Celebrating International World Water Day on March 22 Around the World

Posted by Up with People on March 22, 2019

Every year on March 22nd, the world comes together to recognize International World Water Day to create awareness and advocate for Sustainable Development Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.” In 1993, The United Nations General Assembly designated the 22nd of March as the very first World Water Day. The day was originally created to help tackle the water crisis around the world, especially for marginalized groups of people facing discrimination, or continue to be overlooked when it comes to having access to clean water. This year’s theme for the international day

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Up with People Alumni – Where Are They Now? Interview with Ultan Courtney

Posted by Up with People on March 20, 2019

Up with People alumnus Ultan Courtney has worked diligently for over a decade to achieve his dream of working as a motion graphics artist in broadcast television and feature films. We are grateful to know that Up with People was a part of his journey during his time off to travel and grow as an individual. From the hills of Ireland to the Oscar-winning silver screen, learn more about Ultan and how his experience traveling in Up with People impacted his career in this month’s “Where Are They Now?” Where are you originally from? I’m from Dublin in Ireland. When

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Gala 2019 Remarks from Up with People’s President and CEO, Dale Penny

Posted by Up with People on March 6, 2019

The Up with People 2019 Gala was an absolute success. From people’s participation in the paddle raise to an outstanding performance by the Up with People cast, the night was one that we will all remember. Up with People’s President and CEO, Dale Penny, kicked off the gala by sharing his remarks with the audience for those that attended as well as those watching from home on our global live stream. Remarks from Up with People President and CEO, Dale Penny: “I’m aware that we have two audiences here tonight, those who have been involved deeply in the Up with

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Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

Posted by Up with People on February 27, 2019

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights and equality. In places like Berlin, Germany it’s now even celebrated as a public holiday. Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. As the world heads toward International Women’s Day 2019 we offer ways you can celebrate women this year. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter which is meant as a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a

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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

5 Unique Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Posted by Up with People on February 6, 2019

The typical way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the United States includes giving gifts of candies in heart shaped boxes, flowers and perhaps a romantic dinner. Valentine’s Day has been around since the year 496, thought to have originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia that celebrated the beginning of spring. This ancient holiday means many different things around the world so why not ditch the typical celebrations and spice things up this year with some unique ways to show your loved ones you care. Pay It Forward Studies show that couples who volunteer together, stay together. Surprise your loved

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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

Up with People Super Bowl Halftime History

Posted by Up with People on January 23, 2019

This article was originally posted on January 25, 2018. With the big game fast approaching, Up with People takes a look back at our role in the Super Bowl Halftime show. Our organization comes up a lot in conversation this time of year in countless lists, both online and on American television. Including our pregame performance at the 1991 game, Up with People has played five Super Bowls, more than all but five NFL teams! Although we may no longer perform on this stage, we continue to tour the world with a new show and a message that is now

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Giving Thanks Around The World

Posted by Up with People on November 21, 2018

Coming together to give thanks for good friends, family and food are not exclusive to the Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States and Canada. Giving thanks around the world takes on many forms. Check out these amazing festivals that commemorate a great harvest every year! South India: Pongal, the Harvest Festival Pongal is a four day celebration that takes place every January. This festival marks the beginning of the end of the winter season in India. The second day is considered the most important part of the festival and is the day dedicated to worshipping the sun god. Locals toss

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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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