Part 1: What Is Cultural Awareness?

Posted by Up with People on September 18, 2019

Guest Post by Ellen Enebo, Curriculum Manager of Up with People In Up with People, we develop our cultural awareness through conscious actions and recognition of how our culture influences our perceptions of the world. This includes not just observing the “what” of ways different communities approach tasks, challenges and interactions, but also seeking to understand the “whys” and “hows”. But what exactly is cultural awareness?  For starters, have you ever: Figured out how to eat an unusual food by watching how those around you ate it? Mirrored your introduction to someone new by greeting them how they greeted you? …

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Topics: Insider

Meet the Cast Monday: Yassine from Bermuda and Morocco

Posted by Up with People on September 16, 2019

Yassine is 17-years-old and is a first semester traveler in the Up with People gap year program from Bermuda. Yassine shared about his experience coming from a small island, to traveling the world for the very first time. What are some of your educational goals and interests? “I am very interested in international relations and global politics.” Why did you join Up with People? “Coming out of high school and coming out of a really small island, I wanted to experience more of the world. But now that I’m here, I’m here for so much more than that.” What has …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Best Southern Comfort Foods from Louisiana

Posted by Up with People on September 13, 2019

Who doesn’t love Southern comfort food? It’s comforting for the body, and amazing for the soul. Travelers in Up with People have been in Lafayette, Louisiana this week and will be in Ruston and Shreveport for the next two weeks. That means they will have three full weeks of experiencing truly delicious comfort food made with the hands and hearts of Louisiana natives. Here are some of the sumptuous treats that are some of the signature Southern comfort foods found in Louisiana. Jambalaya It may seem simple, but perfecting a jambalaya dish takes serious skills. Whether you are wanting it …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Quinn from Bermuda

Posted by Up with People on September 9, 2019

This week, we would love to introduce you to Quinn, a second semester traveler and study abroad student in Up with People from Bermuda. Why did she decide to return for a second semester? See what her experience has been like on the road! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “When I was in my senior year of high school, my friend Angelis Hunt was telling me about Camp Up With People. Around the same time in my life, an admissions representative from Up with People came to my drama class to do a presentation about …

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My Host Family Experience in Up with People

Posted by Up with People on September 4, 2019

In 1987, 22-year-old Rich Calabrese traveled as a cast member in Up with People. During his time on the road, he stayed with a host family in Hamme, Belgium during their European tour. This is where he met the VanHoof family who was once his host family and has now become a part of his life-long, chosen ‘family.’ We wanted to find out about his experience staying with his host family, and how he still manages to keep in touch with them after all of these years. What was your initial meeting experience like with your host family? “Very pleasant. …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad