Where Are They Now? Interview with Koen Suidgeest

Posted by Up with People on June 26, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Koen, documentary film maker and photographer

Koen Suidgeest is an alumnus of the Up with People program. Since his time traveling in the program as a cast and staff member, he has gone on to become a successful documentary filmmaker, photographer and now an author with his new book, Why I Cry On Airplanes. We had the chance to ask him a few questions about his time traveling in Up with People and how those experiences have translated into his own personal and professional life now in the Netherlands.  Koen in Malawi Where are you originally from? I am from the Netherlands. Koen in Malawi When

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President & CEO Dale Penny Announces His Retirement

Posted by Up with People on June 25, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

From Dale Penny   To the Up with People Board of Directors, Staff, Cast Members, Alumni, Camper Families, Host Families and Friends, Five years ago I was honored to be asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Up with People. Since then I have had the privilege of working with a passionate and talented staff and a dedicated Board of Directors. After much consideration I will be retiring from this position effective January 1, 2020 or until a successor is selected. This has not been an easy decision to make. Over the past 48 years I have

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Top 5 Summer Vacation Spots Around the World

Posted by Up with People on June 21, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Garden of the Gods in Colorado

Summer is finally here! In Colorado, where the Up with People World Headquarters are located, the weather has been warming up and the mountain snow has slowly melted away bringing more hikers and bikers to the outdoor scene. It also means that it’s time to start taking advantage of your summer vacation! School is out and all of your saved up vacation days can finally be put to use. Maybe you’ve just graduated from high school or you’re taking a break from college and want to travel. Whatever your reasons, we’re here to help. Here are the top five summer

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Lessons We Learn From Our Fathers

Posted by Up with People on June 14, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Celebrating father's day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. What lessons have we learned from our fathers? Father’s Day in the United States is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June. This year, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 16, 2019. This is also consistent with the U.K. and Canada. However, many other countries around the world celebrate their fathers in various months throughout the year. In honor of Father’s Day here in the U.S., a few Up with People staff members wanted to share some lessons that they have learned from the father-figures in their lives, whether they are

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Just One Thing: A Message from Dale Penny

Posted by Up with People on May 29, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Dale Penny speaking to the cast of Up with People in Mexico

Scene from the movie “City Slickers” Curly:   Do you know what the secret of life is?                                                                                             Mitch: No, what? Curly:   Holds up one finger) This. Mitch:  Your finger? Curly:   One thing. Just one thing. Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?                                                                            Curly:   (smiles)  That’s what you have to find out.      In the 1991 movie starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance, the grizzled cowhand advises the young city slicker to find his most important thing in life. I’ve been thinking about that recently as I look at the most important issues in the world right now. If

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1-4-3 Day: A Day of Good Deeds and Love

Posted by Up with People on May 22, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People cast volunteer abroad in Europe

“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” – Fred Rogers In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, kindness and compassion have resonated through his television show to millions of public viewers around the United States. For those of you that have never heard of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it was a half-hour educational television series for children hosted by Fred Rogers. He discussed various issues through music, crafts and puppets to help young children learn about self-love and acceptance at an

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World Day for Cultural Diversity

Posted by Up with People on May 17, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People young adults volunteering in Europe

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a internationally recognized holiday created by the United Nations. In November of 2001, The United Nations General Assembly decided that this day would be recognized every year on May 21. The day is meant to promote education and awareness surrounding major global issues. What is Day for Cultural Diversity? Also known as Diversity Day, this day was created to help communities all around the world understand the current issues surrounding the cultural divide in our world. It is also a day to educate others on the value of cultural diversity

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Where Are They Now? Interview with Alumna Jill Teas

Posted by Up with People on May 15, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Up with People Alumni all over the world are taking their experiences in the program and applying them to their personal and professional lives. Just like Jill Teas, the co-founder and musical director of Voices Rock, Denver’s original adult rock choir. We had the chance to talk to Jill about her time traveling on tour and how it has impacted her life, in more ways than one. Where are you originally from? “I am originally from Lewiston, Idaho.” When did you travel in Up with People? What was your role? “I traveled in Up with People as a cast member in

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5 Heartwarming Celebrations for Mother’s Day Around the World

Posted by Up with People on May 8, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Cast members in Up with People with their host family

Mother’s Day in the United States is just around the corner, but how do other countries around the world celebrate the wonderful women in our lives each year? “He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   Grace, a current cast member in Up with People, with her host mom. Mother’s Day is coming up fast in the United States. Every year, this national holiday is celebrated by sons, daughters, husbands and wives to express their love and appreciation for the women who

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What Exactly Is Cinco de Mayo and How Is It Celebrated?

Posted by Up with People on May 1, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Cinco de Mayo traditions in Mexico

The cast of Up with People had so much to celebrate during Easter week in Mexico, but left for Europe just before another fun and exciting holiday, Cinco de Mayo! Here’s a question for you: Do you know why people celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Many people mistaken this day for being Mexico’s Independence Day. The real Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 when the independence movement started in 1810. May 5 actually commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 which is 41 years after the country’s independence. What is the Battle of

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