Molding Our Message: How We Create Music that Matters

Posted by Up with People on November 16,2017

Music has the power to evoke emotion, bring us together and inspire action. That's why, for the past 50 years, Up with People has used music as a universal language to lead people toward positive change. To do so, our shows need to express a powerful message, but many people don't know what goes into creating that message.

"The magic isn’t the person holding the microphone, it's the tangible power of people from 20 different countries standing behind them singing the same message," says Eric Lentz, Senior Vice President of Up with People. The message we convey in our show needs to cross geographical, cultural, and religious boundaries.

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Topics: Music That Matters

On the Road: Improving Acceptance and Understanding of All People in Monterrey, Mexico [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on November 14,2017

As Up with People's cast finishes the Mexico portion of our world tour, members look back on the difference they made in the lives of the Mexican people. From raising thousands of dollars to help earthquake relief in Naucalpan to raising awareness about challenges for people with disabilities at Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro, our cast learned the importance of empathizing and helping people from all walks of life.

In Monterrey, the cast's last stop in Mexico before traveling to Germany, members helped rehabilitate a community center in a low-income neighborhood, participated in a culture fair at a local kindergarten, and painted murals at an area middle school, which you can see in the video below.

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Topics: "On The Road"

On the Road: Learning About Living With Disabilities in Querétaro, Mexico [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on November 10,2017

One of the best ways to really learn is through firsthand exposure. There's something about participating versus listening that makes a message more memorable and meaningful. That's exactly what our cast learned when they traveled to Querétaro, Mexico, where Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro served as a global classroom that helped our group truly understand inequalities through experiential learning.

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Topics: "On The Road"

Study Abroad Internships: Up with People's Unique Opportunities

Posted by Up with People on November 07,2017

In today’s competitive job landscape, an internship or assistantship may offer you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. From professional networking to time management and teamwork, internships allow you the time to explore your passions and gain valuable skills before making an important career decision. While touring with Up with People, our cast members have the opportunity to not only learn about other cultures through singing and volunteerism, but also prepare for their professional careers through interning. Our internship and assistantship programs can help advance your resume and start/expand on your work experience.

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Topics: Study Abroad

On the Road: UWP Cast Brings Hope After Tragedy in Naucalpan, Mexico [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on November 02,2017

As an organization, we strive to inspire others around the globe. When we heard about the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico only two weeks before our cast was scheduled to visit, we knew we had to help in any way we could. So, we altered plans in order to make the biggest impact toward the relief efforts.

"This is a time when people are hurting and it's really good to have the cast here to help," says Misael Oliver, an Up with People Tour and Admissions Manager in Mexico.

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Topics: "On The Road"

Life After High School: 5 Alternatives to Traditional University for My Teen

Posted by Up with People on October 31,2017

Alternatives to Traditional University

Not everyone is ready to go to university right after high school...and that’s okay. In fact, taking a gap year before committing time and funds to higher education is becoming more and more common. While there are no exact numbers on how many young adults are opting for a gap year, the Gap Year Association says that interest and enrollment in gap year programs is growing substantially and they have seen gap year fair attendance increase by 294 percent since 2010. Just ask Malia Obama, daughter of Barack Obama, President Emeritus of the United States, who spent her gap year volunteering and visiting multiple continents before enrolling at Harvard.

That time in between schools is an ideal opportunity for your child to find their life’s passion, develop some real-world experiences, and plan for their future. Here are a few ideas for how your child can spend their gap year break before a post-secondary education.

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year Adventure

Posted by Up with People on October 25,2017

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to go after one of the best educational opportunities around today – the Gap Year. Gap Years, especially between high school and university, have been increasing in popularity across the globe for a very good reason – they give you the chance to get a better sense of who you are and what you want to do before completing your formal education. As a matter of fact, many of the world’s top universities are promoting Gap Years as an important piece of a young adult’s educational experience, and some are even offering scholarships!

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad

Partnership with Purpose: Kiwanis International and Up with People

Posted by Up with People on October 23,2017

Making the world a better place through empowering youth to become future leaders is at the core of what both Kiwanis International and Up with People do. So it’s a no-brainer that our organizations would form a close partnership.  

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Topics: Insider

UWP Cast Assists with Relief Efforts in Aftermath of Earthquakes in Mexico

Posted by Up with People on October 20,2017

The goal of Up with People's world tour has always been to share different cultures with people around the globe and give back to the communities we visit. That impact gained a whole new meaning when, just two weeks before Cast B 2017 was scheduled to arrive in Mexico, a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding area.

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Topics: "On The Road"

On the Road: Bringing Music and Dance to Washington D.C. [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on October 19,2017

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

It is this same healing, explosive expression of humanity that Up with People's cast is sharing with people across the globe on our world tour. And Washington D.C., the cast's last stop in the United States before traveling to Mexico, was no exception.

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Topics: "On The Road"

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.