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The Power of Travel: Creating Global Citizens

Posted by Up with People on June 19, 2019
Up with People dance captain on boys shoulders posing for picture in Mexico

You hear people say all the time, “I love to travel.” Unfortunately, a large majority of American citizens don’t travel far outside of their country or even their state. With an average of ten days of paid time off each year for U.S. workers, it doesn’t allow for individuals to expand their horizons and explore new cultures. In contrast, every country in Europe is required by law to offer at least four weeks of paid time off to their employees. It is also customary for students in European countries to take a gap year before heading off to university to …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: Elena from Switzerland

Posted by Up with People on June 17, 2019

Elena is a first semester cast member in Up with People from Switzerland. She is excited to announce that she will be traveling for a second semester in Up with People for the Fall, 2019 tour! What did your life look like before coming to Up with People? “Oh boy, it was pretty average. I was working and working and working. I worked in a cosmetics store in sales. I also have been dancing since I was 9-years-old.” What is an issue that you feel really passionate about? “What I am most passionate about is human rights. Everyone should be …

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Topics: "On The Road"

How To Talk To Your Parents About Taking A Semester Off

Posted by Up with People on June 12, 2019
Gap year students taking a selfie

For most young people, there are a series of steps you follow throughout your educational career. Middle school leads to high school, high school leads to college or vocational school and so on. But what if you have something different in mind? What if you want to take a semester off to travel or participate in a study abroad program? What if you want to gain life experience through traveling, volunteering, or participating in cultural exchange before continuing on with your formal education? A gap year or even a semester off from college is a great way to do that. …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: James from South Dakota

Posted by Up with People on June 10, 2019

On this week’s Meet the Cast Monday, meet James from South Dakota and the lighting technician for Up with People. His internship in the program helped him gain new skills towards his future career. See what he has to say about his experience in the program. What did you do before joining Up with People? “Before Up with People, I was in high school where I competed in speech and debate, participated in show choir and in plays, and always found ways to keep myself busy in after school activities.” What is an issue you’re passionate about? “I educate myself …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Cast of Up with People Wraps Up Spring, 2019 Tour

Posted by Up with People on June 7, 2019
Cast of Up with People saying goodbye at the end of their gap year program

It has been an exciting time for the cast of Up with People. From Denver, Colorado in the United States, all the way to Skive, Denmark, this group of over 100 young adults from around the world have helped spread the mission of Up with People to several communities throughout North America and Europe. How Up with People Has Impacted the World As we wrap up their Spring, 2019 tour, we wanted to share with all of you what our cast has accomplished in these last few months. Shows Performed: 34 Volunteer Sites: 132 Volunteer Hours: 7,476 Host Families: 582 …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

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