Multi-Country Travel, Volunteer and Study Abroad Semester and Year ~ Gap Programs ~ Post-Graduate
Over view - 1 Inter national P ar ticipants - 3 Inter national Tr avel and Host Fam ilies - 5 P er for m ing Ar ts - 7 C om m unity Im pact - 9 Leader ship, Lear ning and P r ofessional Developm ent - 10 Academ ic P r ogr am for C ollege C r edit - 11 Application P r ocess and Finances - 12 Inter national Alum ni Association - 13
Tr a vel with a p u rp o se. Per form f or t h ou san d s. Impac t commu n it ie s. Over the past four decades, 21,000+ participants from over 70 countries have travelled abroad in the Up with People program. Many have gone on to become leaders in their communities, their countries and for the world. Equipped with the life skills, cultural perspectives and immeasurable other talents gained during international experience, they continue making a difference in big and small ways. They continue to demonstrate what it
PROGRAMS ASPECT •M ulti-Country Travel •C ommunity Impact Projects •P erforming Arts • International Participants • Host Family Living
means to be global citizens. Apply to go global with UWP today. Experience the difference this unique cultural experience can have for you and your future.
• Global Education and College Credit • Professional Development
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new language, understanding cultural
Few volunteer and study abroad
stereotypes, UWP students find they
programs can match the student
learn as much about themselves during
diversity found in the Up with People
their time abroad as they do about the
(UWP) program. Each semester we
world around them.
traditions, or challenging their own
welcome approximately 100 students from 20 countries who will travel, learn
The value of our student diversity
and live together for 22 or more weeks.
lasts well beyond our studentsâ€™ time abroad. Our participants form lifelong
Our student diversity delivers on the
friendships, and as alumni of our
UWP global experience every day.
program, they continue to connect
No matter what city or country our
with one another and with other UWP
students are visiting, they have the
alumni around the world for many years
opportunity to develop their global
to come. The personal, professional
competency through daily interactions
and cultural benefits of these global
with others in the program.
connections are immeasurable.
There are countless opportunities for students to learn about culture in the places they visit and from one another. Whether they are learning a
It didnâ€™t matter what our cultures and traditions were - the goal was to know each other better. I challenged myself to make friends, communicate with people around me and to speak in front of a group in a foreign language. I know I can go all around the world to countries like Pakistan, Mongolia, China, Norway, Venezuela or Namibia to see my new friends. Up with People opened the doors for me to travel everywhere. - Alice from Belgium
International Travel and Host Families The Up with People (UWP) program is a unique multi-continent tour reaching 20 destinations on at least two continents in one 22-week semester. Each semester students travel together in groups referred to as â€œcastsâ€? and spend nearly one week in each community. UWP students experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the places they
One of the most unique cultural
difficult to attain through any other type
features of the UWP experience is the
of travel. In many cases, host family
opportunity to live with host families
stays can also turn into international
in each community. Students live with
friendships which last a lifetime.
and learn from local families who open their hearts and homes to share in this cultural experience. Whether hosted in an urban flat or a rural farmhouse, the level of cultural immersion and understanding gained through the host family experience is
visit. Whether engaging with the locals through service projects, taking in the region as tourists, or gaining VIP access to places and people, the cultural opportunities are endless.
International Travel and Host Families
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6 Photo by Paul Hartmann
From a small gymnasium in
relevant and that our positive messages
Nebraska to a prestigious concert
resonate with the current issues facing
hall in Europe or a sports arena full
our world today.
of school children in Thailand, UWP
students have performed for diverse
All participants are involved in the UWP
audiences in a wide variety of venues
musical stage production. However,
all over the world.
we do not require that applicants
Up with People (UWP) was founded on
demonstrate extensive experience
the principle of using music as a means
Performance highlights from the last
in the performing arts in order to be
to communicate with and inspire
few decades include four Super Bowl
accepted to travel in the UWP Global
people. Performing arts has been a
halftime shows, Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving
unique feature of the UWP experience
Day Parade, performances in Red
since we were founded in 1965.
Square in Moscow and at the Great Wall of China. We have performed for royalty
In each city we visit, our students
and heads of state, including Jordanâ€™s
collaborate to perform a vibrant musical
Queen Noor, Pope John Paul II, King
stage show that brings the community
Juan Carlos of Spain and for several
together. Local partner organizations
are featured and together we aim to spark people to action in meeting the
While our commitment to the
needs of their communities, countries
performing arts remains the same,
and the world.
what has evolved with each decade is our style of performance, music and dance. We produce a new show every few years to ensure we are Photo by Angela Pauly
from volunteering with cancer patients in a
In all that we do, we aim to make a
hospital to serving meals to the homeless at
difference. Developing in our students
a soup kitchen.
the value of social responsibility through hands-on community service is a primary
UWP students have lifted sandbags during
goal of the Up with People (UWP) program.
floods in The Netherlands, hand-formed
Community impact projects are an integral
cement bricks to build homes in the slums
part of our time in every city we visit.
of Manila, sung to residents in a nursing home in Quebec, led sports programs with
By meeting the specific needs of each
orphaned children in The Philippines and
community, students develop insight
painted over graffiti in Mexico.
into how different cultures address social and political challenges. They find that
Wherever UWP delivers a community impact
working to improve the lives of others has
project, the hearts and minds of both our
a positive impact on their own lives. UWP
students and the local community are
aims to help its young leaders internalize
that it’s not ‘getting’ but ‘giving’ that leads to personal growth. The volunteer projects are as diverse as our students and our destinations. They range from building and painting homes to trail development in a national park;
“One moment that really sticks out in my mind is a brick throwing line that stretched 50 yards on the ground, up an unstable ladder, across a balcony, and into a home. I realized that in the line were 5 Americans, 2 Danish, 1 Ugandan, 4 Filipinos, 1 Swede, and 1 German, all working together to rebuild people’s lives. It was difficult labor, but I was so honored to be a part of this life-changing project.” - Matt from USA
Leadership and Learning
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Our aim is to develop global citizens
Professional Development and Internships
through all aspects of the of the
While traveling, all students are invited
Up with People (UWP) program.
to apply to participate in our internship
Our well-developed experiential
program, facilitated by UWP program
education curriculum is delivered
staff. Internships are available in areas
through workshops and facilitated
such as marketing, public relations,
learning. We focus on cultural
education, event logistics, performing
awareness, leadership, group
arts and technical theatre.
development and communication. Each city we visit is a classroom
UWP internships available during the
and learning laboratory.
abroad semester are hands-on and allow participants to develop skills
Participants meet with political,
in a particular area of interest,
corporate and social leaders, visit
many involving direct interaction
regional points of interest and discuss
with local business and community
as a group timely and regionally-
leaders in the various places we
relevant topics and issues. The UWP
visit. In addition to specific
Global Education Program offers truly
skills training, UWP internships
unique access to opportunities that
also focus on developing broadly
develop and refine leadership skills
applicable skills relevant to any
beneficial to any career or life path.
career, including leadership, public speaking, critical thinking and communication.
Leadership, Learning and Professional Development
Internship placements are made following a competitive application process which takes place during the semester. Internships opportunities cannot be guaranteed.
Academic Program for College Credit Are you a study abroad student or seeking to enhance your international experience by earning college credit? Up with People was a life-changer for both of our children, even though they are entirely different people at different stages of their lives. Traveling and experiencing entirely new cultures gave them new framework and fresh perspective on the world. There is no other program that could have challenged them, shaped them, stretched them, perplexed them, and satisfied them like Up with People. We think they came back with more questions than answers, about the world and their future, but that is priceless and invaluable in todayâ€™s world. - Cathy & Chris (Parents of UWP participants)
In collaboration with our academic partner, Florida Southern College (FSC), we offer our students the opportunity to enroll in an academic program adding great value to our already one-of-a-kind global education experience. Students who enroll in the academic program will complete three (3) university courses to earn 12 university credit hours during the Up with People (UWP) semester abroad. Coursework is delivered in a blended format, combining in-classroom instruction, experiential learning and online course facilitation. All coursework is administered, and transcripts are issued, by FSC. This program is optional and open to any student who meets specific academic program admissions criteria. Courses
can vary each semester and may be offered in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Education or Creative Arts. U.S. university students who enroll in the academic program may be able to apply their federal financial aid toward payment of the UWP program fee. Florida Southern College was founded in 1883 and is an award-winning and fully accredited institution of higher education located in Lakeland, Florida. For more information about the academic program application procedures, admissions criteria, program fees and course details, visit www.upwithpeople.org.
Independent Study Students may also choose to earn academic credit through an independent study agreement with their home university. These agreements are student-driven and unique to each individual and university. UWP does not facilitate these agreements but the UWP admissions staff can provide advice on the process.
Academic Program for College Credit
toward the program fee, is required
UWP students are encouraged to
to secure a place in the program.
research opportunities for scholarships
Programs begin in January and July
The program fee must be paid in full
and grants from external sources. In
of each year. One and two semester
before the start of a studentâ€™s selected
the past many participants have also
(term) programs are available. To
program. Payment plan options are
raised some or all of their program fee
apply, students must complete the
available. Advice on budgeting for
through creative fundraising efforts.
online application and a personal
personal expenses during a semester
interview. All applicants should be
abroad in the UWP program will be
U.S. university students who enroll
age 17 to 29, in good health, a high
provided during enrollment.
in our academic program for college
school graduate (or equivalent) and be
credit (see page 11) may be eligible to use their federal financial aid and other
program. Musical and performance
Scholarships and Financial Aid
ability are welcome but not required.
Up with People has a Scholarship
There is no audition process.
Program and all students are invited
able to participate in all aspects of the
to apply. Scholarship awards are
scholarships available from their home
Students interested in adding the
determined based on a variety of
academic program option (see page 11)
criteria, including but not limited to
international health insurance which
must meet additional enrollment criteria.
financial need, academic and extra-
provides primary coverage in the event
Visit our website for more details.
curricular merit, personal efforts to
of accident or illness. Students are
raise funds to cover the program
responsible for all medical expenses,
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fee and musical ability. Information
including those not covered by their
about the Scholarship Program will be
policy. Proof of insurance must be
provided during the enrollment process.
provided during program enrollment.
All students are required to have
Our current program fees are published at www.upwithpeople.org. A nonrefundable deposit, which is applied
â€œI truly believe that my days in UWP have been the most incredible days of my educational background. The value of this tour is overwhelmingly worth every dollar my family and I worked so hard for to make this adventure a reality.â€? - Russ from USA
International Alumni Association
The Up with People International Alumni
At the conclusion of the Up with People
a group of alumni created the volunteer
“UWP helped me in every way and affects my everyday life. Global awareness that I have shared on a local level here in our youth center has made an impact on those I mentor.”
Association (UWPIAA) was founded when
program, participants join the
organization to promote, encourage
ranks of over 21,000 Up with
and plan alumni connection,
People alumni worldwide.
networking, programs and
This international network
recognition. The UWPIAA
of friends is often cited by
keeps alumni around the
alumni as one of the most valuable and enduring aspects of their experience.
world connected. This volunteer organization is an independent body with its own mandate. Its goals include serving alumni worldwide with quality programs and services; creating a personal and professional network among Up with People alumni; and supporting and strengthening the goals of Up with People. To alumni young and old in such diverse careers as marketing, medicine, performing arts, teaching, politics and public service, the worldwide network of contacts is invaluable.
Georges Andrade Social Worker with Youth • Luxembourg
“I have gained self-confidence, public speaking and leadership skills and the ability to interact with a very diverse group. The international component is evident – this adventure has enlightened me on making an impact on the global level and has inspired my career goals.” Jessica Kendra Pennsylvania, USA
“Through UWP I was inspired to step out of my comfort zone and learn about other cultures and countries. This has enabled me to work effectively with clients from around the world, including Japan, Hong Kong, Austria and others, to break down cultural barriers.” Ty Jernstedt Leadership Coach • Chicago, USA
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