Up with People Blog

5 Tips When Staying With A Host Family

Posted by Up with People on November 20, 2019
host family up with people

Living with a host family while studying abroad or taking a gap year can offer unique benefits and opportunities for personal connection during your travels around the world. From learning about different cultures to trying new foods, it’s all about being involved in someone else’s day-to-day life. It might sound intimidating at first, mostly because we‘re so used to the comfort of sticking to our own routines. However, you’ll miss out on the chance to know what it’s like to have Sunday brunch in Germany or slow down your pace to experience the Italian way of life if you stick

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Host Family

Why You Need To Experience Aperitivo In Italy

Posted by Up with People on November 13, 2019
food in italy

The cast of Up with People is in their last week of their Italian tour! The cast is finishing up their final week in Italy! When people think of Italy, food is often one of the first things that comes to mind. Italians have a very special gift when it comes to cooking, and some of the most delicious dishes were invented in Italy. You might have heard the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And it’s true! The Roman Empire facilitated trades in exotic foods, spices, and herbs. This, along with the true pride they take

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Topics: Travel Inspiration

Meet the Cast Monday: Alice from Belgium

Posted by Up with People on November 4, 2019
Alice from Belgium Up with People

Alice is an Up with People cast member, originally from Lebanon and now lives in Brussels, Belgium. See what life is like for Alice on the road during her gap year abroad! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “I decide to travel in Up With People because it is really important for me to learn a new language after high school. I also feel it’s important to learn English in an artistic form, not through books. It’s really amazing to learn the language while learning about the arts at the same time. What was arrival day in Italy like for you?

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Meet the Cast

FAQ – A Gap Semester in Up with People

Posted by Up with People on October 23, 2019
Up with People gap year students travel to Italy

With the January 2020 tour coming up in just a few short months, we have received many questions from people who want to travel. Thanks to our amazing team of admissions advisors, we have worked together to provide answers and resources for some of our most frequently asked questions by new applicants. What type of volunteer work will we do? Up with People’s travel program offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities to students who travel from 6 months to a year. From various projects with Habitat for Humanity, senior housing centers, local schools, and other nonprofit organizations, we encourage

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: Graham from Minnesota

Posted by Up with People on October 21, 2019
Guitar player performing in the Up with People band

Get to Know Graham from St. Paul, Minnesota in the United States in this week’s Meet the Cast Monday! Graham plays in the Up with People band and has a strong passion for music, recording and mixing. See what his experience has been like so far on tour! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “I decided to travel with Up with People for the connections I would make on the road through music, as well as the friendships I would build.” What was it like arriving in Italy for the first time? “Arrival day in Italy

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Topics: Meet the Cast