Bring the World Home

Host an Up with People Cast Member | Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

Media Release

Up with People is seeking host families for one or more students from the 100-member Up with People cast, which represents 20 countries.  “It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Hidde Meurs, Promotion Representative for Up with People. Families will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their homes between September 24 and October 1 when the international cast of Up with People arrives in Stillwater, a stop on their 2018 world tour.

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, most evenings cast members will be home with the family to participate in their activities and interests.

In addition, each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to Up with People’s newest production, Live On Tour. The show features entertaining pop medleys, international dances, and original Up With People songs that inspire people to make a positive difference in their communities. The show will be held at the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

“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,” said Meurs. “I have host brothers and sisters all over the world, and still stay in contact with many of them,” he added.

Local families in the Stillwater area are being sought to host the cast members from September 24 to October 1, 2018. Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Hidde Meursat at or call 720-487-7867.

Up with People’s visit to Stillwater is sponsored by Oklahoma State University and Visit Stillwater. All ticket proceeds of the show will fund OSU student scholarships.

Additional information about Up With People’s visit to Stillwater and ticket sales are available at

About Up with People:

Up with People is a global education organization that empowers young people to be positive agents of change in their communities and the world. Through a unique blend of music, social action, and international travel, Up With People impacts communities for the better while providing youth the knowledge and experience they need for today’s complex global environment.  For more than 50 years Up with People has been breaking down cultural barriers and enhancing understanding to help create a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world. Learn more at