I’ll like to take a few moments to talk about another organization that is related to Up With People; if you’ve ever been a part of Up With People in some way, you’ll know who they are.
The Up With People International Alumni Association keeps contact with all the alumi members of Up With People – those who have travelled from 1965 until now. They send out print newsletters and regular emails, and keep updates on all members’ contact details and status.
Once in a while they organize their our “tours”. Recently the CAP cast travelled to Japan to sing at the Toyota World Expo, and then came down to Thailand to help our with tsunami relief. Such activities allow for alumni to continue the ideals of UWP – bringing the world together.
One of the biggest things they do is the Reunion; every year, they organize a reunion for casts and crews having their 5/10/multiples-of-5-and-10 year anniversary (for instance, this year’s reunion involves the casts from 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996 – no cast from 2001 because Up With People wasn’t operational then). During the reunion they have parties, era shows (where alumni perform songs from their travel eras – a 5 year span), meetings, activities for kids and teenagers, socials, and much more.
I am a member of the UWPIAA Board of Governors; I am the Era Rep for all crews and casts from 2004 till 2010. I’m sharing this job with a friend, Silvana of Albania (WS0804). Being a BoG member, I am obliged to participate in meetings, discuss IAA policy, and assist in reunions; due to my location, I haven’t been able to do much, but I did attend their metting in Denver and it was pretty interesting.
Up With People and the Up With People International Alumni Association are two separate organizations. They do help ech other out – the IAA has scholarships for prospective UWP students, and UWP road staff look out for alumni on the road so that they can help update details.
This blogathon attempt is for Up With People, NOT the Alumni Association. But they’re still taking donations if you’d like!