Meet the Cast Monday: Henry from Mexico

Posted by Up with People on September 23, 2019

Meet Henry, a first time gap year traveler in Up with People from Mexico! Learn more about Henry, what his first experiences in the United States have been like for him, and what he hopes to gain out of his time traveling with the cast. Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “It’s a way for me to help the communities I visit while still traveling and meeting people from all over the world with similar interests as myself. I have met people that I can call real friends and people that I can build bridges over …

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The Power of Your Voice

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2019

Your voice is a powerful tool. Up with People, teaches young adults as they travel throughout their gap year to find ways to use their voice to positively impact the world. Incredible people throughout history have used their voices to create change. Maya Angelou was a poet and an activist who used her voice in support of the Civil Rights Movement. Jazz Jennings is a teenager who got her claim to fame by becoming an American YouTube personality as an LGBT rights activist and a transgender woman.  The misconception is that you don’t have to be famous or have a …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Part 1: What Is Cultural Awareness?

Posted by Up with People on September 18, 2019

Guest Post by Ellen Enebo, Curriculum Manager of Up with People In Up with People, we develop our cultural awareness through conscious actions and recognition of how our culture influences our perceptions of the world. This includes not just observing the “what” of ways different communities approach tasks, challenges and interactions, but also seeking to understand the “whys” and “hows”. But what exactly is cultural awareness?  For starters, have you ever: Figured out how to eat an unusual food by watching how those around you ate it? Mirrored your introduction to someone new by greeting them how they greeted you? …

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Meet the Cast Monday: Yassine from Bermuda and Morocco

Posted by Up with People on September 16, 2019

Yassine is 17-years-old and is a first semester traveler in the Up with People gap year program from Bermuda. Yassine shared about his experience coming from a small island, to traveling the world for the very first time. What are some of your educational goals and interests? “I am very interested in international relations and global politics.” Why did you join Up with People? “Coming out of high school and coming out of a really small island, I wanted to experience more of the world. But now that I’m here, I’m here for so much more than that.” What has …

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Topics: "On The Road"

Best Southern Comfort Foods from Louisiana

Posted by Up with People on September 13, 2019

Who doesn’t love Southern comfort food? It’s comforting for the body, and amazing for the soul. Travelers in Up with People have been in Lafayette, Louisiana this week and will be in Ruston and Shreveport for the next two weeks. That means they will have three full weeks of experiencing truly delicious comfort food made with the hands and hearts of Louisiana natives. Here are some of the sumptuous treats that are some of the signature Southern comfort foods found in Louisiana. Jambalaya It may seem simple, but perfecting a jambalaya dish takes serious skills. Whether you are wanting it …

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