The Operation Groundswell program caters to travelers in search of an alternative backpacking experience. Coined 'backtivism,' this platforms assembles and executes a series of trips for adventurers looking to contribute to communities in need.
A small participant fee goes towards local grassroots groups that the company works with throughout the duration of the backpacking trips. This helps the organization work in tandem with members of these groups while on the ground, contributing to the proper functioning of the philanthropic trips.
These trips are themed, with excursions focused on youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, health and education. In all of this, the goal remains the same: fostering positive change throughout every corner of the globe. By allowing members to see these corners, Operation Groundswell is also creating eye opening first hand experiences.
The Operation Groundswell Travel Programs Donate Funds
1. Backtivism - The trend of combining backpacking with social activism to bring about positive change, opening up opportunities for companies to create more immersive and hands-on travel experiences.
2. Thematic Philanthropy - The trend of organizing backpacking trips around specific themes of social need, providing companies with opportunities to connect with grassroots organizations and make a positive impact on communities.
3. Voluntourism - The trend of incorporating volunteer work into travel experiences, offering companies opportunities to create meaningful connections with local communities while providing a unique and fulfilling experience for travelers.
1. Travel and Tourism - Travel and tourism companies have the opportunity to create unique backpacking experiences that combine adventure with social impact, catering to the growing demand for travel experiences with a purpose.
2. Non-profit and Social Enterprise - Non-profit and social enterprise organizations can collaborate with travel companies to leverage backpacking trips as a means of bringing about positive social change in communities in need.
3. Youth Development - Youth development organizations can partner with travel companies to create backpacking trips that offer experiential learning opportunities for young people while also making a positive impact on local communities.