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Vision, Mission & Values

Since 1965, we have reached 1.1 BILLION people worldwide.

Not only do we serve our mission through the activities of our international touring casts, but many of Up with People’s 22,000+ alumni continue to make a positive difference in the world long after their tour has ended.

Our Stories

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“UWP showed me how unique perspective is as a Native woman and broadened my view of the world.” Up with People was an important part of my life. I didn't have the same foundation as everyone else. I come from…
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“I've been profoundly impacted by Up with People, which exposed me to Deafness, Deaf Culture, and American Sign Language.” While the music was always a passion, everything changed when I met my first Deaf student during a performance at a…
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“Learning in real-time to understand different cultures, lifestyles, and life experiences was one of the most important parts of becoming a better leader and human being.” My story with Up with People was a growing experience that began as a…
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“UWP gave ordinary people extraordinary opportunities. It was an experience about connection with people: cast members, host families, communities, and the world. It was a transformational journey.” Originally from Australia, I joined Up with People as a rookie PR Rep…
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“UWP completely altered my life direction in the best way possible, singing and dancing around the world was my goal, but building relationships in the community had the biggest impact on me the most.” As an 18-year-old, I had never…
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"Attending UWP was a positive, transformative experience for me. I met people from diverse cultures, broadening my perspectives and gaining self-awareness.” I truly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and getting to learn about different cultures. My experience…
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“Hey! My name is Bertil Vestergård Laier. I am 19-years-old and come from a small village that goes under the amazing name of Kvols.  “The amount of opportunity the program provides has been very surprising. I have to admit that…
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For me, UWP is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I feel like I found a family and met other people that think like me. I also enjoyed the travel because I saw new cultures,…
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I would like to give thanks to Up with People, the nonprofit that taught me, no matter who we are, where we are from, or how we do it, we all have a gift to give to the world. Because…