What is Awaken? 

Awaken is a truly unique personal development programme that supports individuals in unlocking their leadership capacity, creating the space and freedom to play a bigger game in life. During Awaken you will learn how to step into your own authentic power and awaken a your next leadership edge.

If you’ve ever wanted to do something that fundamentally shifts how you see the world and what is possible - not just for you but for those around you - whilst having an enormous social impact, then AWAKEN is for you.

AWAKEN is an out-of-the-box learning experience that culminates in a journey to one of The Hunger Project’s Programme Countries to witness the transformative leadership that is solving one of the worlds biggest challenges – hunger and poverty. Transporting ourselves from our comfort zone, through fundraising, facilitated workshops and conversations, as well as our 7-day immersive experience causes a catalytic internal transformation that moves you from “I Can’t” to “I Can” to We Can”. This internal shift drives change from within, catalyses both personal and professional breakthroughs, and allows you to truly experience what you’re capable of. All whilst helping to solving one of the world’s biggest moral issues of our time – hunger and poverty. 

This is a very personal journey of discovery that will:

  • Ignite endless possibility for what’s next in your future,
  • Help you grow personally and professionally regardless of career or life stage, and
  • Reframe your limiting self-beliefs creating a pathway forward in all areas of your life.   

How Awaken works.


The process of transformation and leadership starts with your commitment to fundraise or personally invest a minimum of $10,000 to The Hunger Project New Zealand, which goes directly toward empowering women and men to end their own hunger. This leadership act will have you take actions that stretch you out of your comfort zone, and you will become an expert in having bold and courageous conversations to gain support for your journey. 

Leading up to the programme country visit.

Through workshops, connecting online with other like-minded individuals every 6-8 weeks and meeting up locally, you will develop rich relationship, share your challenges and successes, reflect and reframe your experiences to keep you moving towards your goal. This active learning experience is intentionally designed to push you past your own limiting beliefs about what is possible. 

Programme country visit.

Achieving your fundraising target reframes what you are capable of. You’ll then venture on a journey with your fellow Awaken participants to unlock your capacity, vision, creativity, commitment, and leadership, and connect with communities in one of our partner countries, who are making the courageous transformation from hunger and dependency to self-reliance every single day. You’ll meet women and men who are truly creating generational change through their participation in The Hunger Project’s training programmes. 

Our trained facilitators guide you to create meaning from this powerful immersive experience and give you the tools to enter back into your own world awakened as a visionary, committed and active leader. 


Awaken 2020.

Where: Ghana.

When: 11 - 17 August 2020.

What you need to know.

Fundraising Target.

$10,000 minimum. 

(Or personal investment).

Programme Costs.

Approximately $4,000. 

(Excludes flights, vaccinations, visas and insurance). 

Minimum Age.

18 years old.

(Younger applicants considered on application).


  • Ticket to our Rethinking What’s Possible leadership workshop. 
  • Accommodation for program dates listed. 
  • Airport transfers in Ghana upon program arrival & departure. 
  • All group meals as per itinerary. 
  • Bottled water and snacks. 
  • Private transport throughout Ghana. 
  • All workshops and community visits included in itinerary. 
  • Celebration dinner. 
  • THP Ghana Program Staff including translators. 
  • Program facilitator and support staff 
  • Basic first aid kit.

Not Included.

  • International flights. 
  • Travel excursions not listed in itinerary. 
  • Travel insurance (compulsory). 
  • Vaccinations (please consult a travel vaccination specialist for up to date information). 
  • Visas. 
  • Airport transfers outside the itinerary. 
  • Hotel room charges for laundry, phone calls, room service meals and expenditure of a personal nature. 
  • Alcoholic beverages. 

What will you get out of this?

As well as being able to see first-hand how your fundraising or investment can catalyse real change in communities fighting hunger and poverty, the programme will also allow you to: 

  • Discover your purpose and play a bigger game. 
  • Unlock your personal potential for greatness.  
  • Shift limiting mindsets and assist you in creating a new vision for you, your business, your organisation and the world. 
  • See challenges and opportunities through a new lens. 
  • Shift paradigms and interrupt conventional ways of thinking. 
  • Grow and stretch by taking actions that tap into your true creative self. 
  • Connect with like-minded people with whom you will share this incredible experience. 
  • Connect as a global citizen with our village partners and discover how to rethink what’s possible in your own life. 
  • Quench your thirst for travel and adventure and immerse yourself in a truly out-of-this-world experience like no other. 

Ready to awaken what you're capable of? 


Find out more about Awaken 2020.