Student Opportunities


Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs backpacking trips with a purpose. We are looking for globally active and socially conscious students to join us for an off-the-beaten path adventure into the developing world.If you're into cultural exchange, fulfilling community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by December 18th to secure an interview for your first-choice program! Our bursary fund is available for all students on six-week programs. All students are eligible to receive a financial needs bursary to reduce the cost of our six-week summer programs.

Our deadline is on December 18th and it only takes 15-20 minutes to apply. We have committed ourselves to making this opportunity as accessible as possible.

Check out where we go:

Six-week summer placements are open in the following countries and regions:

* Ghana - Global Health
* East Africa - Youth Empowerment or Development
* Middle East - Human Rights
* Southeast Asia - Conservation or Youth Empowerment
* India - Education or Gender Rights
* Guatemala - Fair Trade Justice or Peace and Conflict
* Peru - Health and Wellness or Environment

Can't travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring! For more information please contact: Maria at

Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI)

My name is Isabel Ramos, and I am writing to you on behalf of the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). I volunteered last summer with them, participating in the Girl’s Empowerment program and it was on the most enriching experiences I have had so far. They have meaningful community engagement and empowering impact on every individual. I would highly GHEI’s summer volunteer programs as an enjoyable and enriching experience. There will be Malaria Prevention, Girls’ Empowerment, and our newest Children’s Empowerment Camp sessions.

The Summer Serve and Learn volunteer program offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in international development work in Africa. Our volunteers take part in 16-day sessions working alongside local staff to reach common goals. Our programs are each designed to complement our year-round programming and the skills and expertise of our volunteers. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to learn from the local community and gain profound insight into life in rural Ghana. You will benefit from Twi language lessons, discussions on pertinent topics and cultural exchanges, such as meeting the village chief, a drumming and dancing workshop, and traveling to sites at the historic Ghanaian cities of Kumasi and Cape Coast. To learn more, check out our website

I’ve attached two fliers with more information about the program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me ( or