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Up with People seek King County youth for future tours
By the time Up with People's Cast B 2013 leaves King County after its performance at the Auburn Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20-21, a number of local young people will begin the process of planning for their own tour with a future Up with People cast.
Each year hundreds of young men and women between the ages of 17-29 apply to join the international, educational and cultural program for a one- or two-semester experience that visits diverse communities on a multi-continent tour.
"Travel with a purpose. Perform for thousands. Impact communities. These are the foundational elements Up with People provides young people in our unique global education program," explained Colleen Eastman, manager of enrollment for Up with People.
"During the past four decades, over 21,000 participants who have traveled in Up with People have gone on to become enthusiastic leaders in their communities and the world," Eastman said. "Equipped with the life skills and broad perspectives learned 'on the road,' they have made tremendous differences through a wide variety of diverse career and life choices and have truly become global citizens. We hope future casts will include young ambassadors from King County."
Each participant will have the opportunity to travel, live and learn with 100 fellow cast members from an average of 20 different countries requiring them to work cooperatively while exploring the similarities and differences of people from other nations, religions and cultures. A typical semester tour will take participants to more than 20 cities on a multi-region odyssey experiencing the languages, sights and cultural experiences unique to each region visited.
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 personal perspective of day-to-day life in that corner of the world while sharing lifestyles and experiences.
For those interested in learning more about traveling with a future Up with People cast, a special backstage tour and the opportunity to meet members of the cast and staff will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 21. Up with People will be interviewing candidates following the public performance on Sept. 20-21 at APAC, 206 E St. NE.
Tickets are $20 and are on now sale at www.upwithpeople.org/auburn or with one of its sponsoring Rotary Clubs (Auburn, Covington, Burien, Southcenter, Enumclaw).
If you are unable to join us for the backstage tour or at the show, you can visit www.upwithpeople.org or call 303-460-7100.