Are you a student looking to organize an alternative spring break for your campus club? An educator developing an international course module to complement your existing curriculum? A young professional planning a corporate retreat? Backpacking isn’t the only way to have an ethical, immersive travel experience. We have years of experience creating programs for groups who want to get their hands dirty during the day but are looking for a warm, comfortable bed at night.
Our dedicated staff will work with you to create a custom itinerary that is intimate and innovative while meeting the distinct interests and needs of your group. Programs can range from a few days to months and can include volunteer projects, immersive homestays, off-the-grid treks, and much more.
Developing your own program begins by filling out a preliminary interest form (scroll below!) to give us a better idea of what you’re looking for. Once we’ve received this, we will get in touch with you to establish your program’s goals and design an itinerary. With your direction, we will liaise with in-country personnel and partners to create a program that embodies your vision and OG’s philosophy of ethical travel.
Our organization was founded on the principle of accessibility. We develop affordable programs that pack in full days of adventure, cross-cultural dialogue, and meaningful community service.
From the modest office where we’ll plan your adventure to the fresh licuado you’ll savour in Guatemala, your program fee secures a high-quality experience for a reasonable price.
Operation Groundswell has been instrumental in helping us ensure the safety of our students participating in their programs. Over the past three years we have relied on their safety policies, experience, and preparedness to effectively respond to any emergencies or challenges that may come up on the ground while our groups are abroad. From the care that goes into the planning of their participant safety prior to the program, to the training of their staff, to the safety and contingency planning of their daily activities, we have selected them with the confidence of knowing we can rely on them to support and care for our students. … all while providing a seamless on the ground experience where the safety and contingency planning goes unnoticed by participants.
I came to Guatemala hoping to learn about how the country’s coffee industry works, how it fits into the larger global coffee industry, also have a chance to experience Guatemala’s culture and communities in a more authentic way than I could my own. OG created an itinerary that accomplished all this and allowed me to truly connect with the people and the culture. OG’s leadership did an amazing job of affording us the opportunity to experience a new country in a way that connected us to the people behind the purely intellectual questions most of us had going into the trip.
OG’s coffee program provided a multi-faceted introduction to an immensely complicated industry. In only one week, I heard direct perspectives from a broad range of players – government policy-makers, small-scale farmers, and major exporters. The experience exceeded my expectations in intellectual rigor, emotional growth, and fun.
We’ve been lucky enough to work with some wonderful groups who have asked us to design and run a diverse range of programming. From independent studies, to alternative student breaks, to project management, we’ve covered quite a bit of ground.