Southeast Asia

y passion for agriculture started in a classroom discussing a food system I had grown up in: the industrial food system of the U.S. I was familiar with the pitfalls of this system, from animal welfare to longterm food supply sustainability. Through courses during my...

Upon completing my undergrad thesis on alternative and sustainable learning environments, my conclusion deciphered how the presence of change within our society could be most effectively achieved amongst children....

As a person who can't say that they have ever taken a legitimate cooking class, I wasn't really sure on what to expect when I headed into my first one at "Cooking at Home" in Chiang Mai. However I can confidently say that I was...

It’s my first night in Cambodia and I find myself on the rooftop patio at a hostel in Battambang eating dinner with a few other travelers. We are sharing stories about our latest adventures, describing our favorite meals, and talking about our future destinations — the typical...

In just a few hours during our agro-tour in the Nakhon Pathom province, we caught a glimpse of not only the agricultural sector that powers this province, but also less visible cultural practices and social trends....

Community living is a concept as old as the human race. Our modern lifestyle with singles, couples, and single-families living in isolated housing units is relatively modern, and uncommon in much of the world....

In March 2017, Operation Groundswell spent a day working with Ockenden Cambodia on the farm of Mr. Phle Song in the rural district of Mongkol Borey, Cambodia. We learned how to make raw sugar from both sugarcane and palm oil, but the highlight of the...

You are confronted by so many emotions and experiences over the course of your journey with Operation Groundswell. For starters, you learn to leave your comfort zone; you meet Backpacktivists, each friendlier than the last, and you reach another level in the search for self-discovery....

Over the past few decades, travel in Southeast Asia has become almost synonymous with elephant rides, posing some serious ethical concerns around the care for these endangered species. At OG, finding an ethical way to interact with these gentle giants was and continues to be...

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...