The Giving Lens was exactly what I was looking for and simultaneously nothing that I could prepare for. On paper, it combined all of my passions: a unique travel experience, photography, and a chance to make a difference in a community or with an organization. In reality, there was so much more. Our partner NGO brought to our attention the many challenges faced by at-risk youth in Cuba. It was humbling to be a part of this work, and in doing so, step back from the camera long enough to reflect and appreciate photography as an essential medium for storytelling. Growth as a traveler, volunteer, and photographer is to be expected, but I did not fully anticipate the closeness that I would feel toward my team. The TGL Cuba team immediately felt like family. I cannot imagine having visited Cuba for the first time with any other group. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!