After nine years of running programs, Operation Groundswell has worked with some incredible organizations on projects that have shaped, changed, and motivated everyone involved. 2015 was no exception; this past year we saw more projects that inspired participants, encouraged partners, and positively impacted communities around...

With over a thousand applications pouring in for our summer programs, we are so excited to announce that we have our early bird winner! Eleanor Hein was randomly selected as our early bird winner, which means her round-trip flight to join our Guatemala: Mayan Roots team is...

OG is headed to California, baby!! That's right! We've teamed up with the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) - the premier conference for women travel bloggers, global explorers, and travel industry entrepreneurs! Organized by the good folks at Wanderful, WITS aims to create an empowering and...

We're excited to announce that anyone who applies before our early bird deadline on February 26 will be automagically entered in a raffle to win a free trip with OG. All you gotta do is tell us where you wanna go. It's really that easy!...

My worldview was shaped early on by those around me. I grew up in a suburb as an upper middle-class Jew with immigrant parents and my family, friends, and, to some extent, school largely impacted my views. Growing up I would often catch myself judging...

From the Serengeti to the cobblestone streets of Antigua, from the Spiti Valley to the active volcanos of Bali, it's been a wild ride around the world through photography! We've been so dazzled by this year's submissions that have captured vistas, faces, and moments in such breathtaking...

We're excited to announce that our Shout Out contest winner is Shelbie Huard! She's getting a cool $750 discount on her Fair Trade program in Guatemala! Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Eric, had the fun job of giving her a call to break the happy news. Her...

Each year our Refer-A-Buddy program rewards team members who educate their peers on backpacking with a purpose. Bring a friend, schoolmate, or complete stranger on an OG program and we'll kick you back with a $100 gift card to MEC or REI....

We're excited to announce that anyone who applies before our early bird deadline on February 26 will be automagically entered in a raffle to win a free trip with OG. All you gotta do is tell us where you wanna go. It's really that easy!...