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 …Read More
Topics: Gap Year Abroad
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 …Read More
Topics: "On The Road"
Taking a semester off to travel, volunteer and perform in Up with People is an extremely exciting time in a person’s life. Getting ready to hop on a plane to a new destination where you will impact people from different countries all over the world is priceless. However, any gap year program will come at a cost. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for financial aid, grants and scholarships to help pay for your travels. We recently shared a post for parents who are looking to help save money on our study abroad program through tax …Read More
Topics: Gap Year Abroad
Scene from the movie “City Slickers” Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? Mitch: No, what? Curly: Holds up one finger) This. Mitch: Your finger? Curly: One thing. Just one thing. Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing? Curly: (smiles) That’s what you have to find out. In the 1991 movie starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance, the grizzled cowhand advises the young city slicker to find his most important thing in life. I’ve been thinking about that recently as I look at the most important issues in the world right now. If …Read More
“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” – Fred Rogers In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, kindness and compassion have resonated through his television show to millions of public viewers around the United States. For those of you that have never heard of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it was a half-hour educational television series for children hosted by Fred Rogers. He discussed various issues through music, crafts and puppets to help young children learn about self-love and acceptance at an …Read More