The core of Up with People’s global education program is based on a robust curriculum that not only enriches the tour experience, but brings key lessons to life through exploration, formal study, and action. Delivered in an experiential learning format, cast members leave their tour with a deeper commitment to life-long learning, with the tools and abilities to navigate the complexities of today’s interconnected world.
Up with People staff lead interactive educational seminars, discussions and workshops that are designed to enrich each cast member’s touring experience. Facilitators utilize the cultural differences within the cast and the unique opportunities on tour to guide cast members’ learning. The curriculum includes simulations, group discussions, reflective questions and team activities to enhance the educational experience.The core areas of the UWP curriculum are:
1. Cultural Awareness
Purpose: To foster cultural awareness, to instill a desire to learn about other cultures, help cast members recognize culture's influence on their perceptions of the world, and provide them with the skills necessary to operate effectively across cultures.
2. Interpersonal Communication
Purpose: To strengthen individual communication skills, including personal communication and public speaking and interviewing, develop facilitation and presentation techniques, and improve onstage performance abilities.
3. Leadership and Group Development
Purpose: To develop effective leadership skills, provide opportunities for cast members to take initiative and lead projects, understand group development, and recognize each individual's role within a group and learn to cultivate shared responsibility.
4. Global Citizenship
Purpose: To create a personal vision for civic engagement beyond one's time in the Up with People program, further develop critical thinking skills, learn to identify community needs, and gain the skills required to take action to meet those needs.
Internships and Assistantships
During the semester, a variety of internships, assistantships and special team projects are available to cast members for additional personal and professional development. Led by staff facilitators, these learning opportunities give the cast the chance to do a deep dive into specific areas of interest, such as cast operations, marketing/promotion, education and performing arts. Positions rotate throughout the semester. The skills learned through these roles often directly apply to participants’ post-Up with People careers.
All participants have the option to gain academic credit for their UWP experience. There are many ways to get credit for UWP, either during the program or afterwards. Learn more about our academic partners and their programs here.
Semester or Yearlong Participation
The UWP program is a complete experience in one semester. However, a second semester option that offers new learning experiences is available.