Central America

Isabel Toc Quic: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Hands that give color, life and meaning to the traditional huipiles of San Juan la Laguna. Doña Isabel Toc Quic is originally from San Juan la Laguna, she is 50 years

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Central America

Henry Chavajay: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Juan Henry Chavajay: a Maya Tzutujil painter and muralist who uses his art to raise environmental awareness and protest political injustice. Juan Henry Mendez Chavajay is a young Tz’utujil Maya

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Central America

Bonnie Chavajay: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Bonnie Chavajay: a young community educator is showing kids in San Juan that nature, nutrition, and health education can be FUN! Bonnie Maria Isabel Chavajay Cholotio is a young Tz’utujil Mayan

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Central America

Brenda Peneleu: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Brenda Sucely Garcia Peneleu. A young Tz’utujil Maya activist from San Pedro la Laguna is using recycling to empower women and clean up Lago Atitlan. Brenda Sucely Garcia Peneleu is

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Central America

Lesly Bizarro: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Lesly Bizarro, a young indigenous Tzutujil breaks social paradigms through her academic preparation and perseverance. Lesly Maria Mendoza Bizarro is a 23-year-old from San Juan la Laguna. Lesly graduated as

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Central America

Ana Cholotio Hernandez: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Ana Cholotio Hernandez, a young Juanera businesswoman who combines her profession and her passion for street dogs. Ana Cholotio Hernandez is a young Juanera but has accomplished a lot in

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Central America

Juana Mendoza: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Juana Mendoza, part of two generations of Tz’utujil Mayan artisans preserving the ancestral knowledge and techniques of weaving and natural dyes. Doña Juana Mendoza is a Maya Tz’utujil woman and

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Central America

Mely Mendoza: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Mely Mendoza, a third generation musician who uses her voice to advocate for women’s rights and Tz’utujil culture in San Juan Laguna. Mely Mendoza is a young woman from San

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OG Headquarters

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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Central America

María Feliciana Ujpan Mendoza: Humans of Lake Atitlán

by Erwin Colli Chayax, OG’s Hub Administrator in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala. English Meet Mrs María Feliciana Ujpan Mendoza. She is originally from San Juan la Laguna and is 53 years old. Mrs Feliciana is a Mayan Spiritual Guide. She graduated from university with

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Alumni Network

The People who Change our Lives When we Travel

When we travel, we often remember the people and stories that changed our lives. I’ve been lucky to meet a number of such people in my adventures around the world. In the moment and days and sometimes weeks after a trip, I can’t stop thinking

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Alumni Network

Unlearning and Learning How to Travel with OG

An interview with Reid Hey Hey! My name is Reid, and I am from the United States! More specifically, I’m from Montana and even though it’s the fourth largest state in acres, it’s 44th in population.  Back in 2017, I went on the Peru: Secrets

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