[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] At Operation Groundswell, we yearn for a more just and equitable world. On a normal day, you can find us taking people out of their comfort zones to learn from a global community of change-makers around the world....

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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] an interview with Emma, by Caroline W Last week, we sat down with Megan to hear about her Adventure in Guatemala. We're back with another interview with an OG Alum - Emma! Here's what she had to say about...

by Nate Van Haute My group and I at La Ventana, one of the highest points in Guatemala. Here we had a view of massive volcanoes before finishing our hike in Todos Santos. Everyone I met in Guatemala during my Operation Groundswell program had a story to...

I wasn't sure what to expect as I embarked to Tanzania with Operation Groundswell. Approaching the trip, my knowledge was limited. I knew that it would be winter in Africa. I knew that there were giraffes and elephants and lions to encounter. ...

As you begin reading this, take a moment - pick up a map of the world - find Tibet. Chances are, you will not be able to find it. In fact, a week ago, I wouldn't have been able to tell you where Tibet was either....

A Letter from Our Executive Director

Let's not beat around the bush... We've just wrapped up our 8th summer of operations around the world, and already, our newly-minted backpacktivists have been reaching out to us looking for ways to get involved in the OG community. There is nothing more refreshing and inspiring for myself and for all the staff at OG to see this. To see and know that we are developing and building an educational experience that deeply impacts young adults far beyond the summer. To see that we are, slowly but surely, accomplishing our mission of changing the way the world travels. The ongoing energy, commitment, and generosity of our growing community of ethical travellers is a source of inspiration for me and even more so today. Today, I am incredibly proud to announce that our network of alumni and other friendly backpackers have come together to create the Groundswell Education Fund to enable more young leaders around the world to partake in an OG program.

The Groundswell Education Fund is a registered Canadian charity that provides scholarships for exceptional young people to engage in cross-cultural collaborations, get involved in meaningful community service, and develop the skills to apply those lessons back home.

Why is this so important?