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Meet Ishita: the Heart of Spiti Ecosphere

by Evelyn Murray, a retired OG Program Leader for India! This article is part of the #MeetGroundswell series of posts where we share the stories of the people who make up the Operation Groundswell community.  Meet Ishita Khanna. Ishita started the organization Ecosphere, a social

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Statement on Social and Racial Justice in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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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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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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Learning with Students for a Free Tibet

Every June 20th, the United Nations recognizes and commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world through World Refugee Day. This day, first observed in 2001, was created to bring awareness to the plight of refugees around the world and send a message to governments that they must do their share to support and assist refugees.

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Southeast Asia

At Home with Elephants

Over the past few decades, travel in Southeast Asia has become almost synonymous with elephant rides, posing some serious ethical concerns around the care for these endangered species. At OG, finding an ethical way to interact with these gentle giants was and continues to be of utmost importance to us.

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What Makes A Leader? Reflections on Our Annual Training Retreat

Growing up, all I ever wanted was to be in charge – the person standing at the podium; the one at the front of the pack; the one calling the shots. As long as I can remember, I thought of leadership as a single point: only one person can be the team captain, only one can be at the top of the class, the pillar of guidance, the holder of answers, the torch bearer, the prom queen.

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Southeast Asia

Staying Proximate: Fighting Longer, Harder, and Smarter

Last year I had the opportunity to hear the brilliant lawyer, writer, and activist, Bryan Stevenson, speak at the NAFSA conference for International Educators. Bryan is an extremely gifted speaker and a thoughtful, humble human. He took to the podium and his message was clear: the only way to stay inspired in the work, the only way to ensure that the work you are doing is truly good, is to be proximate.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About the Alumni Project Fund

Every year, our Alumni Project Fund provides kick-starter grants to ignite solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems. We’ve put together a couple of videos to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Project Fund but were too afraid to

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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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Catch OG at the Women in Travel Summit!

For the second year in a row, OG is teaming up with the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) – the premier conference for women travel bloggers, global explorers, and travel industry entrepreneurs! Organized by Wanderful, WITS aims to create an empowering and supportive environment for women

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