Friendship sees no gender, age, race or ethnicity. There are a lot of new and exciting things you can learn from different cultures and generations. That’s what Cast B 2017 learned when visiting New Hampshire, USA, on week four of Up with People’s current world tour.
Watch below as our cast made a difference in the lives of those who are homeless and supported by Cross Roads House in Portsmouth. See how they brought joy to the elderly at the Edgewood Senior Center and students at Seacoast Waldorf School – a school that tries to awaken a student’s interest in the world.
ILLUSTRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY
The cast visited The Edgewood Centre, a senior living community that focuses on quality care from the heart, and hosted an international fashion show for the residents.
“We dressed up in our international costumes and told them a little bit about the places that we’re from and the places that we’ve traveled to with Up with People,” said Evelyn Ripsom, of Delaware, USA.
FORMING INTERGENERATIONAL FRIENDSHIPS
Traditional attire from each nationality represented on the runway sparked conversation about cultural customs and background, which ignited friendships between cast members and residents.
“I had a chance to talk to a woman from Scotland, who told me all about her life story and how she came over to America when she was just 18,” Ripsom said.
It was a unique multicultural and intergenerational experience for our cast members, one they won’t soon forget.
MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT
Amy Coombs, founder of Whole Life Health Care, a group of practitioners who provide a combination of conventional and complementary, evidence-based medicine, sponsored the cast’s trip to Portsmouth hoping to create a positive balance in the community by creating cultural exchange experiences, engaging youth and sharing uplifting messages.
The cast’s impact spread far and wide in New Hampshire as they stayed with 30 local families, helped six schools and seven nonprofits with nearly 900 hours of community service and performed for more than 2,300 people.