Part 2: Raising Cultural Awareness Through Study Abroad

Posted by Up with People on September 25, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Study abroad students in Up with People gap year program

Guest Post by Theresa MacNeil, Assistant Professor at Florida Southern College & Study Abroad Professor for Up with People When students look for an opportunity to explore the world, many seek out study abroad opportunities for a semester or even a full year. Up with People added the study abroad programs with Florida Southern College to work together to help young people experience life in meaningful ways. Experts say that having good communication and interpersonal skills are two of the most important skills potential employers are seeking in job candidates. Communication skills are vital for a successful life, both personally

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Part 2: My Daughter’s Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on August 28, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Study abroad group in Up with People with their professors

We are kicking off part two of our gap year series by sharing an interview we had with Kristin, the mother of a gap year traveler in Up with People. Kristin’s daughter, Ivy, was a year-long Study Abroad student in the program. If you haven’t read part one of our series, click here to learn more about Ivy’s perspective as a traveler in the program.  Kristin, Ivy’s Mom Ivy with her mom, Kristin, and family As a parent of a traveler, what was the deciding factor for you to have Ivy join the Up with People program? “It has been

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Are Study Abroad Programs Tax Deductible?

Posted by Up with People on May 10, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Study abroad student in Up with People with her professor

Thinking about traveling for a semester in a study abroad program? Travel is experiential education in its purest form. It broadens the mind, and exposes us to learning opportunities that we couldn’t encounter at home. Up with People’s study abroad students recognize the significance of this, and take advantage of two added bonuses. Earning college credit for their travel Taking advantage of the fact that a large portion of their program fee may be tax deductible! What is the study abroad program in Up with People? Study abroad group with their professors during the Spring, 2019 tour of Up with

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5 Benefits Of Staying With Host Families While Traveling

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

While Up with People program participants travel the world they stay not in hotels, dorm rooms, or hostels but with local host families. This can be one of the most rewarding benefits of the travel experience because it instantly gets the traveler that much closer to the local culture. Living with a host family is an adventure within an adventure and an experience that many never forget. What are the benefits of staying with a host family? We’re so glad you asked. You Get To Live Like A Local Learn what locals like to do, where they like to go

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Back To School – The Value Of Experiential Education

Posted by Up with People on August 30, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

As many head back to school and summer winds down we can’t help but think about the value of experiential education. Experiential education can be defined as a type of education in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience outside of the classroom and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, clarify personal values and develop one’s own capacity to contribute to their communities. More simply put; learning by doing. Experiential education is at the core of Up with People’s on the road education curriculum because we believe it’s incredibly important in today’s world. While experiential education should

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Habits of Successful Study Abroad Students

Posted by Up with People on August 9, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Planning a study abroad semester or year can be overwhelming and it can be intimidating especially if this will be your first experience overseas. Ultimately each study abroad student will get out of the experience exactly what they put in. First you must choose the correct program for your needs and then get ready for a life changing experience. While preparing for time abroad, think about these habits of successful study abroad students and how you can get the most of your time overseas. Wake Up Early In Up with People we joke that you can catch up on sleep

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Language Learning And Travel

Posted by Up with People on July 20, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

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

11 Scholarships To Fund Your Study Abroad or Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on July 12, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

So, you’ve landed an exciting opportunity to study abroad or are planning a gap year, but you’re not sure how to pay for it. Don’t panic. A life-changing opportunity to explore and discover the world is probably worth a little extra effort, don’t you think? The keys are staying organized and applying for scholarships early and often. Here are some amazing scholarships available to help fund your adventure. Most of the time, the hardest part is simply getting started! Anna Ftorek Memorial Scholarship Fund  Award – Varies Available exclusively to participants of Up with People’s program, preference shall be given

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How Countries Celebrate Independence Day Around The World

Posted by Up with People on June 28, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Throughout the world, countries celebrate their independence through national holidays and other cultural celebrations. From fireworks in the United States to flying kites in India, let’s take a look at how independence day is celebrated around the world. Bolivia – August 6th Bolivia throws a two-day party packed with marches, gun salutes, fireworks, music, parades and carnivals. The main event of the celebrations are the military parades on August 6th. The day is a national holiday of Bolivia locally known as Dia de la Patria. The celebrations continue for a full day especially in  the capital city of Bolivia ‘La

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Printable Study Abroad Packing List

Posted by Up with People on June 21, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Packing for a semester or year abroad can be challenging. Especially when you have that gut feeling that you must be forgetting something! That’s why we’ve put together a handy printable checklist of the items you will need for your journey. This list includes many items that are obvious, but also some things you might not think of. When it comes to packing, especially for a tour with Up with People where you travel to a new city every week, less is more. We recommend taking only one checked bag and a backpack or duffel bag for daily use. The

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