MTD Alumna singing and dancing her way around the world

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MTD Alumna singing and dancing her way around the world

Briana Jimenez, class of 2016, has traveled from the Western U.S. to Mexico to Sweden, Finland and Estonia so far, and the year's not over yet! Briana joined "Up with People" and this is how she describes her typical work week:

We are a cast from 20 different countries and we are currently about 110 people from around the world. We travel for about 6 months and we change city/country/continent every week. Monday is our travel day, from Tuesday to Thursday we do volunteer work.

We visit boys and girls clubs, do environmental activities, visit homeless shelters and do educational workshops in schools. We ask the community what their needs are, and we work together to meet them. Friday and Saturday are days for our show. Up with People presents a show called "The Journey" that takes our audience on a journey through time, humanity and the world. We sing original songs about global issues such as gender equality, global warming, the refugee crisis, and immigration. The show has music from back in the 60's (when Up with People was created) and we dance and sing songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's, too. Up with People also performs international dances from the countries we represent and the places we've visited over the last 50 years. 

The show is our way of spreading our vision " to build bridges of understanding among people and nations by sparking people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world." Also it's our way of thanking the community for the time we spent with them. 

Sundays are "host family days". We stay with host families during our travel. That way we can learn the culture and they can also learn ours. 

The mission of Up with People is to inspire Young People to make a difference in their world. - youtube channel, you can find videos of our journey and UWP

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