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The days are winding down, and my flight back to the States is approaching quickly. It's hard not to reflect on the entirety of my trip, much less the past few days and weeks....

Mambo! Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania! So much has happened in the last few days – a snake farm, dalla dalla rides, street haggling, trying custard apple – I don’t even know where to start! Pole pole! ("Slow down!" in Swahili.)...

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....

Every June 20th, the United Nations recognizes and commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world through World Refugee Day. This day, first observed in 2001, was created to bring awareness to the plight of refugees around the world and...

Food is a huge contributor to the wonderful cultures in both Ghana and Togo. It is rare to see a local with leftovers at the end of a meal. In certain circumstances it may even be considered rude to leave a significant amount of uneaten...

What an incredible two days. Yesterday we left at 6 am for Challa Apacheta with Agua Sostentable; the drive took about four hours. Our driver Enrique was really nice, and we made a couple stops. The first stop was to check out the cacti that bloom every...

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....

Greetings from Ghana! Yefrɛ me Nicole (Twi for, "My name is Nicole")! I am a public health and safety student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and am hoping to pursue a career in global health or epidemiology....

When I think about the founders of the United States and what they had to endure, the monumental tasks they faced to both secure independence and build a government, I'm awed at their patient persistence....

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...