We partner with local organizations that exist before we arrive, appreciate our support during our time there, and will continue their work after we leave. Though we get our hands dirty on community-requested projects, more of our time is spent learning from our partners to understand the underlying issues and challenges they face.
– Fiona Kiernan, OG 2010
Our programs explore important local and global issues through the eyes of the activists, organizations, and communities trying to tackle them. Our Program Leaders and local partners facilitate meaningful discussions and mind-blowing workshops that will challenge you to think critically about what it means to make a difference.
We organize a thoughtful itinerary for every day of travel. Multi-day treks through the mountains, meetings with local activists, friendly homestays, and delicious local food. We pack every program with these little daily details so that you can get the most out of your experience.
– Hannah Hirsz, OG 2012
A close-knit group of 6-14 people allows for the perfect blend of intimacy, flexibility, and challenge. Small teams are more sustainable for our hosts and provide access to places that big tours just can’t reach. Traveling together as a group also allows us to hear new perspectives and learn from each other’s diverse experiences.
Your Pick the Program
Pick a program and make it private, or work with us to build your very own custom itinerary. Is there a special place you want to go, theme you want to explore or partner you want to meet? Let’s chat!
You Pick the People
Travel where you want, when you want and with whom you want. All you need is 5 friends, we’ll give you an immersive adventure, and you’ll get the peace of mind that comes from backpacking with your own bubble.
You Get the Savings
Find 5 friends and you go free OR if you’re feeling generous, we’ll give everyone in your bubble a 15% discount! That’s up $6000 in savings for a group of 10. We can also price a custom program just for you.
Our goal is to facilitate experiences, not manufacture them. Our Program Leaders will show you how to thrive in a new country during your time together. Our longest programs provide Independent Travel Time so that you can put your newly developed skills to the test and explore a new place in your own way.
– Kandace Parks, OG 2013
We know that the cost of international travel can be high, but we’ve committed ourselves to offering something that everyone can access, regardless of their economic situation or background.
– Marlee Huston, OG 2014