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Breaking Ground and Building a Brighter Future with Tzibal

Eco-bricks. Bottle Bricks. Recycled bottles stuffed with inorganic trash.

This is what brought OG to a small indigenous Q’eqchi Maya community by the name of Tzibal. Working alongside a grassroots organization, our 2011 Guatemala team helped to construct new school rooms for the community.

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Discovering Dhaka

We spent our first few days in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This city is a sensory overload; flashes of a city young in age but old in culture.

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2016’s been a rough one…

2016, amirite?! Every once in a while, a headline pops up in the news that makes me seriously question my own grip on reality. 2016 had, like, a hundred of them.

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It All Starts with a Cow: 2016 Alumni Project Fund Winner

This is a story of a badass group of women in Kenya leading the charge to create change within their community.
Pamoja Tuinuke, a farmers empowerment program based out of Nyeri, was united and founded by women-led self-help groups spread across thirty-eight communities to address local issues. These women are actively solving problems with innovative solutions while simultaneously serving as an example to young girls and other women around them to assume leadership positions.

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The Truth Can Look A Little Messy

It is a typically chilly night in Jerusalem. It is the Sabbath, and as I stand on my balcony gazing out into the city, I’m struck by the silence the Sabbath brings. Shops are closed, the streets are devoid of the weekly bustle, and there is a rare atmosphere of peace in a city shrouded in conflict.

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WINNERS OF OG’S 7TH ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION

Our participants have been roaming the world; from Iquitos deep in the Peruvian Amazon to the bustling city of Accra, and from the riverside of Phnom Penh to the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, they’ve been taking us with them. We’ve been blown away by this year’s photo competition submissions!

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Life’s Gift: Potatoes, Oreos, and Peanut Butter in the Himalayas

Travel changes your perspective on everything, potatoes included. It turns out that all it took to give this underappreciated root some more love was a gruelling 6-day trek through sun-drenched valleys and rugged desert mountains, ice-cold rivers, and a climb up to a 17,000 foot high mountain pass.

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Description of Chahuay

Arriving to wooden cabins facing a beautiful, still lake, surrounded by mountains, all while being greeted by the neighbouring community: Welcome to Chahuay! A beautiful, surreal place with many adventurous opportunities!

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OG Redefines

OG redefines friendship by selecting some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. We’re a family. Not that Jim and Becca are our mum and dad, but that they, too, are two of my newest 14 siblings.

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Lessons on Mindfulness – Escondido en la selva

It’s not every day you get to experience something utterly surreal. For me, surreal was spending three nights on a boat meandering down the Amazon River, sleeping in a hammock under the stars while watching fireflies dance among the treetops, to eventually arrive at our temporary home that was tucked away in the jungle.

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The Killing Fields

My first steps onto the premises of the S-21 Prison were some of the most impactful. It once was a school; at first I didn’t even believe we were at the prison. How could something that seemed so helpless and fragile be used for a purpose so cruel, so gruesome?

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Machu Picchu

Our journey from Cusco to great ruins of Machu Picchu could be compared to the Andes around us – full of highs and lows, mountain peaks and valleys. The seven-hour bus ride to Hydroelectrico gave us our first glimpses into the unending beauty of the Sacred Valley. Along the way, we reached an altitude of 4,200m, which is mighty high up into the clouds for a sea-level Hostonian.

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Not in Kansas

“Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

We arrived in Delhi around midnight in the heart of monsoon season. The humidity was heavy, the heat stifling, and horns were honking. People lined the streets. From the moment we stepped out of the arrivals section of the airport, we knew the adventure would be nonstop.

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