Up with People Alumni – Where Are They Now? Interview with Celiana Dolovitz

Posted by Up with People on February 20, 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 our new ongoing blog series, we interviewed Up with People Alumna Celiana Dolovitz to gain insight about what she gained from her time on the road and where she is

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

Celebrate Random Acts Of Kindness Day

Posted by Up with People on February 13, 2019

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th! A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. It is a random and unexpected good deed which will surprise those on the receiving end of the act. It’s easy to lose hope in a world full of bad news. Faith in humanity seems to be at an all time low. But we are inspired by the young people Up with People gets to meet and send out into the world every semester. We know first hand that small acts of kindness

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Topics: "On The Road", Volunteering Abroad

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

How An Individual Can Make A Difference

Posted by Up with People on January 16, 2019

In the face of a multitude of global problems, it can be difficult to feel like an individual or small groups can make a difference. Our minds and hearts are in the right place but what can one person really do? It turns out quite a lot. Social impact is defined as the “effect an organization’s (or individual’s) actions have on the well being of the community.” For example, the organization Habitat For Humanity has a positive social impact on communities by providing houses for the poor. With Martin Luther King day just around the corner in the United States,

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Topics: Music That Matters, 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

The Importance of National and Global Service: Who Benefits More?

Posted by on August 17, 2018

In honor of World Humanitarian Day August 19th, guest post from Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny: Photo Courtesy of UN.org “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Ever since President Kennedy issued that call at his inaugural address in 1961 which resulted in the launch of the Peace Corps, Americans and people worldwide have responded by seeking ways to volunteer in service to others. Today thousands of nonprofit organizations (NGO’s) offer opportunities to improve conditions in every corner of the world. In the U.S. the national service

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer Travel: How Volunteering Benefits You And Your Host Country

Posted by Up with Poeple on July 26, 2018

Up with People takes the concept of service and volunteerism deeper than most travel programs. Each week, participants volunteer with schools and non-profit organizations to meet a community need and spark action in local community members that will continue to make an impact well beyond UWP’s visit. In fact, on average each participant completes 200 hours of service in a semester! By working directly with local citizens, together we create communities of action who understand their ability and responsibility to tend to the issues facing their cities and towns for the long term. Examples of Community Action projects include: School

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad

Short-Term Study Abroad

Posted by up with people on June 7, 2018

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