Part 1: What Is Cultural Awareness?

Posted by Up with People on september 18, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People gap year students performing in Grand Island

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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Best Southern Comfort Foods from Louisiana

Posted by Up with People on september 13, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Gap year students enjoying southern comfort food Up with People

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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Meet the Cast Monday: Quinn from Bermuda

Posted by Up with People on september 9, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Gap year student in Up with People study abroad program

This week, we would love to introduce you to Quinn, a second semester traveler and study abroad student in Up with People from Bermuda. Why did she decide to return for a second semester? See what her experience has been like on the road! Why did you decide to travel in Up with People? “When I was in my senior year of high school, my friend Angelis Hunt was telling me about Camp Up With People. Around the same time in my life, an admissions representative from Up with People came to my drama class to do a presentation about

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Where Are They Now? Interview with Alumnus, Dave Smith

Posted by Up with People on juli 24, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Dave Smith, Up with People Alumnus

Up with People alumnus, Dave Smith (otherwise known as ‘Taco Dave’) shares his story of traveling in Up with People and how it has impacted his career path by becoming a Franchisee for Taco Bell, Hot Dog on a Stick, and more! (On Left) Dave during his time in Up with People in 1974. (On Right) Dave today. Where are you originally from?  “I’m from Sacramento, CA.” When did you travel in Up with People? What was your role?   “1974-75 as a cast member.” What is your current position now? What does that entail?  “I have been a Taco Bell

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Up with People Elects Dennis Walto to Board

Posted by Up with People on juli 22, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] dennis walto

Denver, CO – Up with People, the Denver-based nonprofit focused on youth building global understanding through music, education and social action, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Walto to its Board of Directors.  Walto is the eighteenth member of the board and was approved for a three-year term. Dennis Walto currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Health Fund, a U.S. based organization committed to ensuring access to high quality health care for children living in poverty.  He is a social development entrepreneur and leader who has spent his career thus far trying to make the world

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Where Are They Now? Interview with Koen Suidgeest

Posted by Up with People on juni 26, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Koen, documentary film maker and photographer

Koen Suidgeest is an alumnus of the Up with People program. Since his time traveling in the program as a cast and staff member, he has gone on to become a successful documentary filmmaker, photographer and now an author with his new book, Why I Cry On Airplanes. We had the chance to ask him a few questions about his time traveling in Up with People and how those experiences have translated into his own personal and professional life now in the Netherlands.  Koen in Malawi Where are you originally from? I am from the Netherlands. Koen in Malawi When

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President & CEO Dale Penny Announces His Retirement

Posted by Up with People on juni 25, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’]

From Dale Penny   To the Up with People Board of Directors, Staff, Cast Members, Alumni, Camper Families, Host Families and Friends, Five years ago I was honored to be asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Up with People. Since then I have had the privilege of working with a passionate and talented staff and a dedicated Board of Directors. After much consideration I will be retiring from this position effective January 1, 2020 or until a successor is selected. This has not been an easy decision to make. Over the past 48 years I have

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Top 5 Summer Vacation Spots Around the World

Posted by Up with People on juni 21, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Garden of the Gods in Colorado

Summer is finally here! In Colorado, where the Up with People World Headquarters are located, the weather has been warming up and the mountain snow has slowly melted away bringing more hikers and bikers to the outdoor scene. It also means that it’s time to start taking advantage of your summer vacation! School is out and all of your saved up vacation days can finally be put to use. Maybe you’ve just graduated from high school or you’re taking a break from college and want to travel. Whatever your reasons, we’re here to help. Here are the top five summer

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Lessons We Learn From Our Fathers

Posted by Up with People on juni 14, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Celebrating father's day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. What lessons have we learned from our fathers? Father’s Day in the United States is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June. This year, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 16, 2019. This is also consistent with the U.K. and Canada. However, many other countries around the world celebrate their fathers in various months throughout the year. In honor of Father’s Day here in the U.S., a few Up with People staff members wanted to share some lessons that they have learned from the father-figures in their lives, whether they are

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Just One Thing: A Message from Dale Penny

Posted by Up with People on maj 29, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Dale Penny speaking to the cast of Up with People in Mexico

Scene from the movie “City Slickers” Curly:   Do you know what the secret of life is?                                                                                             Mitch: No, what? Curly:   Holds up one finger) This. Mitch:  Your finger? Curly:   One thing. Just one thing. Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?                                                                            Curly:   (smiles)  That’s what you have to find out.      In the 1991 movie starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance, the grizzled cowhand advises the young city slicker to find his most important thing in life. I’ve been thinking about that recently as I look at the most important issues in the world right now. If

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