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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On the Road: The Cast Visits Camp Horizons in Virginia, USA [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on October 05,2017

Music is a universal language and our cast witnessed that first hand while in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA during Cast B 2017’s World Tour.

On top of their weekly performance, they also did an acoustic promo at the Explore More Discovery Museum, a nonprofit interactive children's museum. The museum hosted an international party to welcome all the refugees of Harrisonburg into their community.

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Up with People Memories: A Night with Andrea Bocelli

Posted by Up with People on October 02,2017

Up with People has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than 50 years, yet a recent performance with Andrea Bocelli will go down as one of the more memorable evenings in our history. Bocelli’s wife personally invited Up with People to perform at “Teatro del Silenzio,” his annual charity music festival at an outdoor amphitheater near his hometown in Italy.

It was such a great display of what makes Up with People so special. A select cast of alumni gathered for a week of rehearsal in the US, jumped on a plane to Italy to perform in front of 15,000 people in 104-degree heat — and loved every minute of it. Performing with the Maestro in support of his world charity made it even more amazing!

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On the Road: New Friendships in New Hampshire, USA [VIDEO]

Posted by Up with People on September 28,2017

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.

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On the Road: Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club in Rhode Island, USA

Posted by Up with People on September 21,2017

Cast B 2017 has made it to the east coast of the United States! The week spent in northern Rhode Island was jam packed with a variety of service activities. Check out our latest video from the road!

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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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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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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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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.