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Life After High School: 5 Alternatives to Traditional University for My Teen

Posted by Up with People on October 31, 2017

Not everyone is ready to go to university right after high school…and that’s okay. In fact, taking a gap year before committing time and funds to higher education is becoming more and more common. While there are no exact numbers on how many young adults are opting for a gap year, the Gap Year Association says that interest and enrollment in gap year programs is growing substantially and they have seen gap year fair attendance increase by 294 percent since 2010. Just ask Malia Obama, daughter of Barack Obama, President Emeritus of the United States, who spent her gap yearvolunteering and visiting …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on October 25, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to go after one of the best educational opportunities around today – the Gap Year. Gap Years, especially between high school and university, have been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – they give you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do before completing your formal education. As a matter of fact, many of the world’s top universities are promoting Gap Years as an important piece of a young adult’s educational experience, and some are even offering scholarships! Stepping out …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Partnership with Purpose: Kiwanis International and Up with People

Posted by Up with People on October 23, 2017

Making the world a better place through empowering youth to become future leaders is at the core of what both Kiwanis International and Up with People do. So it’s a no-brainer that our organizations would form a close partnership.   The idea for a collaboration was planted in 2011 when we visited Lakeland, Florida, USA and a local Kiwanis Club President turned Florida Kiwanis District Governor noticed commonalities between our organizations. We finalized the partnership in 2014 and have been intertwined ever since! WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP LOOKS LIKE TODAY Everywhere our casts travel, the Kiwanis logo follows. You will see …

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Topics: Insider

UWP Cast Assists with Relief Efforts in Aftermath of Earthquakes in Mexico

Posted by Up with People on October 20, 2017

The goal of Up with People’s world tour has always been to share different cultures with people around the globe and give back to the communities we visit. That impact gained a whole new meaning when, just two weeks before Cast B 2017 was scheduled to arrive in Mexico, a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding area. PLANS CHANGE TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT Originally, the cast was going to stay with host families in Cholula, a community in Puebla, Mexico, for one week, but the epicenter of the earthquake badly damaged many of the homes in that …

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Topics: "On The Road"

On the Road: Bringing Music and Dance to Washington D.C. [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on October 19, 2017

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel It is this same healing, explosive expression of humanity that Up with People’s cast is sharing with people across the globe on our world tour. And Washington D.C., the cast’s last stop in the United States before traveling to Mexico, was no exception. INSPIRING LIKE-MINDED YOUTH Washington D.C. was our busiest stop yet with three performances in one day – two appearances at schools and a full performance …

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Topics: "On The Road"

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