When Is The Best Time For A Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on September 13, 2018

A gap year – between high school and university, or perhaps as a semester off during college – has been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – it gives you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do during major life transitions. A gap year refers to taking time off to travel, volunteer or even work. But when is the best time in life to take a gap year? While it’s true participants in Up with People’s gap year program are often between high school and …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Arts As A Social Change Agent: The Art In My Heart

Posted by Up with People on September 6, 2018

In honor of National Arts In Education Week Coming Up September 9 – 15; Guest post from Walter Belcher, Director of Camp Up with People, Co-Director of Up with People Jr. and Show Director of Up with People As a professional actor, singer, and director – coupled with being an alumnus of Up with People and working with AmeriCorps – an ‘artist activist’ is a large part of who I am. While the concept of using the arts as a tool for social justice is not a new concept, using the arts to address injustice that spans the globe is …

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Topics: Music That Matters, Music and Performance

Back To School – The Value Of Experiential Education

Posted by Up with People on August 30, 2018

As many head back to school and summer winds down we can’t help but think about the value of experiential education. Experiential education can be defined as a type of education in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience outside of the classroom and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, clarify personal values and develop one’s own capacity to contribute to their communities. More simply put; learning by doing. Experiential education is at the core of Up with People’s on the road education curriculum because we believe it’s incredibly important in today’s world. While experiential education should …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

Show Premiere: How We Create Music that Matters

Posted by Up with People on August 23, 2018

Music has the power to evoke emotion, bring us together and inspire action. That’s why, for the past 53 years, Up with People has used music as a universal language to lead people toward positive change. To do so, our shows need to express a powerful message, but many people don’t know what goes into creating that message. “The magic isn’t the person holding the microphone, it’s the tangible power of people from 20 different countries standing behind them singing the same message,” says Eric Lentz, Senior Vice President of Up with People. The message we convey in our show …

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Topics: "On The Road", Music That Matters, Music and Performance

The Importance of National and Global Service: Who Benefits More?

Posted by on August 17, 2018

In honor of World Humanitarian Day August 19th, guest post from Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny: Photo Courtesy of “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Ever since President Kennedy issued that call at his inaugural address in 1961 which resulted in the launch of the Peace Corps, Americans and people worldwide have responded by seeking ways to volunteer in service to others. Today thousands of nonprofit organizations (NGO’s) offer opportunities to improve conditions in every corner of the world. In the U.S. the national service …

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad