operation groundswell Tag

If you read our last blog post, you´d remember that our week was tiring to say the least. In addition to our regular activities, we also made room for salsa lessons and a birthday celebration (happy birthday to OGGer Anna Marzsalek)! Perhaps the most fun...

It's been one week since our team triumphantly tro-troed into our home-sweet-home in the town of Sandema. After a scenic (aka snail pace) twelve hour bus ride, we are settling into rural life in the Upper East Region. The sun is hotter up here, but...

This morning we went down to the market and haggled with some tro tro drivers to guide us around for the day. We wanted to get out of town and explore some new sites. Since the 12 of us would fill up a whole vehicle...

The group has arrived! All participants are safe and sound after being welcomed by a konpa band at the airport and surviving the craziness that is Haitian customs. In our first two days, we've accomplished so much its hard even to recount it all. We...

Hola! So, it's day four of Body and Mind Peru, and we're just getting revved up! All of our group got here by Monday morning and we set off on a Biking Tour of the coast of Lima. All I can say is wow. I've never...

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...

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...

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...

Jonah's thoughts from his scouting mission to Haiti. Pretty amazing stuff.   "It's complicated." That's the long and short of the general consensus here in Haiti. I've heard this simple summation of Haiti's tumultous history, bleak present and even murkier future from the most pessimistic SUV driving...