Meet The Generation That Volunteers The Most

Posted by Up with People Volunteer Abroad on January 11, 2018

Over the past decade the volunteer rate in many countries has declined. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and nearly two-thirds helped their neighbors last year, demonstrating that service to others continues to be a priority for millions despite the slight drop in numbers. But there are some bright spots and generational surprises buried in those stats. It turns out that one generation is volunteering more than they ever have. So who volunteers the most? Generation X (those born between 1965 to 1980) leads volunteering among generations in the United States. Generation X had a volunteer rate …

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad

How A Gap Year Can Prepare You For University

Posted by Up with People Gap Year on January 3, 2018

More and more young people around the world are choosing to take a gap year before entering university and for good reason. Top universities like Harvard now even encourage newly admitted students to take time off by deferment. “…defer enrollment for one one year to travel, pursue a special project or activity, work, or spend time in another meaningful way … Perhaps the best way of all to get the full benefit of a “time-off” is to postpone entrance to college for a year. For nearly 40 years, Harvard has recommended this option, indeed proposing it in a letter of …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright

Posted by Up with People on December 27, 2017

Up with People cast members have performed in thousands of shows for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 50+ years. Many of our participants experience stage fright before stepping out in front of large audiences. In fact, public speaking is the #1 fear of most human beings! Those affected by stage fright experience dry mouth, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, trembling hands and nausea. If you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing, you are not alone. Most people would rather get the flu than perform or speak in public.  Performance anxiety can also negatively affect your …

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Topics: Insider, Music and Performance

How To Choose A Study Abroad Destination

Posted by Up with People Study Abroad on December 21, 2017

Studying abroad can be an incredible experience no matter where you go. Perhaps you already have a location in mind. But if you are like most of the hundreds of thousands of students who want to study abroad every year, you may not know where to go or even where to begin. It’s critical to make an informed decision before enrolling in a program. Above all else you should go! Many times the number of countries and choices can lead to a sort of study abroad paralysis but don’t let that stop you. Time is not on your side when it comes …

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Topics: Study Abroad

Political Polarization Got You Down? Pope Francis and Andrea Bocelli Find Hope In Young People

Posted by Up with People on December 14, 2017

No matter where you live in the world, it seems politics is bringing out the worst in us. Watching the news can leave one disillusioned and depressed at the state of things. Political polarization pits neighbor against neighbor. Simply having a civil conversation doesn’t even seem possible anymore. According to the Pew Research Center, politics has divided us more than at any other point in the last two decades. These trends manifest themselves in a myriad of negative ways, both in politics and in everyday life.  Is there hope? If so, where can we find it? Pope Francis and Andrea Bocelli have both recently met …

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Topics: World Tour News