The Giving Lens offers one-of-a-kind international travel photography workshops, with a humanitarian twist: during the trip we volunteer our time and photographic talents to a local, grassroots Non-Profit documenting their work and issues, as well as teaching photography as a tool for empowerment, self-confidence, personal creativity, and more; we then embark on a travel photography focused journey through this amazing country, though always looking to depart from the beaten path and seeking instead authentic encounters, real experiences, cultural immersion, with a focus on responsible travel and respect for the culture and environment. Post-trip share the images and the profits with the NGO. It’s an adventure, a journey, and a vision.
Standing in direct contrast to bland, sanitized, one-size-fits-all packages, The Giving Lens provides a wonderful setting for true exploration – enhancing photo skills, befriending diverse and amazing people, and getting deeply into local communities. My entire trip in Jordan exceeded “photo workshop + volunteering” to become a vast, wonderful immersion with a great group of people. The authenticity of the experiences … Read More
My trip to Thailand with TGL was truly something that I will treasure dearly, both from the perspectives of travel photography and volunteer work with a non-profit organization. There really is power in numbers – we were welcomed in many places that would have been a bit more difficult to visit as solo or coupled travelers (authentic lunch with a … Read More
A lot of people use the phrase “life changing” but in my case TGL: Jordan truly was life changing for me. I came home from my trip determined to change some things in my life that have been making me miserable. It had been a long time since I was around such a positive encouraging group of people, and I … Read More