Southeast Asia

OG redefines friendship by selecting some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. We're a family. Not that Jim and Becca are our mum and dad, but that they, too, are two of my newest 14 siblings....

My first steps onto the premises of the S-21 Prison were some of the most impactful. It once was a school; at first I didn't even believe we were at the prison. How could something that seemed so helpless and fragile be used for a...

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...

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...

We recently had the opportunity to work alongside Freeland, an anti-wildlife trafficking organization in a National Park in eastern Thailand. Upon meeting the park rangers there, we learned that not just the wildlife in the park is at stake, but also their home: the forest...

Since being in Cambodia, I have seen two halos around the sun. While there is obviously a scientific reason, there is also an amazing spiritual one. Great spiritual teachers called this the "Whirling Rainbow" prophecy....

Every day that I'm on this adventure I wake up ecstatic. It doesn't matter if I've just spent the night sleeping on the floor of a home stay, if my room lacks A/C, if my shower has no water, or if I've spent the night...

Tiny Toones Cambodia’s mission is to provide a safe, positive environment for at‐risk youth in Phnom Penh to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education, specifically through hip-hop dance. They seek to empower these children to build self‐confidence in their daily lives,...

Just outside Phnom Penh lie acres of open land that belong to an animal sanctuary. There are thousands of endangered species and animals are who cannot be returned to the wild, usually due to human interference....