Families in Statesboro have the opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes next month when the international cast of Up with People arrives in Statesboro, the fourth stop on their 2015 fall world tour.
Host families are needed to house one or more students from the 120-member Up with People cast, which represents 20 countries, between Monday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 31.
"It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own," said Paty Salazar, promotion representative for Up with People.
The opportunity to stay with local families during their time 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, cast members also share their experiences and cultures.
Anyone interested in hosting a cast member during the Aug. 24-31 period they will be in Statesboro is asked to contact Chelsea Glosser on the Statesboro Advance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (216) 258-8181.
Local host families are asked to provide a place to sleep and local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners. While cast members will be gone during the day, participating in regional learning, community service and show preparation, most evenings, they will be home with their host families to participate in their activities and interests.
In addition to many experiences with their new "son" or "daughter," each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People's newest production, "The Journey."
The show features historical highlights from throughout Up with People's 50-year existence, including pop medleys from the last five decades and a medley of international dances. Original songs will introduce timeless themes and include messages of hope, movement peace and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world.
The show will be held at Statesboro High School on Friday, Aug. 28.
"I can honestly say that the dozens of families who have opened their homes to me during my time in Up with People is one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences I have had," Salazar said. "I still stay in contact with many of them, and I believe they will remain lifelong friends."
Those with smaller children or young teens in their home often find that 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 Statesboro, Salazar said.
Up with People's visit to Statesboro is supported by ticket sponsors Debbie and Lee Walker; Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield and Deal, CPAs; Ashley and Todd Manack; the Averitt Center; McCook's Pharmacy; the Statesboro Rotary Club and Statesboro Properties - Nick Propps, as well as community partner Statesboro ENT and Sinus Center, with media support provided by the Statesboro Herald and Northland Communications.