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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

Up with People Guest Post: Liam from Pennsylvania

Posted by Up with People on June 5, 2019
Liam from Pennsylvania travels in Up with People

Liam is a year long cast member in Up with People. As he wraps up his semester traveling and volunteering around the world, he graciously shared his experience of his time volunteering in a juvenile detention center in Mexico.   “The air was stale and heavy, like chewing overcooked chicken; it took all the moisture out of my body. The sun scorched the arid dirt in San Luis Potosi. We pulled up to the looming gray gates where two armed guards met the van. Our driver and the guard spoke in Spanish, but there was an ever slight hesitation and …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: Momo from Japan

Posted by Up with People on June 3, 2019

This week on our Meet the Cast Monday series, we are thrilled to have you meet Momo, the dance captain for Up with People! What are some of your interests and passions? “My passion is to dance, as well as education for kids. I believe everyone around the world should have equal access to a good education and have the freedom to dream.” What were you doing before you came to Up with People? “I was studying education and English in college for three years. I decided to take some time off because I thought I needed to take time …

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Topics: "On The Road"

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