Author: Anna Cunningham

OG Headquarters

Beautiful Words from Our Alumni

We’ve being receiving an outpouring of love from our community, and we wanted to share those beautiful words with the world! Here is just a very small sample of the countless heartfelt messages recently sent our way:   “Being a part of this organization and

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South America

Just Getting Started

Holy smokes! It has been only a little over two weeks, and what an adventure it has been so far. From the busy city of Lima straight into the jungle, all while traveling in style – a 30-hour bus ride, crammed combis (vans) on windy roads, and a three day ride on a shipping boat down the Amazon River.  

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Southeast Asia

Reflection on Agriculture and Climate Change

My passion for agriculture started in a classroom discussing a food system I had grown up in: the industrial food system of the U.S. I was familiar with the pitfalls of this system, from animal welfare to longterm food supply sustainability.

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South America

The Lighthouse

After spending a few nights in Miraflores and absolutely falling in love with the charm and passion of this city,  Landon and I walked down to the lighthouse overlooking the water and wrote this song.

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West Africa

International “Aid”

Before writing this, it is important to note that I cannot represent the voices of my entire group, and others may have different outlooks than I do about what we’ve seen or what we’re doing.

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Southeast Asia

A New Insight on Change

Upon completing my undergrad thesis on alternative and sustainable learning environments, my conclusion deciphered how the presence of change within our society could be most effectively achieved amongst children.

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South America

Community Day

On one of our last nights at Kausay Punku, we had “community day” with the community of Maska. All of us staying at the farm went up to the local soccer field to play with the kids. First we played a soccer game against them, then we watched them play each other.

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Southeast Asia

Finding Comfort in the Kitchen

As a person who can’t say that they have ever taken a legitimate cooking class, I wasn’t really sure on what to expect when I headed into my first one at “Cooking at Home” in Chiang Mai. However I can confidently say that I was very pleasantly surprised at not only the quality, but also the format in which it was provided.

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Middle East

Top 10 Defining Songs of 2017 OG Middle East – Team One

As Plato once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” What would Titanic be without “My Heart Will Go On,” Ghostbusters without “Who You Gonna Call,” or Singing in the Rain without… well, “Singing in the Rain”?

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Southeast Asia

The Authenticity Dilemma

It’s my first night in Cambodia and I find myself on the rooftop patio at a hostel in Battambang eating dinner with a few other travelers. We are sharing stories about our latest adventures, describing our favorite meals, and talking about our future destinations — the typical backpacker stuff.

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Southeast Asia

Feathered Nest

One day my feathered nest was set ablaze
All the ways
In which it changed me
are tragically amazing.

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South America

Inspiration in the Amazon

Holy smokes! It’s been only a little over two weeks and what an adventure it’s been so far. From the busy city of Lima to straight into the jungle, all while traveling in style: a 30-hour bus ride, crammed combis (vans) on windy roads, and a three-day ride on a shipping boat down the Amazon River.

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South Asia

India = Listening

The silver lining in long layovers – time for reflection.

For me, India: Mind & Body was all about listening. It began with listening to myself; listening to my soul, my true intentions, and my passions. Being true to myself and seeking new perspectives that challenged me in a way that my life in San Diego simply could not. This engagement with listening evolved throughout the program, and listening to myself was only one component.

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South America

¿Underwear Flipping?

Our Bolivia: Lands & Livelihoods team created a ‘zine together, filled with little gems like this list filled with wildly differing opinions. Backpacking makes us consider some things we would never have thought possible… 

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