It has been such an exciting time for the cast of Up with People. After several weeks in the United States and another few weeks in Mexico, the cast has finally made their way to Europe!
The arrival of the cast in Mexico was long-anticipated thanks to an overnight flight delay on their transition from the United States. The cast arrived in Celaya around 9:00 PM and was swept away by the enthusiasm of their host families. The following day, the Club Rotario Celaya sponsored a taco stand and mariachi band to welcome the cast with singing, dancing, and overall merriment.
Volunteering in Mexico
While in Mexico, they were involved in several community action projects to benefit each of the cities throughout the tour. In Celaya, the cast planted 600 trees and painted a mural for Servicios Municipales. They also set up a temporary food bank and distributed food for Fundación Nutrición y Vida A.C. In Metepec, the cast partnered with Rotaract de Toluca in their “Basura Challenge” to help clean up a ravine to allow clean rainwater to flow through.
The cast also participated in a large amount of workshops including a workshop about giving constructive feedback to one another and building on nonviolent communication techniques learned earlier in the semester. The reflections from this tour will not only continue to impact the cast members as individuals and a team, but it will also positively influence the way the cast impacts other communities moving forward on the tour.
Now that the Mexican tour has ended, the cast has made their way to Edegem, Belgium to kick off their first week of the European tour. “This will be my first time in Europe,” said Marissa, an Up with People cast member from Colorado. “I’m looking forward to all the new experiences that involve all the different people and cultures. I’m excited to visit where some of my cast mates are from and being able to finally experience Europe for myself after hearing so much about it.”
Where Will the Cast of Up with People Be Next?
The European tour will run from April 29 through June 5, 2019. The cast will be spending time volunteering and performing throughout these cities:
- Edegem, Belgium
- Gistel, Belgium
- Kinrooi, Belgium
- Bocholt, Germany
- Skive, Denmark
To get more details on show dates and locations, you can visit the Up with People Tours and Events Page.
“There are many roads to go
And they go by many names.
They don’t all go the same way
But they get there all the same
And I have a feelin’ that we’ll meet some day
Where the roads come together up the way.”
Where the Roads Come Together © Up with People