Families in Lakeland will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes between March 7-13 when an international cast of Up with People arrives in Lakeland, a stop on their 2011 world tour.
Host families are being sought to keep one or more students from Cast A 2011, the 100-member Up with People cast and staff that represents 21 countries. “It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Andrea Thomas.
The opportunity to stay with local families during their stay in each community is a centerpiece of Up with People’s 22-week program. The giving goes both ways…while families share their traditions and local attractions; the cast members share their experiences and cultures.
Local host families are asked to provide a bed, local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners. While gone during the day, participating in regional learning, community service and show preparation, most evenings cast members will be home with the family to participate in their activities and interests.
In addition to many wonderful experiences with their new “son” or “daughter,” each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People Show that will be held at Branscomb Auditorium on Friday, March 11 at 7:00pm.
“I can honestly say that the dozens of families who have opened their homes to me during my time with Up with People is one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences I have had,” said Carlos Gutierrez. “I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends,” he added.
Those with smaller children or young teens in their home often find that the Up with People cast members are wonderful role models and provide a glimpse into other countries, cultures and traditions they might not often experience in Lakeland, Gutierrez added.
Local families in the Lakeland area are being sought to host the cast members from March 7-13, 2011. Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Andrea Thomas on the Lakeland Advance Team at email@example.com or by calling 303-408-4143
Up with People is an independent nonprofit, [501(c)(3)] organization without any religious or political affiliations. It provides young adults an international and intercultural experience that teaches service leadership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world. Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries