Author: Operation Groundswell

We will begin with a moment of mourning for Africa's chances in the world cup. We cheered, we cried, we hugged, we gasped, we got in the fetal position and we cried a bit more. It was a good run for Ghana and it was...

It is with great sadness that we write this final blog post for the OG Southeast Asia Discovery program. After spending six amazing weeks together, the group is now safely back in Canada. We've tried to write a final blog update several times, but each...

Greetings from the holy land! Our first wave of participants have arrived and this trip has gotten off to a pretty spectacular start. Rich got in at 5:25am and is somehow still awake, God knows how. Everybody made it through security in a secure...

It has been an eventful 10 days to say the least. The team all arrived in Nairobi in the evening on June 21st and shuttled to the hostel for a late night dinner and bed. The next day we had our "chill day" the plan was...

and OGWAM has eagerly taken its first step into Ghana! I arrived yesterday night, greeted at the airport by the gentlemanly Tito, a friend of our contact and good friend at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Patrick, and am currently staying at the medical students...

Hello everyone from the beautiful Upper East region! After 4 nights in Kumasi, we scavenged the Kejetia market, played some football and got to know each other pretty well. Also, we had the pleasure of not one but two nights at Cadillac, one of Kumasi's...

Back in Nairobi excitedly awaiting the arrival of the OGEA 2010 team! I have already met with NaYeon one of our participants who has been in East Africa on a school trip for the past 3 weeks and is a veritable Nairobi veteran. After leaving Kampala...

Hello friends and family! After long flights and trotro rides, the majority of the group has finally arrived in Ghana, and are currently in Kumasi. We spent our first night in Accra at a pretty sweet place right on the Atlantic coast. Then the next day,...

I can´t believe how quickly the trip has gone by! Given that we haven’t been all that good at writing blogs (!) , why don’t I do a quick recap of our past five weeks! (I´m sure you´ll hear more details upon our return!) Our first...

If you listen quietly, you will hear the buzz of anticipation stirring in members of Team OGWAM; from across Canada, the United States, Scotland and Nigeria, we are setting down our passports and travel visas on our desks perhaps to have them readily accessible, or...

Greetings blog followers, We've received lots of feedback from families, friends and other Operation Groundswell participants saying how interested they are in our activities and how they're avidly following our blog. We're incredibly happy and proud to be sharing our accomplishments with everyone through the magic...

Greetings All! Since leaving Ouagadougou, we got our visas extended in Bobo-Dioulasso, a more laid back city whose main pest is that it plays host to quite a lot of mosquitoes. More importantly, however, its Grand Marche (central market) is very serene, if there exists...

Hi all Guatemala followers, Just wanted to give you a quick update. I spoke with the team yesterday and all seems to be doing well still. They will be giving a full blog post soon but for now please know that they are all safe and...

Its been just over three weeks and I am officially in love with East Africa! The trip planning is going incredibly well. After Landing in Nairobi I was met by our Host from North Maragoli who showed me around the city. While in Nairobi I...

As the days continue to roll by, we have much to report about all of our accomplishments. The day after our last update, we were joined by our friend Isaac for a shocking trip to the garbage dump. Home to some 1,000+ families, the dump was...