My Host Family Experience in Up with People

Posted by Up with People on September 4, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] host family while traveling abroad

In 1987, 22-year-old Rich Calabrese traveled as a cast member in Up with People. During his time on the road, he stayed with a host family in Hamme, Belgium during their European tour. This is where he met the VanHoof family who was once his host family and has now become a part of his life-long, chosen ‘family.’ We wanted to find out about his experience staying with his host family, and how he still manages to keep in touch with them after all of these years. What was your initial meeting experience like with your host family? “Very pleasant.

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5 Fundraising Ideas on a Budget

Posted by Up with People on August 30, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Gap year students in performing arts

In the words of John Denver, “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.” With all of the excitement for starting your gap year traveling abroad, there may be a part missing within the big picture. How will you afford to travel? While there are  many scholarship and grant opportunities available, they  may not cover your entire cost as well as some of your day-to-day expenses. Instead of spending a ton of money on fundraising, here are some inexpensive and budget-friendly ideas to help you raise the money you need to fund your semester off from college. 1. Peer-to-Peer

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Part 1: A Year Abroad with Ivy

Posted by Up with People on August 21, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Study abroad student smiling in Europe

What’s it like to be a traveler in Up with People? Ivy from Texas gave a testimonial about her gap year traveling in Up with People. As a participant in the Study Abroad program, Ivy talks about not only the knowledge she gained from her teacher, but also about the personal growth she experienced during her time abroad. Ivy from Texas   As a traveler, what was the reason behind choosing Up with People as your Study Abroad program? “I grew up hearing about Up with People from some of my cousins who are alumni of the program. It instantly

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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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