Up with People World Tour

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During the Up with People program, participants travel in international casts of about 100 people to cities on a multi-continent tour, experiencing the cultural sights, sounds, and tastes of each community. As students of the world, participants discover what makes each region unique, gaining a better understanding of its politics, history, culture, geography, environmental issues, religions and economics.

The Up with People program also provides the opportunity for participants to live with and learn from host families in the communities they visit, gaining a sense of what day today life is like in their corner of the world while sharing lifestyles and experiences.

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  • Housing 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.9
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 9.7
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Alexis
9/10

Only in Up with People

Up with People has 20,000 alumni who would in an instant tell you that they would instantly travel again as an "Uppie" if they had the opportunity. Why, do you think, would they go back to the early mornings, late nights, long rehearsals, small meals, no freedom, lifestyle that is Up with People? Because it is so much more than that.

Up with People is so much more than the challenges that it presents to participants. Through these challenges, Up with People breaks you down, but then builds you up again. It shows you how human you are, but then shows you how invincible you can be. It shows you how much more you can do as a human and it shows you how to embrace these challenges and conquer them.

My tour was the tour of challenges and plan changing. My first show on the road was in front of 3,000 alumni in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. Then, we had to take two days to get the entire cast to Aguascalientes. I arrived late at night to my host family, but some cast members had to stay in a hostel that had limited beds so they slept in what we call a "cuddle puddle" on the floor. That same week, our stage caught on fire and our show was delayed by almost an hour - but during that entire time, my cast was playing games behind the stage in order to get pumped up for the show in the midst of the chaos. On the way to Zacatlan, Mexico, what was supposed to only be a 14 hour bus ride turned into an 18 hour bus ride that arrived at midnight to our host families, but we all put on a smile and enjoyed their performance for us when we arrived. In Liechenstein, we found out that we were no longer going to be able to go to Brussels because of safety concerns following the Paris attacks, so we put together a video project and impacted that city right where we were. We went to Antwerp and then woke up at 2:30 in the morning to go to Rome, Italy. This week, the entire cast combated a case of lice.

When I look back on these challenges of the past six months, I think of all the amazing stories and moments that came out of them. Looking out into the audience in Orlando. Greeting the hostel group with hugs the next morning to encourage them. Doing a mini-greenroom behind a burning stage. Singing "High School Musical" on the bus to pass the time. Showing the world that "We are Human." Seeing the Colosseum for the first time. Bonding with my roommate while I checked her head for lice.

These are all moments and feelings that you get to have in Up with People. Up with People is a monster, but not in a negative way. It is a monster that shows you who you are inside. Shows you that when a challenge comes, you can overcome it. Only in Up with People can you face these challenges with 100 of your best friends. When these things happen, there is a team who is there already problem solving. Already moving forward. Acting. Doing. Inspiring.

There has not been one day in Up with People that I was not inspired by someone in my cast. Up with People tears you down, builds you up, and gives you little gifts in the forms of your cast mates and staff members. These are people who I will remember for the rest of my life as a part of my family around the world. People like my Production Manager who inspires me every day with his patience and positivity. People like my cast mate from Arizona who never fails to greet others with a smile, even when she wants to fall asleep or is aggravated.

All in all, this is a hard program, but it is worth it. It is so worth it. Up with People is a program that if you survive, you will be on cloud nine. You will learn how to embrace the difficult things and life and will be able to pull out tools to change the things you don't like about your world.

There is a quote by Maya Angelou that goes "If you don't like your world, change it. If you can't change it, change your mind." This quote embodies Up with People because Up with People gives you a world. It gives you things that you're going to want to change, and the opportunity to change them. It also gives you the opportunity to practice patience and kindness if you cannot change them. Through this, you become a better person than when you first arrived. You become stronger, more patient, more kind, more thoughtful, and more passionate. You become yourself.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maximilisn
9/10

Surpise is a daily routine

I think one of the most unique aspects were the surprise concerts that we were able to give in order to raise money. Performing like a rockstar in front of thousands everywhere around the world is something you dont do every day. Once we were in Taipei for example we had the luvk to arrive on the 101st birthday of the nation, which is a big date (the tower is not called Taipei101 for no reason). We were able to perform in front of 5000 people in a huge stadium and even got to meet the president of the country. Nothing you do every day!

How can this program be improved?
One thing that could be improved is the food for lunch provided by up with people. However, as it is a nonprofit it largely depends upon donations. We eat what the community is willing to provide so that the food resources depend on a donor. It would be great to find long term sponsors!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Asmita
10/10

What an amazing experience I had !!!

This program and the experience I got here helped me grow tremendously, both personally and professionally. Cultural exchange, leadership, community service, performing arts and traveling not only gave me an experience of lifetime but helped me broaden my horizon of understanding on global issues, leadership and development. Moreover, I got to meet 110 friends from 21 different countries and lived with 15 host families around the world. Needless to say, the world has become a very small, beautiful and bright place for me.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Wuo
10/10

Travel in Up With People

I see the Up With People Program as an opportunity that could encourage young people to make the best of themselves and prepare them to carry out their dreams. Thus, Up With People is a rewarding and life changing experience for your young people as well as host families and others who come to the shows, creating a unique opportunity to experience other cultures and establish a lifelong relationships.
I did Up With People because I see the program as an opportunity that could prepare me and enable me realize my dream and potential to give back to other as people have given to me.
Being a host family in Up With People enables you experience a new family, expose you to new cultures and creates a lifelong memories and potential relationships between you and the student(s).
I strongly encourage other young people to travel with Up With People because the program promotes mutual cultural understanding, brings different nationalities together to share ideas and compare values. Also creating global unity through relationships.
The message in Up With People Shows is relevant because it has a real life application of what the organization is about. I therefore encourage the general public to be a part of the shows.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing in Up With People, that will be visiting other continent in addition to North America and Europe.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elaine
10/10

The Journey of a Lifetime

I decided to take a gap semester during college to travel with UWP. I had already had many opportunities to travel and study in other countries, but UWP was unlike anything I'd ever experienced. I traveled through 6 countries during my semester, living with host families and doing community service projects. I ate food and went places I wouldn't have experienced otherwise. I got to perform in a professional musical production on a world tour, promoting hope and peace and unity to thousands of people. I interacted with people who did and did not speak my native language, and I was pushed out of my comfort zone quite a few times. But my cast mates became my family on the road, and we all supported each other through the good times and the more challenging ones. I now have friends and families around the world that I will be able to visit for the rest of my life. I would recommend UWP to anyone interested in traveling, learning about new cultures, performing, music, and/or community serviced. The program has something for everyone!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Roger
10/10

Travel, Impact, Learn, Perform

Up with people have change my life in so many ways and I considered this as one of the best choices I've ever made, this program made me realize that the world is not only in my country or continent, this world is full of people and places I could never imagine existing. I got the opportunity to travel to different places all around the world, in each part of the world I visited I got the opportunity to leave a mark and an inspiration on someone's life that can potentially make the world a better place. Also now I can say that I have more than 120 houses all over the world because of all the connections I made with this program. In my resume I can write that I've done more than 400 hours of volunteer work around the world and that I've done International marketing in 5 different cities in Mexico as well as managing a world tour show in 4 different countries in Europe because of the internship program. And of course last but not least I got the chance to perform for thousands and thousands of people in stunning places and mainly making an impact

How can this program be improved?
I would change some of the guidelines and adapt them to the new generations.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ellen
10/10

so MUCH every day

I studied abroad twice in college as well as doing Up with People (UWP). What makes UWP stand out is how MUCH is fit into every day. With opportunities to continuously be moving ( a different city and host family each week, 3-5 countries total in the tour in different regions of the world) - my learning and exposure to people and food and cultures was so varied and exciting. I volunteered with over 40 NGOs, and saw firsthand what works for communities and what doesn't. Staying with host families in each city gave me many ideas on what I want my home to be like, and helped me to really experience the place I was, and meet people who were genuinely interested in learning about me and sharing their culture with me. And the friends I met, my fellow cast members, have become my closest network, my lifelong friends to lean on. This program changed my whole outlook on life for the better.

How can this program be improved?
For the show component, I would provide more opportunity for people to learn new roles.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cristina
10/10

Awesome Experience

When I first heard about UWP I fell in love with the idea of the program. As I kept going in my application process, the admission counselors were always very nice and tried to help me in every way they could so that I could travel by the semester I applied for. Being on the road with that many people, working towards the same goal (social and show wise) was inspiring. The staff is always willing to support you as a participant and hear all the ideas and thoughts that you may have.
I loved my Up with People experience because it made me grow as a person and has made me more aware of what's going on around me.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Margot
10/10

Unforgettable memories

I don't have one story in particular, I just want to write about the Up with Poeple program in general. The general organization is very well handled, especially on travel days. There were very few things that I disliked about my semester. Everything we do is simply great. We get to travel, make new friends, perform a wonderful show, help people through community services, stay with host families. It's a perfect combination. While in the program, we are not always aware of the chance we have to be a participant, as many people don't get in when they apply. Up with people is a unique organization and I think everyone should have the opportunity to participate in such a program once in a lifetime.

How can this program be improved?
The main point I can think of would be to review the program fee. Few people understand where all the money we pay goes as many things are donated and the host families don't get paid.
I think it's really too expensive. If it was cheaper, more people would be willing to apply.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

Amazing Gap Year Experience

It was a year of growth for me, an 18 year old, taking a gap year between high school and college. I have amazing friends from all over the world, host families who welcomed me into their homes, and say that they would love to have me back, and I have the opportunity to go to those "hidden gem" cities in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. If I could've gone back and done a second semester, I would, but Up with People gave me the courage to go spend my first year of college in Europe.
Up with People gives you experience in traveling, service, and the social skills needed to talk in front of large groups, to make friends with people you have just met, and to be the best version of yourself.
UPDATE: I am now am 19, studying in the beautiful Florence, Italy, and through the network of alumni that Up with People has, I have been able to travel to Belgium and have very expenses. Everyone is supportive, even those alumni that I have never met in person.
Up with People is well worth the money because of all the memories and connections that you have afterward.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
9/10

Yay Adventures!

In Brig, Switzerland one of my best friends and I went for a hike in the Alps. It was on a Sunday, so it was one of our free days.
This hike was amazing! The views were incredible, we got to talk, laugh, enjoy nature, and do something not many people can say they did.
Little, incredible memories happen like that in Up with People every single week. I would not trade it for the world.

How can this program be improved?
I believe that it could be improved by the staff being more openminded and not have favorites.
Yes, I recommend this program

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Up with People is a unique semester-long study abroad experience that combines elements of International Education, Service Learning, and Performing Arts. Up with People participants come from 15-20 countries, and travel together around the world,...