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Impact Assessment 2012: Part I

Operation Groundswell was born in 2006 with the mission of developing the most ethical and affordable travel volunteer program. In the time since then, we have made connections with dozens of local communities, working, and living alongside like-minded individuals.

We decided to undertake an impact assessment to strategically measure our program model and perceived effectiveness from both the local partners’ perspective, as well as from past volunteers. The goals of this assessment are to look at what works, what doesn’t, and what volunteers are getting out of their OG experience.

This summer we conducted the first phase of this assessment, talking to and interviewing OG alumni who traveled with us to East Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, and the Middle East.

The second part of the assessment will be based on the feedback from our local community partners. An evaluation has already been created and will be distributed to our community project managers next summer in 2013.

Interested in what OG alumni have to say about our programs? Download our Impact Assessment 2012 report here.


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