Career Advice: 4 Skills You Can Develop By Volunteering Abroad

Posted by Up with People on September 20,2017

Here’s a little secret about volunteering abroad: nearly everybody thinks it’s impressive. Friends, family and strangers are all amazed when they hear those magic words. It’s almost like “volunteering abroad” is some kind of secret code that says you’re a good person, but it’s actually true. It really does take a special person to spend the time and energy to travel abroad and help people, so you deserve their respect!

And guess what? Many employers react the same way, so volunteering abroad looks great on your resume or CV. Sure, a resume is just a first impression, but it will help a hiring manager to see you’re smart, mature, and giving (and whatever else they picture when they see your past experience volunteering abroad). So congratulations, you’re already scoring points for your future job searches by simply doing something you’re excited to do anyway!

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Topics: Volunteering Abroad

On The Road: Volunteering in Chagrin Valley, USA [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on September 15,2017

Cast B 2017 has reached the halfway point of their United States leg of the world tour, having volunteered and performed in Indiana and Ohio along the way. Check out our latest video to see how the cast impacted the community of Chagrin Valley, USA.

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Topics: "On The Road"

Culture Shock: 9 Tips for Immersing Yourself in a New Culture

Posted by Up with People on September 06,2017

If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Mexico… Germany...the United States… Africa? Traveling anywhere is fun, but for many of us, the farther away the better. Unfamiliar locations mean exciting experiences, and a chance to push our boundaries.

Why do you think people love overseas gap year and study abroad programs? They have so many ways to help you experience new things: new countries, new cultures, new foods, new...well, just about everything. You will most likely have a few awkward moments and uncomfortable experiences along the way, because that’s a part of immersing yourself in a new culture. In fact, if you don’t experience a little bit of culture shock, you might be getting far enough out of your comfort zone.

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Study Abroad

What Do You Stand For?

Posted by Dale Penny on August 29,2017

Recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Barcelona and Turku once again remind us that our world today is more divided, more polarized and less civil than at any time since the 1960’s. Increasingly, many of us seem to define ourselves by what we are against and whom we disagree with. We tend to associate with those who are like “us” and who share our disdain for those “others.” We agree that “they” are not just wrong about ideas or issues…they are the enemy deserving of being personally demeaned and insulted.

In its ultimate form this kind of bigoted and dehumanizing thinking has led some to justify the worst kind of violence, whether that was among the factions in Syria, at a market in Paris, the airport in Brussels, a nightclub in Orlando, a church in Charleston, a baseball field in Washington or these most recent events.

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Topics: Insider

On The Road: Cast B 2017 World Tour is Underway [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on August 28,2017

So long Denver, hello Zionsville, Indiana, USA! The Cast B 2017 World Tour is underway. After their first five weeks in Up with People, the cast left Denver, Colorado early this morning a little sleepy, yet pumped up for all that is in front of them! Over the next 14 weeks their journey will include performances and community action projects in 16 cities across 4 countries. Here’s a link to their world tour schedule, including cites and dates. 

The cast has come so far in a short time. They’ve evolved from strangers with a common interest to a tight knit community with a common goal that’s ready to make a difference in the world! The learning curve has been steep, but the journey will be incredible. Check out the video below to see how this cast has come together, growing as global citizens to help make a positive impact on the world.

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Topics: World Tour News, "On The Road"

The Global Classroom: 4 Ways Study Abroad Enhances Your Education

Posted by Up with People on August 24,2017

Remember when you used to go on “Field Trips” when you were a kid? You’d load the bus and you and your classmates would let loose at the local nature center or science museum. Truth is, it didn’t matter where you went as long as you got to get out of the classroom. Best of all, you’d usually learn some pretty cool stuff. That’s what the Global Classroom is all about, except on a way bigger scale. And exploring the world is a pretty good substitution for the Science Museum. This is one of the reasons why so many students – both high school graduates and college goers – take a semester to study abroad. It totally enhances your education.

Looking for more proof? Here are four ways that your extended “field trip” abroad will make your educational experience richer:

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Topics: Study Abroad

Study Abroad Fundraising Ideas: How to Travel Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Up with People on August 22,2017

So, you’ve landed an exciting opportunity to study abroad, but you’re not sure how to pay for it. Don’t panic. A life-changing opportunity to explore and discover the world is probably worth a little extra fundraising effort, don’t you think?

The keys are starting early and staying organized, so here are some of the best ways to raise funds for your adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Most of the time, the hardest part is simply getting started!

Make a Plan

Before you begin raising money, figure out how much you have and how much more you need.

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Topics: Study Abroad

Bridge Year 101: How to Pack for a Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on August 17,2017

Planes, trains, automobiles, changing climates and new cultures - like nothing you’ve ever experienced before - are you ready for your life as a student traveling abroad? “Of course I am”, you confidently think to yourself, until it comes time to figuring out what to pack for this experience of a lifetime. Leaving the nest for the first time isn’t easy and it begins with making sure you’re well equipped with clothes to wear. After all, this is more than packing for a week vacation at grandma’s house.

Luggage

Before you start washing and folding all your favorite clothes, you’ll want to keep in mind the limitations you’ll most likely encounter right off the bat. If your trip abroad is anything like ours, you’ll need to plan for every season and fit it all inside a packed suitcase that weighs no more than 50 lbs. In addition, you’ll probably be allowed to bring a piece of carry-on luggage and a back pack. It’s more than enough space for a week at camp, and just a smidge limiting if you’re leaving for 6-months or a year. When picking out the right luggage, remember that wheels are a good thing, your back will thank you later. 

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Topics: Study Abroad

The Life-Changing Benefits of Spending a Gap Year Abroad

Posted by Up with People on June 29,2017

“I was fresh out of college and floundering to find a job that I felt passionate about,” said Up with People alumni Dave Stockwell on his motivations for taking a gap year. “My world seemed small and I knew there was so much more to see and learn.” 

Like Dave, there will be many times throughout your life where you need to make a decision today about what’s best for you tomorrow.  It can be scary and at the same time, exhilarating! If we were all armed with a crystal ball, we’d nail it every time! Unfortunately, that’s not the case. So we’re challenged to determine our own answers to life’s many questions. Questions such as: Should I continue my education? Where should I start my career? Is this career path right for me? When do I want to get married or start a family? 

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad