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"Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore." We arrived in Delhi around midnight in the heart of monsoon season. The humidity was heavy, the heat stifling, and horns were honking. People lined the streets. From the moment we stepped out of the arrivals section of the airport,...

Here are a few things you learn your first few days in Cusco: 1) Walking uphill is terrible, especially at 3500m above sea level. 2) Peruvian food is delicious (potatoes and rice? Okay!), and Peruvian liquor is even better (I’m not sure if they sell Pisco in...

During the late summer India: Gender and Religion program, participants visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Here, two participants reflect on their experiences pitching in on the temple's daily tasks....

Cultural exchange allows tourists to connect with their native host in a significant and meaningful way. Exploring Peru and its multiple cultures has been both challenging and rewarding. As an observant Jew, keeping kosher in Peru has been challenging. ...

On the day of my arrival in India, Christophe picked me up at the airport. As I walked out and felt the stickiness in the air, I knew something untamed and wild would be coming. I just didn't know when. We rode the metro all...

The first stop we made in Cambodia was to volunteer with Ockenden, a non-governmental organization focused on promoting permaculture and sustainable farming practices. On July 16, after our last night with mattresses for a while, we headed to our home stay to drop off our...

You drink coffee. Or the person sitting next to you in the cafe does. Maybe it's a morning ritual, maybe it accompanies your dessert, maybe you're in college and it's essential to your sanity. ...

Two of the participants on our Southeast Asia: Animal Conservation program are working towards displaying their photography in an exhibit and fundraiser once they're back in Toronto. When we asked if they'd like to contribute to the Operation Groundswell blog, they enthusiastically replied that they...

It's hard to say what I expected as I planned my departure for six weeks in Southeast Asia. I had many hopes, expectations, goals, and fears. The anticipation of the upcoming trip had my mind busy with things I looked forward to, and ultimately, how...

“Remember, sharing is completely up to you. If you’d like to pass, that’s completely okay,” Steph whispered. She paused for a moment before asking her thought-provoking question: What goals and fears do we have coming into Peru? She then gently placed the carved stick into...

It’s hard to capture what New Delhi was like for us as newcomers to a country, continent, and culture so different (yet so similar in many ways) from our own. The first few days seemed like whirlwind (without a lot of wind) of heat, excitement,...

Jake Borg was a participant on this year's inaugural Rights and Resistance program. He beautifully captured his experience in Guatemala in a series of photos, below, which we've put together chronologically as a photo essay. You can find more from Jake on his Instagram....