Travel Journal

Notes from the field

Growing up, all I ever wanted was to be in charge - the person standing at the podium; the one at the front of the pack; the one calling the shots. As long as I can remember, I thought of leadership as a single point: only one person can be the team captain, only one can be at the top of the class, the pillar of guidance, the holder of answers, the torch bearer, the prom queen. In retrospect, being a leader felt more defined by being followed than truly leading. By being heard than listening. By making decisions than being ok with having your mind changed....

Written by Eyal Rosenblum, Executive Director of Operation Groundswell Last year I had the opportunity to hear the brilliant lawyer, writer, and activist, Bryan Stevenson, speak at the NAFSA conference for International Educators. Bryan is an extremely gifted speaker and a thoughtful, humble human. He......

Written by Marika Sword, OGHQ Eco-bricks. Bottle Bricks. Recycled bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. This is what brought OG to a small indigenous Q’eqchi Maya community by the name of Tzibal. Working alongside a grassroots organization, our 2011 Guatemala team helped to construct new school......

We spent our first few days in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This city is a sensory overload; flashes of a city young in age but old in culture. ...

Every year, our Alumni Project Fund provides kick-starter grants to ignite solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems. We’ve put together a couple of videos to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Project Fund but were too afraid to......

2016, amirite?! Every once in a while, a headline pops up in the news that makes me seriously question my own grip on reality. 2016 had, like, a hundred of them....

This is a story of a badass group of women in Kenya leading the charge to create change within their community. Pamoja Tuinuke, a farmers empowerment program based out of Nyeri, was united and founded by women-led self-help groups spread across thirty-eight communities to address local issues. These women are actively solving problems with innovative solutions while simultaneously serving as an example to young girls and other women around them to assume leadership positions....

It is a typically chilly night in Jerusalem. It is the Sabbath, and as I stand on my balcony gazing out into the city, I’m struck by the silence the Sabbath brings. Shops are closed, the streets are devoid of the weekly bustle, and there is a rare atmosphere of peace in a city shrouded in conflict....

For the second year in a row, OG is teaming up with the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) – the premier conference for women travel bloggers, global explorers, and travel industry entrepreneurs! Organized by Wanderful, WITS aims to create an empowering and supportive environment for women......

Our participants have been roaming the world; from Iquitos deep in the Peruvian Amazon to the bustling city of Accra, and from the riverside of Phnom Penh to the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, they've been taking us with them. We've been blown away by this year's photo competition submissions! ...