Challenging. Our ten days spent on Koh Rong have challenged our boundaries, altered our expectations and forced us to constantly question our intentions. We all know change is not easy. We all know change takes time. We all know change is a challenge. The days...

Yes, it's been a while since we've blogged. But there was so much going on that it became a little difficult to pry ourselves from the awesomeness for even a second to put it all up. There's lots to catch up, so I'll try. Our last...

We rolled into Medellin just in time to see the sun rise over this mountain valley.  After a pit-stop at the home of our new friends Jaun Paulo and Laura (<3), we were off to see the city.  The city's metro system includes a gondola...

This morning, amid rainshowers and throngs of excited children, the last rope was fastened in a playground in a small barrio outside the jungle capital, Iquitos. The Amazon Adventure crew has worked hard, and even sacrificed their own Independant Travel Time, to finish this last...

Welcome to Cambodia! Crossing over the border, you step into another world. A mere five minute walk between countries yet once on the other side the shift is unmistakable. A much more raw feel sets in as you roll pass the flat green landscape dotted...

Everything really does happen for a reason. It may sound cliché but on our second to last night in the Amazon, the crew is realizing that the old saying is so true. Yesterday was our first day back in the city of Iquitos after eight days working off the...

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...