week three

Week #3!!

a recap of the week:

monday — life in the fishbowl w bruce erley

Day one into week 3. Our morning started with a session led by Bruce Erley, an UWP alum, a current host dad, and CEO of Creative Strategies Group - a full sponsorship and event marketing agency. Bruce came to talk to us about “living in the fishbowl,” or in other words - the constant reminder that for six months, our group will be living in the public eye. He talked to us about the hazards of living in the fishbowl, and also the many positives that come along with it.

As a group, we discussed the pros and cons of social media, how we depend on it today, and how we can use it to impact & involve others around us. We talked about UWP’s need to operate & grow - and how all of this depends on the goodwill and support of others. How we use social media to

  • recruit students

  • find host families

  • fundraise

He asked the question: What does the news media think of us?

Living in the public eye as a part of Up With People is a tremendous responsibility, but also a beautiful privilege.

WEDNESDAY — cultural awareness & globe smart

The theme of the week for week 3 was Cultural Awareness. We discussed different stages of culture shock, how we are feeling 3 weeks in, and how culture shock can effect an individual - in both positive & negative ways.

Our second workshop of the day was working with Globe Smart. Globe Smart is a website that uses a series of questions in a survey to place your traits on a scale. After your profile is completed you are able to compare how your personal traits or roles compare to those of your own country or others. Before we travel to a new country, we will be able to see how our own profiles compare to that specific country - how we might interact with others, etc.

My GlobeSmart profile

My GlobeSmart profile

friday — SDG’s, CA, CULTURE FAIR

Friday!!!! Today was incredible. Eye opening, exciting, BUSY, and so much fun. This morning we split into groups to discuss different sustainable development goals. We were asked to pick one group to be a part of. My group discussed quality education, and why we believe this goal is the most important. We focused on the growth and personal learning of education - and how learning outside of the classroom can be just as vital and important a part of education as in-school learning. Without quality education, many of the SDG’s are not accomplishable.


Our second workshop of the day focused on the four types of CA we will do.

• educational

• social

• manual labor

• performance arts (PA)

Why do we do CA? We talked as a group about the different reasons community action is such a huge part of Up With People as a whole. Many different things were shared. We do community action to practice what we preach. Up With People’s mission and core values are set in empowering youth to be positive agents of change. If we are so set on accomplishing this - we must also be a factor in taking action. Another reason UWP focuses on CA is for the same reason we stay with host families. We have a direct eye into the community, a direct experience with the culture and people we are surrounded by.

What is social impact? Social impact is a significant, positive change that addresses an urgent, social challenge in a proven area of need. Social impact focuses on the root cause of an issue.



  • to increase understanding, respect & tolerance

  • foster communities of action

  • empower youth as positive agents of change

  • build an international network of global citizens

•••••••••••••••••••••••CULTURE FAIR•••••••••••••••••••••••

Our first culture fair was Friday night at 6:30. Host families and others were invited to come and walk around to each booth, play games, interact with our cast & learn more about where we come from. The culture fair was one of my favorite things we’ve done so far. Kaede taught me how to write my own name in Japanese, I learned “stick games” from Jolene from the Navajo Nation, and I listened to the Mexico booth sing :)


During the culture fair, we were able to interact with host families and learn about why they host Up With People, as well as answer questions about where we’re from and why we’re here. I felt an extreme sense of purpose that night.


It was such an incredible experience being able to learn so many new things about where my cast mates come from & all about their cultures. Even learning about other areas of my own country was a new and interesting thing to experience.

I’m looking forward to our next culture fairs on tour!!

saturday — host family wknd 3

Saturday & Sunday off this week!

Today we drove to the top of Lookout Mountain to go to the Buffalo Bill gravesite and museum. Maëlle and I learned a lot about Buffalo Bill and the Wild West - I was never aware he was such a huge icon in communities out here!!


After driving up to Lookout, we explored Golden, CO. Historic downtown was absolutely beautiful. In and around Denver is FULL of little towns with shops and restaurants so there seems to always be something new and exciting going on. We went to eat and walked around, and learned all about historic Golden. My host family is amazing!!! They are so proud of where they live - and they get to share all of this with us!! How lucky am I?

Maëlle, Mark & Sharon

Maëlle, Mark & Sharon

SUNDAY — superbowl liii

Super bowl Sunday!!!


“Gearing up for Super Bowl LIII!! 🏈

Up with People's first appearance in the Super Bowl Halftime show paved the way for future entertainers at Super Bowl X in 1976. As the first non-marching band to perform at the 50 yard line, Up with People's legacy carries on with performers following suit for 46 years by being the first to use an on-field stage.

Our cast has recently learned about the legacy of Up with People and wanted to represent some of their favorite NFL teams. Bet you can guess which team they are rooting for.

Who do you want to win at this year's Super Bowl?

Want to know more about Up with People's historical performances?

Get the facts ➡️ https://bit.ly/2BgUD8Z

Watch UWP at the Super Bowl ➡️ https://youtu.be/pxK3qTsj_eE