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Where Are They Now? Interview with Alumnus, Dave Smith

Posted by Up with People on July 24, 2019
Dave Smith, Up with People Alumnus

Up with People alumnus, Dave Smith (otherwise known as ‘Taco Dave’) shares his story of traveling in Up with People and how it has impacted his career path by becoming a Franchisee for Taco Bell, Hot Dog on a Stick, and more! (On Left) Dave during his time in Up with People in 1974. (On Right) Dave today. Where are you originally from?  “I’m from Sacramento, CA.” When did you travel in Up with People? What was your role?   “1974-75 as a cast member.” What is your current position now? What does that entail?  “I have been a Taco Bell

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Up with People Elects Dennis Walto to Board

Posted by Up with People on July 22, 2019
dennis walto

Denver, CO – Up with People, the Denver-based nonprofit focused on youth building global understanding through music, education and social action, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Walto to its Board of Directors.  Walto is the eighteenth member of the board and was approved for a three-year term. Dennis Walto currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Health Fund, a U.S. based organization committed to ensuring access to high quality health care for children living in poverty.  He is a social development entrepreneur and leader who has spent his career thus far trying to make the world

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Ways To Keep in Touch While Traveling Abroad

Posted by Up with People on June 28, 2019
Group of study abroad students laughing

Making the decision to travel abroad for a year is one of the most exciting choices in your life. However, as you travel, you may begin to lose touch with the people back home that matter most to you. But don’t worry! We’re here with some tips on how to keep in contact while traveling abroad so that you can stay in touch with your friends and family. This information will also make your parents feel more at ease, knowing that they can communicate with you regularly throughout your journey. Choose the right cell phone and plan Your mobile device

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Where Are They Now? Interview with Koen Suidgeest

Posted by Up with People on June 26, 2019
Koen, documentary film maker and photographer

Koen Suidgeest is an alumnus of the Up with People program. Since his time traveling in the program as a cast and staff member, he has gone on to become a successful documentary filmmaker, photographer and now an author with his new book, Why I Cry On Airplanes. We had the chance to ask him a few questions about his time traveling in Up with People and how those experiences have translated into his own personal and professional life now in the Netherlands.  Koen in Malawi Where are you originally from? I am from the Netherlands. Koen in Malawi When

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President & CEO Dale Penny Announces His Retirement

Posted by Up with People on June 25, 2019

From Dale Penny   To the Up with People Board of Directors, Staff, Cast Members, Alumni, Camper Families, Host Families and Friends, Five years ago I was honored to be asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Up with People. Since then I have had the privilege of working with a passionate and talented staff and a dedicated Board of Directors. After much consideration I will be retiring from this position effective January 1, 2020 or until a successor is selected. This has not been an easy decision to make. Over the past 48 years I have

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