Southeast Asia

Sadly, it's time to say good bye to Phnom Penh. Originally the group was concerned that our 8 days in PP would be too many, but the city worked its magic on each and every participant. When asked if they were liking PP, there was...

Phnom Penh, the city that never sleeps, is our new home for the next week. Whether it's the late night streets pumping dance music or the early morning aerobics classes in the park, there is rarely a dull moment in Cambodia's capital city. Our bus ride...

Greetings from Siem Reap!!! Alive and refreshed from our adventures in Thailand. After a 24 hour journey from the hill tribes to the infamous home of Angkor Wat, the group is enjoying the pool and digesting the Mexican feast we ravenously devoured last night. Life is,...

Where do we begin? Two very appreciated showers later and I think all the sweat and dirt is out of our hair, but no doubt the memories are still fresh and not to be forgotten by anyone. Working with the phenomenal Mirror Foundation, for our...

Hello everyone! After enjoying our time in Bangkok and wrapping things up with Thai massages, the OG Southeast Asia crew headed on our first overnight bus, up to the Northern city of Chiang Mai. Most travelers would likely have a nap on arrival at 6:30 am, but...

Sa-wat-dee krap family and friends! After months of prepatation our 14-member Operation Groundswell Southeast Asia Discovery crew has finally arrived in Thailand's beautiful capital Bangkok; a city that first the phrase "organized chaos" like no other.  Cora, Amanda, Matt, Jessica, Robert, Keila, Mike, Kylie, Alex, Sidney,...

Hello! All three OG Southeast Asia trip leaders are doing our final pre-departure preparations and saying goodbye's before our flight leaves next Tuesday. It's hard to believe the time has come, but our fantastic summer is about to begin! When we arrive, we will break off to...

All good things must come to an end and the OG Southeast Asia Eco group learned this lesson the hard way. After spending six weeks roaming around the beaches of Thailand, the jungles of Malaysia and so much more, we are all safely back on...

Greetings blog followers, The last week has been, to say it lightly, epic. Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan in the Sabah region of Borneo, we took an informative minibus ride through the massive palm oil plantation corridor. Due to deforestation and the massive plantations, much of...

OG Southeast Asia has stormed into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and there's no turning back. After enduring an overnight ferry ride in which the game of Euchre was played far too many times, the group arrived at Suratthani. We then waited for two hours for a...

Operation Groundswell is proud to kick off its first ever Southeast Asia Eco trip. Aimed with a focus on the environment, our role in it as travelers in Asia, Canadians volunteering abroad and general global citizens, we hope to gain a deeper perspective of a...

It is with great sadness that we write this final blog post for the OG Southeast Asia Discovery program. After spending six amazing weeks together, the group is now safely back in Canada. We've tried to write a final blog update several times, but each...

Greetings blog followers, We've received lots of feedback from families, friends and other Operation Groundswell participants saying how interested they are in our activities and how they're avidly following our blog. We're incredibly happy and proud to be sharing our accomplishments with everyone through the magic...