About Up with People
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 students an unparalleled experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time.
Since 1965, Up with People has provided young people from around the world a unique international education experience unmatched by any other program. More than 21,000 young leaders from 100+ countries have traveled abroad with Up with People and are now part of our global alumni network.
Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, music and the arts have always been an integral part of our student experience. As the world has changed, so too has our program. Once primarily impacting communities through our musical productions, the current Up with People program also addresses the very real need for young people from around the world to become global citizens, to develop an appreciation of diversity and cultures, and to learn the value of volunteerism as a way to make a positive impact on the world.
Today, our distinct one or two semester program takes participants to nearly 20 communities on at least two different continents. In each community, students will spend 4 – 7 days living with host families, volunteering with local non-profit or civic organizations, attending educational workshops, learning about the region, and performing a 2-hour professional stage show for the members of the community.
In each community we visit, we work closely with our sponsors and selected beneficiaries to make a lasting positive impact through hundreds of volunteer hours performed by our students. Our stay is brief, but our impact is long-lasting. We work hard to raise awareness for local non-profit and civic organizations and inspire community members to get involved in their communities and “find their voice” to make a positive impact, locally and globally.