Super Stars Welcome! The Up With People Experience

Enjoy the Super Bowl?

As entertaining as the game always is, not to mention the fresh new commercials, the highlight of any Super Bowl event for a lot of viewers is the half-time show.

Katy Perry Super Bowl
Katy Perry’s super bowl halftime performance

What a spectacle that is every year!  Take the world’s most popular pop/rock superstar(s), insert him/her/them into the flashy lights, dancers, colors and majestic pomp, and watch what happens!  It’s part of the fun not only to enjoy the amazing performance but also to see how the organizers outdo one another year after year.

Dig this: prior to the sound and lights extravaganza that comprises current Super Bowl halftime shows, the shows in 1976, 1980, 1982 and 1986 consisted of a group of Total. Unknowns.  It’s true!  These young and enthusiastic performers, as part of a group known as Up with People, had a goal of promoting international peace and unity through music.

Enjoy some vintage Up with People by clicking on the link, below:

This group may not have thrilled the throngs of game fans quite like U2, Prince, or Beyoncé, but they have enchanted hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world for five decades and counting.

You – yes, YOU! – can be a part of it today!

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Workaway: Volunteer Work Overseas

You, Doing You!  (Who doesn’t love choices?)  Workaway, Volunteer Work Overseas


A few weeks ago I shared an exciting volunteer abroad program called WWOOFin’ it, about working at a sustainable farm overseas.  In a nutshell, participants live and work a few hours a day on a farm in almost any corner of the world.  They receive room and board in exchange.

I got a lot of great feedback from readers, who thought WWOOFing sounded like a lot of fun.  I did too.

But I would never sign up for it. 

Farm Workaway
Although it IS truly lovely on many WWOOF farms

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WWOOFin’ It: How To Volunteer at Sustainable Farms All Around The World!


I’ve been working hard to try to find affordable volunteer programs for young folks.  Somewhat surprisingly, most coordinated programs involve a hefty fee for the volunteer to participate.  This is usually because the program organization fields year-round staff and support personnel.  They also need to pay to advertise their programs, and they sustain a lot of related costs such as transportation and office overhead.  Other than the Peace Corps and its ilk, inexpensive volunteer opportunities have been few and far between.  Until I heard of WWOOF, that is.

Bucolic, no?

What is WWOOF?

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.  As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.” –

Although you will not be paid, you do receive free room and board as well as the opportunity to get to know fellow participants from all over the world!

Meet some awesome animals, too 🙂

The program was founded in 1971 by a London secretary looking to take an active break from smoggy city living.  WWOOF farms, located all throughout the globe, seek help with a variety of sustainable living tasks.  You can choose to collect honey, feed farm animals, harvest crops, bake bread, build yurts, or so much more.  There’s really no limit as to what you can do as long as an organic farm has a need for it!

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