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It has been a glorious week in Toronto. The office crew is in high gear keeping up with trips already on the ground in Kenya, India, Ghana, Peru, Haiti, and Guatemala. When we aren’t drooling over mangoes and kiliwili or imagining what it’s like to...

It is the same thing every time. A gasp, and a look of puzzlement before they say something like, “You’re not going abroad? Aren’t you sad that you aren’t doing anything cool?” After 5 years of traveling in East Africa, West Africa, and South America, people...

It always starts with an idea. Everything does. Show the people the world. Provide life-changing experiences. Create lasting change in developing world communities. Sounds easy, right? From the beginning, Operation Groundswell resonated strongly among every young person we spoke with. With the growth of volunteer tourism,...

Greetings loyal OG followers, As the winter blues continue to torment us in the office, we are constantly dreaming of warmer places and happy faces. To pass the time, we've whipped up a quick little video slideshow that will hopefully wet your appetite for the upcoming...

After a grueling couple of weeks, we finally have a winner! The pictures in this photo comp truly blew us out of the water this year. It was such a beautiful snapshot of the incredible adventures that OGers have been a part of over...

They came from far and wide. From the Andes mountains of Peru, the tropical beaches of Ghana, the prairies of Saskatchewan and the concrete jungles of Boston and Toronto. Gathering at a cottage just north of Lake Simcoe, Operation Groundswell hosted its 3rd annual Trip...

"Na Sonje" (We will remember) - Haitian Kreyol expression You were sitting at school or at work. It was almost 5 pm. Time to check out. Head home, relax, unwind. Somebody mentioned something about an earthquake on the news. You figured it probably wasn't that bad....

As the weather begins dipping below that magical freezing point, our thoughts begin to wander to warmer, beachier places. Groundswell HQ is feeling the freeze no thanks to the performance of our lukewarm heating system. If water was at this room temperature, it would definitely...

People are busy. We live in a world that often defines your worth by how busy you are. The busier you are, the more important you must be. Many of us strive towards a busy life, and often forget along the way, what it means...

Just yesterday, I had sent an email out to a professor, asking her to forward on information about our trip. When I popped open Gmail just a few minutes later, I got a response. All it said was "Please read the attached document, written in...

Operation Groundswell wants to meet you. And we want you to meet us. That's why we're kicking off an info session tour this November. Come and say hi! University When? Where? University of Guelph Wed. Nov 16 @ 5:00pm Mackinnon Room 228 McGill University Tues Nov 22 @ 12:00pm Bronfman Mgm't Building Room...

Jonah's thoughts from his scouting mission to Haiti. Pretty amazing stuff.   "It's complicated." That's the long and short of the general consensus here in Haiti. I've heard this simple summation of Haiti's tumultous history, bleak present and even murkier future from the most pessimistic SUV driving...