Up with People exists today to inspire young people to make a difference in their world.
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 22,000 young leaders from 131
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
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.