Up with People Blog

On the Road: New Friendships in New Hampshire, USA [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on September 28, 2017

Friendship sees no gender, age, race or ethnicity. There are a lot of new and exciting things you can learn from different cultures and generations. That’s what Cast B 2017 learned when visiting New Hampshire, USA, on week four of Up with People’s current world tour. Watch below as our cast made a difference in the lives of those who are homeless and supported by Cross Roads House in Portsmouth. See how they brought joy to the elderly at the Edgewood Senior Center and students at Seacoast Waldorf School – a school that tries to awaken a student’s interest in the

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Topics: "On The Road"

Career Advice: 4 Skills You Can Develop By Volunteering Abroad

Posted by Up with People on September 20, 2017

Here’s a little secret about volunteering abroad: nearly everybody thinks it’s impressive. Friends, family and strangers are all amazed when they hear those magic words. It’s almost like “volunteering abroad” is some kind of secret code that says you’re a good person, but it’s actually true. It really does take a special person to spend the time and energy to travel abroad and help people, so you deserve their respect! And guess what? Many employers react the same way, so volunteering abroad looks great on your resume or CV. Sure, a resume is just a first impression, but it will help a hiring

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad

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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