Up with People Blog

Meet the Cast: Arizona from Kosovo

Posted by Up with People on December 4, 2019
gap year student from Kosovo

Thanks to amazing donors like you, young people from all over the world have the chance to travel because of the various scholarships and grants available to future travelers.  One example is Arizona, an Up with People scholarship recipient from Kosovo. Up with People provided Arizona the opportunity to visit the United States for the first time, and she was kind enough to share with us about her experiences so far on tour. Check out Arizona’s interview to see how your generosity has made a positive impact on the lives of young people! Want to help us reach our end-of-year

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Topics: Scholarships

In Memoriam: James E. MacLennan, 1931-2019

Posted by Up with People on December 2, 2019

We are greatly saddened to report that James Ellis “Jim” MacLennan, a founding member of Up with People’s leadership, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019.  Jim is survived by his loving wife Carol of 52 years, son Kent and daughter-in-law Jennifer, and beloved grandchildren Justin, Cameron and Alessandra.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews David Currie, Jill Reeves, Craig Currie, Bruce Carlton Currie, Erik MacLennan and Kristina MacLennan. Jim was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 26, 1931 to Finlay MacLennan and Grace Barr MacLennan.  Jim was the oldest of their three children, with sister Francis and

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Topics: World Tour News

9 Gift Ideas for Travelers

Posted by Up with People on November 27, 2019
student traveling on airplane

The holidays are approaching soon, which means it’s time to start shopping for seasonal gifts for friends and family. With the next cast of Up with People preparing to travel in  January 2020, we thought it would be a great idea to provide a little inspiration for this year’s gift giving season for your young traveler. Here are 9 gift ideas to get your holiday list started! (Don’t forget, Cyber Monday is happening December 2, 2019! Scroll to the bottom for more details!) Microfiber Towel Each week, the cast will visit a new city in various regions throughout the world.

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Topics: Travel Inspiration

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