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

Seasoned Travel Pros Explain How To Actually Beat Jet Lag

Posted by Up with People on January 4, 2019

In a few weeks the new group of Up with People participants will arrive in Denver, Colorado to begin their adventure. They are coming from all over the world and will jump right into their gap year and study abroad adventures when they arrive. This means no time for jet lag! Symptoms of jet lag include extreme tiredness, insomnia, anxiety, headache and irritability. The amount of time it takes to recover from jet lag usually depends on the number of time zones one has crossed, but fear not! There are things you can do to avoid jet lag altogether. We

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

New Year’s Resolutions From Around The World

Posted by Up with People on December 26, 2018

A new year is just around the corner and New Year’s resolutions are top of mind for many. Even though statistics tell us that most people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, we can at least reflect on what went well (or not so well) this past year and set goals for what’s next. Making resolutions is a popular practice around the globe. Here are some of the most popular ideas to make your 2019 the best year yet! Learn a New Language The top 3 countries that see the largest spike in online searches for learning a new

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

5 Benefits Of Staying With Host Families While Traveling

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2018

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

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

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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Topics: Study Abroad

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

11 Scholarships To Fund Your Study Abroad or Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on July 12, 2018

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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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

How Countries Celebrate Independence Day Around The World

Posted by Up with People on June 28, 2018

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

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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Topics: Study Abroad