Author: Operation Groundswell

It always starts with an idea. Everything does. Show the people the world. Provide life-changing experiences. Create lasting change in developing world communities. Sounds easy, right? From the beginning, Operation Groundswell resonated strongly among every young person we spoke with. With the growth of volunteer tourism,...

Greetings loyal OG followers, As the winter blues continue to torment us in the office, we are constantly dreaming of warmer places and happy faces. To pass the time, we've whipped up a quick little video slideshow that will hopefully wet your appetite for the upcoming...

After a grueling couple of weeks, we finally have a winner! The pictures in this photo comp truly blew us out of the water this year. It was such a beautiful snapshot of the incredible adventures that OGers have been a part of over...

They came from far and wide. From the Andes mountains of Peru, the tropical beaches of Ghana, the prairies of Saskatchewan and the concrete jungles of Boston and Toronto. Gathering at a cottage just north of Lake Simcoe, Operation Groundswell hosted its 3rd annual Trip...

Coming off of our incredibly successful inaugural trip, OG Peru Winter Break 2011 has come to a close, but this certainly isn't the end! In only two weeks we did and saw more than anyone could have imagined and can't wait to share it all...

"Na Sonje" (We will remember) - Haitian Kreyol expression You were sitting at school or at work. It was almost 5 pm. Time to check out. Head home, relax, unwind. Somebody mentioned something about an earthquake on the news. You figured it probably wasn't that bad....

Music beats from moto-taxis entangle with the distant barks of dogs in another warm Peruvian summer night. Just a few hours ago, we have watched a breathtakingly beautiful sunset at the penthouse of the Pisco Sin Fronteras (PSF) compound, which we have called home for...

Written by Emily O´Brien, University of Guelph, Dedicated OGer since December 26th 2011! After fully recovering from the grueling, yet amazingly epic trek through the Colca Canyon, us OGers were ready for our next stop in the town of Pîsco. Although we were excited...

As the weather begins dipping below that magical freezing point, our thoughts begin to wander to warmer, beachier places. Groundswell HQ is feeling the freeze no thanks to the performance of our lukewarm heating system. If water was at this room temperature, it would definitely...

Greetings from Peru! This blog post comes to all our friends and family a bit later than planned and we apologize: We were too busy conquering THE WORLD´S DEEPEST CANYON!! After three days trekking through the Colca Canyon, the OG Peru Winter Break crew has arrived...

People are busy. We live in a world that often defines your worth by how busy you are. The busier you are, the more important you must be. Many of us strive towards a busy life, and often forget along the way, what it means...

Just yesterday, I had sent an email out to a professor, asking her to forward on information about our trip. When I popped open Gmail just a few minutes later, I got a response. All it said was "Please read the attached document, written in...

Operation Groundswell wants to meet you. And we want you to meet us. That's why we're kicking off an info session tour this November. Come and say hi! University When? Where? University of Guelph Wed. Nov 16 @ 5:00pm Mackinnon Room 228 McGill University Tues Nov 22 @ 12:00pm Bronfman Mgm't Building Room...

Tzibal is a small indigenous village located about two kilometers from Campur in what I affectionately call Guatemala’s “egg carton hills” but don’t try to find it on a map. There are about 380 Q'eqchi' residents who rely on the farming of coffee, cardamom, bananas,...