Operation Groundswell | Backpacking with a Purpose

Operation Groundswell

About

Operation Groundswell is all about backpacking with a purpose. With ethical travel at the crux of our philosophy, Operation Groundswell designs financially accessible programs that tell a story, addressing key challenges unique to each region and community we work with, told from diverse local perspectives. Each of our programs has a dynamic blend of solidarity-based community service, meaningful learning experiences, and off the beaten path adventure.

Founded
2007
Headquarters

205 Church Street
Suite 200
Toronto ON M5B 1Y7
Canada

Reviews

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JP
9/10

This trip was well organized mix of community engagement, outdoor activity and social.
Everyone on the trip was great. I think the people are the biggest variables for trips like these and i had an amazing OG group and leaders. We learnt about cultures, the language and experienced a trip of a lifetime. I liked the 10 free days in the middle. I liked the homestay we did. I liked the freedom we had. 100% recommend if you want to travel but not my first choice for people who are more focused on volunteering.

How can this program be improved?
Be cheaper and more accessible to everyone.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

This program hands down changed my life. Whenever someone asks me about it I get overcome with joy. My personal values could not align more with the values of the company and the program. I truly support everything they stand for and do (even down to offsetting the carbon footprint of your flight). The program leaders are knowledgeable and deeply caring, they enable you to make true and lasting connections with the people of Peru and with the other people in your program. By going on this trip I felt I received a genuine glimpse of Peru, rather than a typical tourists look at it. I stayed, lived, ate, and laughed with the people of Peru. And my life is better for it. I can not say enough good things about this organization or this program. I have irreplaceable memories, new friendships, and a better understanding of the world. Peru just makes your heart smile. Endlessly grateful for this expierence!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Olivia
10/10

This program was my first time really going abroad (besides a few trips to Canada). It taught me how to be a conscious traveler, and engage in the communities I interact with through my travels. It was such a great first experience to teach me how to travel well. I really appreciate the fact that OG has ongoing & substainable partnerships in the countries they go to. Seeing that allowed me to value that kind of partnership in any service I engage in. Overall, my short trip was engaging, educational & inspiring. The trip was very fun as well. It fell over New Years and we rang the year in on a permaculture farm overlooking lake atilan, it was incredible!

How can this program be improved?
I should have signed up for a long program, 8 days was too short!! :)
Yes, I recommend this program
Ramona
10/10

This was my second trip with OG and the satisfaction level remained very high! Yet again, I came out with another group of amazing friends, a unique experience and story to share, and many joyful memories that I continue to reflect on today. OG really sets up their programs to help you gain learning, insight into the actual culture, communication skills with locals, as well as "backpacking with a purpose." Highly, highly urge the adventurists to look into this program and join the fun!

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend this program
Ramona
10/10

This was my first trip with OG back in July of 2017, lasting for 2.5 weeks. Words do not do justice to how amazing and experiential this program was, making wonderful and deep friendships along the way and creating an impact with the locals that has changed my travel mindset today. We got out hands dirty and volunteered for reforestation with local organizations, met with political activists and learned more about the struggled the people of Guatemala face today politically, as well as enjoying nights bon firing, dancing, eating diverse foods, and just creating memories that'll leave you hungry for more. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to backpack remote parts of the world and gain something from it as well!

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend this program

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