Author: Operation Groundswell

Good morning from Cambodia! After an incredible week at the Elephant Nature park, O.G.'s Southeast Asia ECO crew was lucky to have a few blissful days in Chiang Mai, one of Thailands loveliest cities. Chiang Mai is in the Northern province of Chiang Rai, and is one...

On July 5th, trip leaders Ben and Jay were thrilled to finally welcome the rest of the crew to Guatemala City and officially kick off the second ever Operation Groundswell Guatemala program. After a day of flight arrivals in the capital, the eleven of us...

After several months of planning from Toronto, Operation Groundswell Guatemala trip leaders Ben Sampson and Jay Wall headed to Guatemala in mid-June for two weeks of in-country preparations affectionately known as pre-con. They visited communities across Guatemala to finalize logistics of transport, accommodations, activities, and...

We've been in Accra since we got back from the Volta Region on July 10, and we've had some incredible experiences. For starters, everybody has been living with our very gracious host families, experiencing life in Ghana from a family's perspective. We've been having meals...

Dear OGers-- The illustrious Peru: Amazon Adventure team has headed deep into the jungle for the week, venturing where no cell phone service or internet provider has gone before.  This leaves me with the exciting opportunity to write a blog for them, keeping y'all up to...

Here, summarized by one of our group members, is what we’ve been up to in rural Colombia for the past week: Nashira is a matriarchal society, meaning the women are the heads of their households, and only women sit on the committees making the decisions for...

Hello Amazing OG'ers around the world and everyone following in. Right now we are just entering our second week in our own little paradise known as North Maragoli. We've been super busy, super innovative and super epic as we work away on our amazing projects....

I can hear the question already: “What did you do!?” Here is how one participant described their time at Elephant Nature Park (ENP): “Cold showers, machete grass cutting, pumpkin washing, banana planting, rats, dogs, shoveling ele poo, ele bathing, chilling with local school kids, riding in really...

Okay, so about two weeks ago my journey in Peru began. It all started at the Lima airport where I was happily welcomed by Jonah and Laura. Next came the rest of the group members on the trip who, as I type this I am...

So, I have been in Peru for about two weeks now, but it feels like much longer. The rooster outside is starting to feel like the family dog, and I´d wayyy rather have condiments out of a bag. I also can´t imagine driving in anything other than...

Round two of Operation Groundswell in the South East Asia region has just begun!! Staying in the backpacker Mecca of Koh San Rd, the crew is adjusting to the heat, hustle, bustle and pad tai of Thailand. We spoiled ourselves immensely the first night with some...

Wednesday was the official start of the West Africa Global Health program, as our nine fresh-faced participants finally arrived at Kotoka International Airport from their trans-Atlantic journeys. And they were thrown right into the grind of things, interacting with artisans and husslers over buying –...

After six weeks together the group is now starting to disperse one by one. Sonny and Rachel depart at 9pm tonight, while Hannah leaves at 4am. Sanjna will be leaving tomorrow morning, and Anika, Arielle, and myself are off tomorrow night. It is hard to believe...