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Up with People looking for host families

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Cast members from Up with People will be in the area Feb. 10-17 and the organization is looking for local host familes.Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Isaiah McGregory on the Vail Valley Advance Team at imcgregory@upwithpeople.org or by calling 719-424-6289.
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Families in western Eagle County will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes between Feb. 10-17 when the international cast members of Up with People arrive for the first stop on their 2014 world tour.

Host families are being sought to keep one or more students from Cast A 2014, the 100-member Up with People cast and staff which represents 20 countries and more than 25 states.

“It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Katie Walker, Up with People cast member.

The opportunity to stay with local families during their visit to 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 place to sleep, local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners. While they will be 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.

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In addition to the experiences with their new “son” or “daughter,” each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People Show which will be held at Eagle Valley High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.

“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 Walker. “I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends.”

Families with small 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, Walker added.

Local families are being sought to host the cast members between Feb. 10-17. Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Isaiah McGregory on the Vail Valley Advance Team at imcgregory@upwithpeople.org or by calling 719-424-6289.

Up with People’s visit to the valley is sponsored by Eagle County and the town of Gypsum; supporting sponsors Alpine Bank, Berkshire Hathaway, Colorado Tents & Events, Eagle Valley High School, Grace Ammo, Gypsum Creek Middle School, Red Hill Elementary School, Vail Valley Cares, and Vail Valley Jet Center. Vail Valley Youth Foundation is the beneficiary of the show.

Up with People is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization without any religious or political affiliations. It provides young adults international and intercultural experiences that teach 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 and the world while building bridges of understanding as a foundation for world peace. For more information visit http://www.upwithpeople.org.

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