- Embrace the chaos and complexity of a country few have traveled, from its endless waterways to its jam-packed streets.
- Dive deep into an exploration of the garment industry, examining its harmful and exploitative side, as well as the ethical and empowering possibilities.
- Get your hands dirty as you learn to dye, weave, and embroider with Bangladesh’s first fair trade collective!
- Kick back and relax at Cox’s Bazar, the longest continuous natural beach in the world.
Backpacking with a Purpose: Apply for 2018 programs today!
The global fashion industry is a complex beast; it’s hard to imagine where to even begin. But at Operation Groundswell, we’re here to peel back the layers in the very place that produces such a huge bulk of our clothing: Bangladesh.
Employing about 4 million people – mostly women – the fast fashion industry is now worth $19 billion annually. It is a huge force that has massive repercussions for both consumers and producers.
On our Fashion in Flux program, we will explore the hidden complexity behind fast fashion — an industry inextricably linked to both devastating exploitation and hopeful progress, as it lifts millions of young women out of abject poverty through employment.
We will uncover the garment industry’s environmental effects and discover how it is inextricably linked to women’s rights and empowerment. As we meet with experts and industry insiders, we’ll learn how we, as individuals, can trigger change by wearing our values. Are you up for the challenge?
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The program fee does not include flights, insurance, or personal expenses such as souvenirs. We also ask team members for a community contribution that goes directly to support our local in-country partners.
As a registered non-profit, we're committed to financial accessibility. Our Financial Needs Grant can cover 15-25% of your five- or six-week program fee and is available for anyone experiencing financial strain, including individuals from low-income households, students, and recent graduates.