Author: Operation Groundswell

It has been a glorious week in Toronto. The office crew is in high gear keeping up with trips already on the ground in Kenya, India, Ghana, Peru, Haiti, and Guatemala. When we aren’t drooling over mangoes and kiliwili or imagining what it’s like to...

The OGWAGH trip has started and all is well here in Ghana. After two intro days in Accra - filled with exploration, money exchanging, and a rather zealous visit from street artists - we trekked up to the Volta Region for our orientation in beautiful...

After Jeremy, Michelle and I bused and tro tro-ed from North to South, ate our way through groundnut stews and mangoes, got some Azunto dance lessons from the streets and lived without power ("it is lights out") in our home-way-from-home in Sandema, we are now...

In less than 12 hours, OG Haiti Grassroots Engineering will begin! All of our preparations are complete and we're super stoked that our team is arriving very soon. We won't bore you with too long an update but there's a couple quick moments that are...

It is the same thing every time. A gasp, and a look of puzzlement before they say something like, “You’re not going abroad? Aren’t you sad that you aren’t doing anything cool?” After 5 years of traveling in East Africa, West Africa, and South America, people...

Today is the day. Our first two participants for OGEA 2012 touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi tonight, and Muneeb and I couldn't be more excited! The past two weeks have been a blur of long overland bus rides, many cups of sweet...

From the Amazon of the north down to the southern Andes, in the past two weeks we have literally crossed the entirety of Peru in preparation for Operation Groundswell's second year in this incredible country. Bridging on our success from last year, we anxiously await...

Alan and Norbu spend 86 hours in transit, from the heart of Nepal to the most isolated city in India. The views weren't bad along the way, neither were the clothing purchases. We're looking forward to sharing the ride with the Late Summer India/Nepal...

The hospitality here is unlike anywhere else in the world. For those of you coming out, you're in for a treat. Last night was an epic night. Picture sleeping in a Castle overlooking a breath taking coastline. You go down to the ocean to play,...

Kigali - Kampala Muneeb and I touched down at Kigali International Airport on Monday night, ready to hit the ground running. Instead, it felt like all we did during our first two days in Rwanda was wait in lines. We waited over an hour upon arrival...

A Town, City, and country, I have missed so much, has welcomed me back with open arms and open hearts! A place where you step in, and feel a lack of those simple comforts of home, a place where the heat can be unbearable, and you're not...

Norbu explains how when he went to school in Jampaling there was never any light at night, his uncle Tashi leads us back towards their families’ home, large groups of fireflies swirl on a stretch of black farmland, community farmland that can be shared by...