11 Scholarships To Fund Your Study Abroad or Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on July 12, 2018

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

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

10 Easy Travel Hacks To Make You A Better Traveler

Posted by Up with People on May 31, 2018

While travel is one of our favorite things we recognize that sometimes trips could go just a little more smoothly. These simple travel hacks can save you time, money, and at times your sense of sanity. So before heading out on your next great adventure be sure to use a few of these pro travel hacks! Use a Sunglasses Case For Power Cords The more helpful electronic devices we pack the more of a pain tangled power cords can be. There is a very simple solution! Pack an extra sunglasses case to store those power cords. This offers a lightweight …

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

Taking A Break From Traditional Education

Posted by Up with People on May 24, 2018

Attending university for many students seems like a default life decision and sometimes not even a choice at all. When school doesn’t seem to fit, some simply decide to go to college even though they may need a break from traditional education. 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 recently said, “Taking a year to see the world before I went out into it was the best …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Tips For Raising A Global Child

Posted by Up with People on May 14, 2018

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of information out there about good parenting. At the end of the day we simply want what’s best for our kids. As our children prepare for college, and enter the workforce it’s easy to overlook soft skills that are critical to cross-cultural competence and communication. Developing a global mindset is extremely important in today’s interconnected and globalized economies. But how do we raise a global child? How do we prepare our kids to be ready for the real world we live in? In the spirit of Mother’s Day we asked the parents …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Why Travel Is Good For You

Posted by Up with People on April 26, 2018

Many of us spend our days between trips planning and daydreaming about the next great adventure. We look at pictures of interesting places online and wonder what great fun awaits us in faraway lands. But did you know that like vitamins, travel can actually be good for us? Up with People participants (who at the time of this writing are in the middle of an amazing week in Canún, Mexico) know this to be true. Anybody who has traveled outside his or her comfort zone can attest to the excitement that comes from being in a new environment. As research …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

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