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  • European alumni enjoy sweetness of friendship, service and “luck” at General Assembly Open or Close

    by Isabelle Gruchow, A00, Switzerland

    "In the sign of the castle” was the theme of the General Assembly held in October where the German and the Swiss Alumni Associations celebrated together in Nüremberg. The board of directors did not hesitate to make this colorful theme a reality by wearing ancient clothes which knights might have used throughout the assembly.
    After 14 years as an alumna, I finally managed to join a General Assembly and I must admit that it was real fun to connect with old friends, make new, interesting acquaintanceships and enjoy the UWP spirit once again.

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  • Triple the fun at a celebration of Swedish Alumni Association and the Triangle Alumni Date Open or Close

    by Hanna-Mari Tuovinen, A92, Finland

    Around 25 participants recently traveled to the beautiful Swedish island of Sandhamn to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Swedish Alumni Association and the fifth Triangle Alumni Date. The organizing team had selected Sandhamn, a small island in the outer archipelago of Sweden for several good reasons! It has the highest percentage of the alumni in Sweden–really an Uppie island! Second, although a bit hard to reach, the place was absolutely beautiful! It was THE place to focus on and to meet with friends in the middle of our busy lives. Participants came not only from the TAD countries but also from Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

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  • The 2015 EAM in Munich is just a heartbeat away Open or Close

    by Annette Gerling, E96, Germany, on behalf of the EAM team

    It’s time for a European Reunion! 2015 will be a special reunion as it is not only the 50th anniversary of Up with People, but also the 25th anniversary of the European Alumni Meeting. For 25 years the heartbeat of the annual meeting is YOU! You, the alumni from all of Europe and the world gathering for a weekend to celebrate universal friendship, sharing the unique bond we have, laughing, exploring, talking much and sleeping less.

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  • Events in Europe Open or Close

    Swiss Snow Weekend

    March 6-8, 2015 - Seegüetli, Toggenburg, Switzerland


    Swedish General Assembly

    March 14, 2015 - Location TBA

    European Alumni Meeting (EAM) and German General Assembly

    May 14-17, 2015 - Munich, Germany


    Triangle Alumni Date (TAD)

    October 10, 2015 - Tampere, Finland

    Theme: Celebrating UWP 50 years: the Nordic alumni after party!

    Swiss General Assembly

    October 23-25, 2015 TBA


    European Alumni Meeting (EAM) 2016

    Spring 2016 - Rome, Italy

  • European alumni association and group contacts Open or Close

    Paula Eronen, A92, President

    peronen@hotmail.com or

    Timo Sarojärvi, A82, International Contact



    Facebook: FUWPAA–Finnish Up with People Alumni Association


    Annette Gerling, E96, International Contact



    Facebook: Alumni Vereinigung Up with People Deutschland e.V. | AVUWPD e.V.


    Mimmi Hogland Blomkvist, C84, President



    Facebook: SUWPAA Swedish Up With People Alumni Association


    Vicky Kahl-Milde, A00, International Contact



    Facebook: UWPSAA–Up with People Swiss Alumni Association

    European Alumni Group contacts


    An Van Den Eede, A90



    Argo Saul, E94

    argo@houses.ee or

    Merle Zimmer, D96

    merle.zimmer@balsac.eu or

    Chamber of Goodwill


    Facebook: Goodwill Estonia


    Gaby Mock, E98



    Facebook: AlumNet Netherlands

Up with People News

  • UWP founder recalls his front-row experience on UWP’s first-ever trip to Cuba Open or Close

    by Blanton Belk, Up with People Founder

    From June to October 2014, Up with People did an extraordinary thing by traveling and performing in Israel and Cuba. Both countries have long-range implications for the future of Up with People.

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  • Up with People awarded $1 million grant Open or Close

    The grant will help us accomplish many important initiatives in the coming years.

    A one million dollar gift has been granted to us by a nationally-known foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. We have already received the first $500,000. In order to obtain the remaining $500,000, the foundation issued a challenge. “If we can raise $250,000 by June 30, 2015, the foundation will grant UWP $500,000 for the 2016 fiscal year,” said Dale Penny, A71, UWP’s President. “This grant is a strong endorsement of the relevance and value of Up with People’s mission. We hope that this will encourage our alumni and friends to join this foundation in support of Up with People.”

    How can you help us with the foundation’s challenge? Make a gift to UWP today! The easiest way to make a gift is through the IMPACT Club, UWP’s monthly giving club. Monthly giving is easy, stress - free, and makes a huge difference. When you combine....your monthly gifts with those of other donors, you are advancing our mission and meeting the foundation’s challenge.

    Signing up to join the IMPACT Club is easy: call +1 720.215.3219 or click here to sign up online.

    What will your monthly gift mean to UWP? Because of the foundation’s challenge, your impact will have triple the impact. Your gift of $20 a month from October 2014 to June 2015 will mean $200 during the 2015 fiscal year. The foundation will double that $200 for the 2016 fiscal year. Your total impact is $600 in support of UWP.

    Need an additional incentive to give? Donors who give $100 a month for the next ten months will be welcomed into the Global Leaders Circle, UWP’s leadership giving society. Your support will mean $3,000 overall to UWP and you will be part of this leadership group that demonstrates a steadfast commitment to our mission. You can learn more about the Global Leaders Circle by clicking here.

  • Up with People Announces International Partnership with Kiwanis International Open or Close

    Up with People (UWP), the international education, service and performing arts program announces their newest partnership with the global service organization Kiwanis International. The partnership will launch in January 2015 in communities around the North America, Asia and Europe. In 2015, UWP and Kiwanis International are celebrating their 50th and 100th anniversaries, respectively. During this important year, the organizations will unite through cultural exchange experiences, volunteer projects and the internationally renowned UWP show.

    “We’re pleased to be partnering with Up with People,” said Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom. “Since our organizations share a passion for helping others, I know the partnership will be a great fit.”

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