Meet the Cast Monday: Macy, Up with People Gap Year Student

Posted by Up with People on octubre 7, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People gap year traveler performing on stage

Up with People gap year students travel anywhere from 6 months to 1 year as they visit different countries around the world volunteering and performing in local communities spreading a message of hope. For this week’s Meet the Cast Monday, we had a chance to sit down with Macy, one of our newest travelers in the Up with People program. Learn more about Macy, her first time meeting her host family, and what she is most excited for during the Spring 2019 tour on our latest YouTube video!     “You know that each of us Has a song to sing,

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Meet the Cast Monday: Henry from Mexico

Posted by Up with People on septiembre 23, 2019 [supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′ style=’color:#ffffff !important’] Up with People student travels on his gap year

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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Part 1: What Is Cultural Awareness?

Posted by Up with People on septiembre 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 septiembre 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 septiembre 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 julio 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 julio 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 junio 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 junio 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 junio 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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