The Top 10 Costumes Around The World

Posted by Up with People on October 25, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. Costume season! Halloween, which is celebrated in many countries like Ireland, the United States and Canada, is only a few days away. This isn’t the only excuse to get dressed up though. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—which honors deceased loved ones and ancestors is also just around the corner too. Costumes can also represent your home country no matter the time of year and we thought it would be fun to share our top 10 costumes from around the world, with a little …

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MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Stephon from the USA

Posted by Up with People on October 8, 2018

Denver local, Stephon Matthews, came to know about Up with People (UWP) through a local African American leader, Toi Massey. Toi believed Stephon could excel and contribute to the international cast through his performance talents, specifically through dance. This 24-year old was working and volunteering as a dance and fitness instructor when he interviewed for the program.  Stephon worked hard for months to set aside money to fund his tour and rally his community of support. The realization that his dream would come true came after a showcase fundraising event that featured collaboration with the organization, Same Side, as well …

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Building Global Connections That Last

Posted by Up with People on October 4, 2018

For over 52 years Up with People participants have been traveling around the globe fulfilling our mission. Through music and action, we empower young people to be positive agents of change for a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world. The people our participants travel with and meet while on the road can quickly become lifelong friends. We recently received an email from Jed Daly who traveled with Up with People 47 years ago. Jed recently received an unexpected message from a host family he stayed with while traveling abroad during his Up with People tour. Translated it reads: Hi Jed, …

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Show Premiere: How We Create Music that Matters

Posted by Up with People on August 23, 2018

Music has the power to evoke emotion, bring us together and inspire action. That’s why, for the past 53 years, Up with People has used music as a universal language to lead people toward positive change. To do so, our shows need to express a powerful message, but many people don’t know what goes into creating that message. “The magic isn’t the person holding the microphone, it’s the tangible power of people from 20 different countries standing behind them singing the same message,” says Eric Lentz, Senior Vice President of Up with People. The message we convey in our show …

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Topics: "On The Road", Music That Matters, Music and Performance

10 Ice Breakers To Get To Know New Friends

Posted by Up with People on August 2, 2018

It’s arrival week here at Up with People meaning a new group of participants is arriving in Denver, CO from 20+ countries around the world. These young people don’t know each other yet but this week they will be forming bonds that will last a lifetime. It can be intimidating meeting total strangers. If you find yourself in a situation where large groups need to get to know each other quickly, ice breakers can be an incredible tool. Here are 10 of our favorites to help your group get to know new friends. Desert Island – You know the question, …

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Language Learning And Travel

Posted by Up with People on July 20, 2018

Each semester participants of Up with People’s program meet for the first time in Denver, CO. These young people represent over 20 countries and come from places like Japan, China, Sweden, Mexico and the United States. Many of these travelers have spent years practicing their English speaking skills and come to Up with People to practice those skills in the real world for the first time. Many second language learners will tell you that the only way to truly learn a language is to travel and speak with people in the real world. This forces you out of your comfort …

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

MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Rodrigo from Mexico    

Posted by Up with People on July 2, 2018

What do you want the world to know about young people? “Driven by will, young people are the trajectory towards excellence powered by the wanting of chance.”           What are you excited to share with your host families on tour? “I’m excited to share my culture with them, like food, music and traditions.” How will you keep hope alive? “Hope never dies but not always is our first option to action. I’m positive that sometime what you consider small acts, may be life changing for a lot of people awaking the spark of hope for a better future for them.”

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MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Taylor from Illinois, United States

Posted by Up with People on June 25, 2018

Who has inspired you in life and why? “My parents have inspired me greatly; they always live their life with the mindset that giving to others is most important, which especially inspires me now on this tour.” How will you keep hope alive? “I will keep hope alive by remembering that every little positive action, no matter how small, makes the world a better place, and by acting on that knowledge every day of my life.”

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MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Lucien from RI, United States

Posted by Up with People on June 18, 2018

What are you excited to share with your host families on tour? “My knowledge about farm life, and material fabrication. They are things that I have a lot of experience with, and as such are things I love sharing with new people.” How will you keep hope alive? “By seeing the good in all the little things. Keeping a positive mindset and always trying to help people bring out the best in themselves.”

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MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Corinne from Switzerland    

Posted by Up with People on June 11, 2018

What are you looking forward to the most on your travels in Up with People? “I’m looking forward to new adventures and a lot of new friends from all over the world. Also to growing into a more confident person than I am know and find my real me.”          How will you keep hope alive? “.”

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