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 the program. I was instantly intrigued.”
What was arrival day like for you?
“Arrival day was extremely fun for me! I loved meeting new people and just enjoyed sharing everything we were excited about for the upcoming tour.”
How was your first week?
“My first week was great! We spent time volunteering with local organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Riverside Lodge Retirement Community, and many others. We also performed at the Nebraska State Fair which was such a fun experience.”
What do you hope to gain out of your experience in Up with People?
“In my first semester, I was an Admissions Representative Intern. I was able to go out and do workshops with young people at a high school and college level. It gave me better interpersonal skills and a higher level of professionalism. I was able to see the positive influence we made in high schools and colleges around the world which was extremely impactful for me. I’m really looking forward to this semester to inspiring more youth around the world. I want to help them believe they have a voice and have the ability to also make an impact on others.”
What was it like meeting your host family for the first time?
“At first I found it scary, but meeting my host family for the first time changed all of that. During my first semester, my host mom was so kind and welcoming. We got along so well! We watched a lot of Stranger Things together in the time she hosted me. You become acclimated to host family living quickly and you become really close. We still stay in touch and I ended up staying with the same host mom in Denver, Colorado again this semester!
What are you most excited about during your tour in Up with People?
“I’m most excited to see how everyone else grows. In Up With People, you spend a lot of time volunteering, reflecting, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone each and every day. I feel like there is so much to gain through that. I’m excited to see how people are inspired.”
Why do you think a program like Up with People is important?
“Up With People continues to change the way young people are seen in the public eye and the way young people view themselves. By presenting as young professionals everywhere we go, it’s easy for the older generation or even other people our age to understand that we’re the change for the world, and we are more than capable.
What made you return for a second semester?
“Earlier this year in my initial Up with People tour, I felt that I grew and experienced so many new things. I was excited to come back, participate in the study abroad program and be a young person making passionate change. I also want to focus on my leadership abilities while helping first semester travelers throughout their Up with People journey.”
What advice would you give others who want to join the Up with People program?
“Just do it! Be fearless and join the program. Up With People is the only place where people love you before they meet you. Come and be a part of that family.”
“Let the voice of women be heard through us all,
Let it tear down every brick of every wall.”
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Up with People is a global education organization which aims to bring the world together through service and music. The unique combination of international travel, service learning, leadership development and performing arts offers young adults an unparalleled study abroad experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. Click here to learn more about the internationally acclaimed program, Up with People.