MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Hidde from The Netherlands

Posted by Up with People on May 7, 2018

“Young adults are the ones who have the future in our hands. We are the future leaders. The ones who are going to keep this world alive. The ones who are making a difference. We can take what has been done wrong and fix it. This makes us the ones who responsible for making the world the best it can be.”      How will you keep hope alive? “I will keep hope alive by, being kind and respectful to everyone I meet, even if I have a different opinion. I will be true to myself and won’t let others change …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Music and Mental Health: A Powerful Force For Social Change

Posted by Up with People on May 3, 2018

Music is, has been, and always will be a powerful social change agent. Music has long been used by movements seeking social change because it speaks to everyone. It’s the universal language that can inspire and be the voice that gets through even the thickest of walls. When problem solvers get together, music often plays a role in their strategic solutions. Music has the ability to expand our horizons and open our minds to new ideas. May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. The purpose of this social movement is to raise awareness and educate the public …

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Topics: Music That Matters, Music and Performance

MEET THE CAST MONDAY: Sofie from Sweden

Posted by Up with People on April 30, 2018

What are you excited for this semester? “I am most excited about all the connections we are going to make with so many different people from all around the world, and the positive impact we can have in the communities we visit.” What do you hope to learn this semester? “To learn to take things as they come. There are so many things in life that we can not control, and after this semester I hope that I have learned to accept that.”            How will you keep hope alive? “I will keep hope alive by always looking at the …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Why Travel Is Good For You

Posted by Up with People on April 26, 2018

Many of us spend our days between trips planning and daydreaming about the next great adventure. We look at pictures of interesting places online and wonder what great fun awaits us in faraway lands. But did you know that like vitamins, travel can actually be good for us? Up with People participants (who at the time of this writing are in the middle of an amazing week in Canún, Mexico) know this to be true. Anybody who has traveled outside his or her comfort zone can attest to the excitement that comes from being in a new environment. As research …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteering Abroad

Meet the Cast Monday: Josh from Virginia, USA

Posted by Up with People on April 23, 2018

“Taking a year to see the world before I went out into it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wish every young adult who’s still searching for their passion could have the opportunity to travel and find what empowers them while making the world a happier place in the process.” How will you keep hope alive? “I’ll keep hope alive by being an image of what the future could be. It seems to me that a lot of people have lost faith in my generation, and I want to serve as an example of a young person that …

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Topics: "On The Road"