad