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Summer Program 2021: Harisonburg, Virginia, USA, July 11-31

Explore the foundations of sustainability, inclusivity, and human rights to be able to bring a voice to issues you care about and identify crucial efforts for change happening around the world today.

Through workshops, leadership challenges, and creative exploration, level up personal and professional skills that will distinguish you as an effective changemaker and jump-start your career or study path.

Equipped with your skills, global perspective, and the support of the worldwide Up with People network, design a personalized action plan to spark change in your community.


Build powerful connections

Goodbye social isolation! Connect with diverse youth in person

Turn learning into action

Level up your skills through our experiential changemaker curriculum

Discover Washington D.C.

Experience one of the world's important scenes for social change

Guest Speaker Series

Join talks with social impact leaders around the world

Adventure outdoors

Get outside in the Shenandoah Valley

Tap into your creative potential

Explore the role of artistic expression in advancing social change


Make a difference in the local community

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Horizons Edge Sports and Events Campus

Tucked away in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the Horizons Edge Sports and Events Campus will be your home for three weeks. This retreat-style setting will allow us to be together in person while following WHO, CDC, and local Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Click here to find out more about our COVID-19 Policy. You can look forward to dorm-style living, delicious dining hall meals, and sprawling acres of nature to explore!


July 11 Arrival - July 31 Departure

All transportation during the program is included. Getting to and from Harrisonburg, VA is your responsibility. If you are flying to ChangemakerU, we will greet you at Washington Dulles International Airport and transport you to and from campus.


$3750 $1800

The ChangemakerU Summer Program is a unique opportunity as Up with People is reimagining our impact in a post-COVID world. By participating, you will help us continue our fifty-five year mission by providing feedback about your experience during and after the program.

We are committed to providing accessible exchange experiences. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and supporters, Up with People is able to subsidize the cost of ChangemakerU to $1800 and offer additional need-based scholarships.

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Eligibility: Age 18-20, Can travel to Harrisonburg, VA, Open to challenging yourself, Eager to learn, Determined to turn ideas into action, Conversational English level


There are limited spots available for this opportunity, so apply soon!

  • Submit your application
  • Hear back from us within a few weeks
  • If accepted, receive enrollment information
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Click here to find out about our COVID-19 Policy for ChangemakerU.