Meet the Cast Monday: Merel from the Netherlands

Posted by Up with People on February 10, 2020

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On this week’s Meet the Cast Monday, get to know Merel, a second semester traveler in the Up with People gap year from from the Netherlands! What are some of your hobbies back home? “My biggest hobby is dance. Besides dancing, I love to write and make videos, but I enjoy spending time with my friends the most.” What are you most excited for this semester? “I am most excited to travel again. I can’t wait to meet new people, get to know more cultures, and to make new connections. I am also very excited to impact each new community …

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Meet the Cast: Marie from Norway

Posted by Up with People on February 3, 2020

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This week on Meet the Cast Monday, we would like for you to meet Marie Sandnes, a second semester traveler in the Up with People program from Bergen, Norway! What was arrival day like for you? “My arrival day was exciting! I had a very long travel day so I didn’t get the opportunity to meet too many people.” What are some of your hobbies back at home? “I play handball, which is a mix of soccer and basketball. I have played for nine years. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family.” What are you most excited for …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Luke from South Dakota

Posted by Up with People on January 27, 2020

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Meet the Cast Monday: Meet Luke from South Dakota, United States. Luke traveled in Up with People for his first time last semester. Now, he has come back as the Dance Captain for Up with People for the upcoming tour! Learn more about Luke and what his experience has been like so far! What is your role in Up with People? “I am a Dance Captain for Up with People. My job includes empowering participants through the performing arts to help them discover things they did not know they were capable of doing, along with providing the best show possible …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Daisy from Australia

Posted by Up with People on December 16, 2019

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This week, meet first semester cast member Daisy from Melbourne, Australia! Interests & Passions: Musical theatre, acting, and volunteering How is music important in your life? “Music has given me a platform to express myself in different and exciting ways. Singing has always been a big part of my life. Whether it be in the shower, walking to work, or onstage, it gives me joy! What I love about an Up with People show is that we are not just performing to please, we are performing to create conversations and empower people to stand up for whatever they may believe …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Alice from Belgium

Posted by Up with People on November 4, 2019

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Alice is an Up with People cast member, originally from Lebanon and now lives in Brussels, Belgium. See what life is like for Alice on the road during her gap year abroad! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “I decide to travel in Up With People because it is really important for me to learn a new language after high school. I also feel it’s important to learn English in an artistic form, not through books. It’s really amazing to learn the language while learning about the arts at the same time. What was arrival day in Italy like for you? …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Graham from Minnesota

Posted by Up with People on October 21, 2019

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Get to Know Graham from St. Paul, Minnesota in the United States in this week’s Meet the Cast Monday! Graham plays in the Up with People band and has a strong passion for music, recording and mixing. See what his experience has been like so far on tour! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “I decided to travel with Up with People for the connections I would make on the road through music, as well as the friendships I would build.” What was it like arriving in Italy for the first time? “Arrival day in Italy …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Aiyonna from Colorado

Posted by Up with People on October 14, 2019

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On this week’s Meet the Cast Monday, meet Aiyonna from Colorado! At 19-years-old and fresh out of high school, Aiyonna is excited to travel the world and start her journey of self discovery. Interests and Passions: Painting, drawing, sculpting, and writing Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “I want people to know that they are being listened to, understood, and that they are cared for. That’s pretty much what Up With People stands for. The travel aspect was also very interesting to me.” What was arrival day in Ottawa like for you? “Cold! Staying in hot …

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