WE’RE SPARKING A MOVEMENT OF SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS AND GLOBALLY ACTIVE TRAVELERS

NOT YOUR COOKIE-CUTTER VACATION

Immersive Experience

Get off-the-beaten path and dive deep into the places you go. Try delicious local food with new friends, practice a different language, and find a second home with a local family.

Meaningful Service

Avoid the pitfalls of feel-good projects that don’t make a real impact. Learn from our local partners and allies while you work under their leadership on their priorities.

 

Guided Discovery

Climb to epic heights, shake hands with local change-makers and explore the nooks and crannies of a new place with two knowledgeable Program Leaders by your side.

Hands-on Learning

Join farmers in their fields, get involved with local organizations, and hold onto the stories of the people you meet. Challenge your preconceptions and find out just how much you’re capable of doing.

THE WORLD IS WAITING. MEET IT WITH CONFIDENCE.

We want travel to be a force for good which means the health and safety of our global community is our top priority. That’s why we’ve taken extra steps to protect everyone from our participants and Program Leaders to local partners and host communities. So, when you’re ready to travel again, we’re ready to help you meet it with confidence.
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Risk Management the OG way

We’ve taken OG’s best-in-the-biz risk management system and made it even better. We’ve received the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travel stamp and continue to follow the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s health and safety guidelines.

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UNIVERSAL DEPOSITS AND NO CHANGE FEES

We’ve introduced Universal Deposits. That means that your deposit with OG guarantees you a place on an OG program, period. If you need to change your travel plans, you can, for any reason, no questions asked, and at no additional charge. Seriously!

Where Do You Want to Go?

From the heights of the Himalayas and Andes to the depths of the Amazon jungle and the shores of the Indian Ocean and Caribbean Sea, we go off-the-beaten-path to some of the world’s most fascinating places.

What Do You Want to Explore?

Each OG program has its own theme, style and flow but every one is jam packed full of immersive adventure, meaningful service, and hands-on learning.

bubble up with a custom program

Your Pick the Program

Pick a program and make it private, or work with us to build your very own custom itinerary. Is there a special place you want to go, theme you want to explore or partner you want to meet? Let’s chat!

You Pick the People

Travel where you want, when you want and with whom you want.  All you need is 4 friends, we’ll give you an immersive adventure, and you’ll get the peace of mind that comes from backpacking with your own bubble.

You Get the Savings

For private groups of four and five, everyone gets 10% off the regular program price and if you find 5 friends, you get to go for free OR everyone in your group gets 20% off. That’s up to $6000 in savings for a group of 10.

ACCESSIBLE, RESPONSIBLE AND IMMERSIVE ADVENTURE IS OUR MISSION

Be Prepared to Change

“These programs can change not only your outlook on serious world issues, but they make you take a good long hard look at yourself. You may never be the same again.”

Natasha, India 2013

Full Life Livin'

“If you want to learn and experience LIFE, join the OG train!”

Cassandra, Guatemala 2020

Conscientiousness

Respect

“Never would I have thought I would have learned so much about Canada while being on a trip to Peru! The kindness that all the people we have worked with showed, allowed for our entire group to become closer as a family.”

Ida, Peru 2020

Humility

“Expect a life-changing, intense, cultural experience that will challenge you physically and mentally, and leave you with a wider mind and heart.

Jonathan, India 2018

Solidarity

Group Focus

“The perspective gained on this journey blew my already high expectations out of the water. Lifelong connections and friendships gained on this trip will be forever cherished.”

Spencer, Guatemala 2018

Thirst for Learning

“Travelling and exploring Guatemala for a week with OG was an outstanding experience. The amount of personal growth and learning I experienced in such a short period was totally unexpected, but absolutely amazing.”

Isaac, Guatemala 2020

Leadership

“Peru was the perfect place to explore and reflect. Through volunteering, exploring, and making connections I have found a new meaning to 'leading with kindness'.”

Britney, Peru 2020

Be Prepared to Change

“These programs can change not only your outlook on serious world issues, but they make you take a good long hard look at yourself. You may never be the same again.”

Natasha, India 2013

Full Life Livin'

“If you want to learn and experience LIFE, join the OG train!”

Cassandra, Guatemala 2020

Conscientiousness

Respect

“Never would I have thought I would have learned so much about Canada while being on a trip to Peru! The kindness that all the people we have worked with showed, allowed for our entire group to become closer as a family.”

Ida, Peru 2020

Humility

“Expect a life-changing, intense, cultural experience that will challenge you physically and mentally, and leave you with a wider mind and heart.

Jonathan, India 2018

Solidarity

Group Focus

“The perspective gained on this journey blew my already high expectations out of the water. Lifelong connections and friendships gained on this trip will be forever cherished.”

Spencer, Guatemala 2018

Thirst for Learning

“Travelling and exploring Guatemala for a week with OG was an outstanding experience. The amount of personal growth and learning I experienced in such a short period was totally unexpected, but absolutely amazing.”

Isaac, Guatemala 2020

Leadership

“Peru was the perfect place to explore and reflect. Through volunteering, exploring, and making connections I have found a new meaning to 'leading with kindness'.”

Britney, Peru 2020

Here's how we did in 2019-20

We want to keep learning, improving, and evolving. Feedback from Program Leaders, local partners and our participants is a big part of how we grow as an organization. On a scale of 1-100, here’s a snapshot of what our participants thought about their OG adventures…
COST VS. VALUE
93%

We’re committed to people before profits. Learn more about our Financial Support options.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
97%

What does Backpacking With a Purpose really mean? Here’s what to expect on at OG program.

LOCAL IMMERSION
96%

Get ready to be warmly welcomed into the lives of our local partners. Check out where we go.

If Not Now, Then When?

THE WORLD IS CHANGING. HELP CHANGE IT FOR THE BETTER.
JOIN THE GROWING COMMUNITY OF ETHICAL TRAVELLERS.

20% off

ON all programs with February-April 2022 start dates

USE THE CODE CYBER21 WHEN YOU APPLY