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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Short-Term Study Abroad

Posted by up with people on June 7, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

A fast-growing segment in the study-abroad market is the short term (one- to two-week) study abroad option, often falling just after Spring term at many colleges and universities. According to the 2017 Open Doors® Report on Study Abroad short-term study abroad participation has grown over the past 5 years. The reasons for this increase include mounting education costs and more demanding academic requirements leaving many students feeling like a short program is all they can squeeze in. A new and unique offering in this segment is the two-week program offered by Arizona State University, in partnership with one of the …

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Topics: Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

10 Easy Travel Hacks To Make You A Better Traveler

Posted by Up with People on May 31, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

While travel is one of our favorite things we recognize that sometimes trips could go just a little more smoothly. These simple travel hacks can save you time, money, and at times your sense of sanity. So before heading out on your next great adventure be sure to use a few of these pro travel hacks! Use a Sunglasses Case For Power Cords The more helpful electronic devices we pack the more of a pain tangled power cords can be. There is a very simple solution! Pack an extra sunglasses case to store those power cords. This offers a lightweight …

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

Tips For Raising A Global Child

Posted by Up with People on May 14, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of information out there about good parenting. At the end of the day we simply want what’s best for our kids. As our children prepare for college, and enter the workforce it’s easy to overlook soft skills that are critical to cross-cultural competence and communication. Developing a global mindset is extremely important in today’s interconnected and globalized economies. But how do we raise a global child? How do we prepare our kids to be ready for the real world we live in? In the spirit of Mother’s Day we asked the parents …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Why Travel Is Good For You

Posted by Up with People on April 26, 2018 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Many of us spend our days between trips planning and daydreaming about the next great adventure. We look at pictures of interesting places online and wonder what great fun awaits us in faraway lands. But did you know that like vitamins, travel can actually be good for us? Up with People participants (who at the time of this writing are in the middle of an amazing week in Canún, Mexico) know this to be true. Anybody who has traveled outside his or her comfort zone can attest to the excitement that comes from being in a new environment. As research …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Study Abroad Internships: Up with People’s Unique Opportunities

Posted by Up with People on November 7, 2017 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

In today’s competitive job landscape, an internship or assistantship may offer you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. From professional networking to time management and teamwork, internships allow you the time to explore your passions and gain valuable skills before making an important career decision. While touring with Up with People, our cast members have the opportunity to not only learn about other cultures through singing and volunteerism, but also prepare for their professional careers through interning. Our internship and assistantship programs can help advance your resume and start/expand on your work experience. We host three rounds of internships …

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The Global Classroom: 4 Ways Study Abroad Enhances Your Education

Posted by Up with People on August 24, 2017 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Remember when you used to go on “Field Trips” when you were a kid? You’d load the bus and you and your classmates would let loose at the local nature center or science museum. Truth is, it didn’t matter where you went as long as you got to get out of the classroom. Best of all, you’d usually learn some pretty cool stuff. That’s what the Global Classroom is all about, except on a way bigger scale. And exploring the world is a pretty good substitution for the Science Museum. This is one of the reasons why so many students …

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Study Abroad Fundraising Ideas: How to Travel Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Up with People on August 22, 2017 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

So, you’ve landed an exciting opportunity to study abroad, 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 fundraising effort, don’t you think? The keys are starting early and staying organized, so here are some of the best ways to raise funds for your adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Most of the time, the hardest part is simply getting started! MAKE A PLAN Before you begin raising money, figure out how much you have and how much more you need. Try …

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What Makes Up with People Different from Other Gap Year Programs?

Posted by Up with People on November 28, 2017 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

Every day is full during an Up with People tour — full of travel, volunteer activities, and cultural experiences. It is an opportunity unlike any other. Twice per year, each fall and spring, young adults age 17-29 from a variety of backgrounds have the opportunity to travel the globe with our organization, bring positive change to the world and encourage others to do the same. But what makes Up with People unique? Let’s explore and breakdown how service, culture, and performance are just a glimpse of what makes Up with People different from other gap year programs. LAYERING OF CULTURES …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Culture Shock: 9 Tips for Immersing Yourself in a New Culture

Posted by Up with People on September 6, 2017 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Mexico… Germany…the United States… South Africa? Traveling anywhere is fun, but for many of us, the farther away the better. Unfamiliar locations mean exciting experiences, and a chance to push our boundaries. Why do you think people love overseas gap year and study abroad programs? They have so many ways to help you experience new things: new countries, new cultures, new foods, new…well, just about everything. You will most likely have a few awkward moments and uncomfortable experiences along the way, because that’s a part of immersing …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad