By teaming with a local not-for-profit (a non-governmental organization, or NGO), The Giving Lens offers participants a chance to make a difference in the lives of the communities the NGO serves (generally vulnerable or marginalized ones), largely through teaching young people the basics of photography and guiding them on photo walks.
On TGL’s Jordan trip last November, we visited some amazing destinations, spending two nights in a Bedouin-run tented camp in the Wadi Rum desert, exploring the magnificent ancient city of Petra, floating in the Dead Sea, and seeing the Roman ruins at Jerash as well as Jordan"s capital, Amman.
We spent the first two days in Marrakech attending a half-day cultural, culinary, and linguistic introduction to Morocco; spending time with our NGO partner, El Fenn Maroc; and exploring the city with local photographers.
Over the next five days, we rode to the Sahara and back, spending a magnificent night—after braving a sandstorm—in the Erg Chebbi dunes at a tented camp run by our travel partner, Open Doors Morocco.
I’d never heard of the organization before that and hadn’t ever been on a travel photography workshop when a notice for the trip popped up on my Facebook feed, and I immediately knew I wanted to go.
For my next TGL trip, our team met in Jodhpur, where we stayed at a guesthouse run by the Sambhali Trust, an NGO that helps Dalit (untouchable) women, and children through education, job training, and social services.
I have gone on a Giving Lens trip each of the past three years—first to Morocco, then to India, then Jordan.
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