On The Road: Volunteering in Chagrin Valley, USA [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on September 15, 2017

Cast B 2017 has reached the halfway point of their United States leg of the world tour, having volunteered and performed in Indiana and Ohio along the way. Check out our latest video to see how the cast impacted the community of Chagrin Valley, USA. MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT, ONE CITY AT A TIME “It’s been a great week,” says Chuck Jarrett, member of a sponsor family for Up with People for the week. “The cast has done some fantastic things at local hospitals and some other facilities.” During the visit, a group of cast members performed an acoustic set …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Culture Shock: 9 Tips for Immersing Yourself in a New Culture

Posted by Up with People on September 6, 2017

If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Mexico… Germany…the United States… South Africa? Traveling anywhere is fun, but for many of us, the farther away the better. Unfamiliar locations mean exciting experiences, and a chance to push our boundaries. Why do you think people love overseas gap year and study abroad programs? They have so many ways to help you experience new things: new countries, new cultures, new foods, new…well, just about everything. You will most likely have a few awkward moments and uncomfortable experiences along the way, because that’s a part of immersing …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

What Do You Stand For?

Posted by Dale Penny on August 29, 2017

Recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Barcelona and Turku once again remind us that our world today is more divided, more polarized and less civil than at any time since the 1960’s. Increasingly, many of us seem to define ourselves by what we are against and whom we disagree with. We tend to associate with those who are like “us” and who share our disdain for those “others.” We agree that “they” are not just wrong about ideas or issues…they are the enemy deserving of being personally demeaned and insulted. In its ultimate form this kind of bigoted and dehumanizing thinking …

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On The Road: Cast B 2017 World Tour is Underway [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on August 28, 2017

So long Denver, hello Zionsville, Indiana, USA! The Cast B 2017 World Tour is underway. After their first five weeks in Up with People, the cast left Denver, Colorado early this morning a little sleepy, yet pumped up for all that is in front of them! Over the next 14 weeks their journey will include performances and community action projects in 16 cities across 4 countries. Here’s a link to their world tour schedule, including cites and dates. The cast has come so far in a short time. They’ve evolved from strangers with a common interest to a tight knit …

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Topics: "On The Road"

The Global Classroom: 4 Ways Study Abroad Enhances Your Education

Posted by Up with People on August 24, 2017

Remember when you used to go on “Field Trips” when you were a kid? You’d load the bus and you and your classmates would let loose at the local nature center or science museum. Truth is, it didn’t matter where you went as long as you got to get out of the classroom. Best of all, you’d usually learn some pretty cool stuff. That’s what the Global Classroom is all about, except on a way bigger scale. And exploring the world is a pretty good substitution for the Science Museum. This is one of the reasons why so many students …

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Topics: Study Abroad