We are New Lens Travel.
We pair you with handpicked African storytellers to provide you with a 30-day immersive experience that will stretch your thinking by connecting you to Ghana's brightest minds.
We don’t send hundreds of people abroad every year. And we don’t do cookie cutter placements and feel-good promises.
We build intimate experiences that introduce you to the people behind the headlines.
We don’t shy away from having difficult, but important conversations about issues like power, privilege and oppression.
Join us in shifting the one-sided narrative that’s already out there.
Here's how it works...
Submit an application to let us know your skills, interests and availability. We'll make sure you're a perfect fit.
Once you're accepted, we'll craft you a custom placement while you prepare to travel. Pack your bags!
Travel to Ghana where you'll spend time learning from storytellers, activists and changemakers.
Our storytellers are...
Natives of Ghana. We work with locals who have a deep understanding of the context and strong contacts on the ground.
Working professionals with an average of 5 years of media experience. Our partners have honed their craft and have impressive portfolios to show for it.
Creative, entrepreneurial go-getters. They’ve launched podcasts, started media agencies and pioneered reporting in their chosen field.
Join us for an immersive experience where you'll spend one-on-one time with these incredible storytellers.
When you participate in a New Lens Travel program, you get to...
Partner up with a local storyteller. We'll pair you with a local reporter, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker or other media expert who is creatively working to change the pity-focused narrative we hear about Africa.
Use storytelling as a tool to learn about social issues, culture and community development. Working with a journalist, you’re bound to cross paths with everyone from farmers and market women to politicians.
Rewrite the story. Use your experiences to let the world know that Africa is so much more than a poverty-stricken continent that makes a good backdrop for safaris and Facebook profile photos.
And while you’re at it, we think cultural learning and new experiences should be part of the agenda. So...
You’ll develop an impressive portfolio that will include powerful stories and photographs. These will help you share your experience with others after returning home.
You’ll experience the culture as you check out local art exhibits and jam to all the afrobeat music that Ghana's nightlife has to offer. (Heard of Fuse ODG or P-Square? You will.)
You can walk across the famous suspended bridges in Kakum National Park, try your hand at pounding fufu, shop in bustling markets and visit a monkey sanctuary.
10 hours of pre-departure training on topics including: cross-cultural communication,
anti-oppression and conscious storytelling
A virtual toolkit to familiarize yourself with Ghana's history, culture and current affairs
A custom placement with a local storyteller
Food: 2 meals per day
24/7 support from a trip leader
Debriefing and support upon completion of placement
A financial contribution to community media initiatives in Ghana so we can support
the next generation of African storytellers
To ensure every participant gets personalized support, we cap our trips at 5 participants.
This experience will take you off the beaten path, stretch your thinking and connect you to the country's brightest minds.
It's time to see the world through a New Lens.