AWAKEN potential and create a world that works for all!

SAMPLE PROGRAMME PLAN

This is based on the 2019 AWAKEN programme plan and all dates are subject to change. We're in the final stages of locking in the itinerary so we'll update this once it's finalised.

Sep 2019 | APPLICATIONS CLOSE

We can only accept 15 people on the programme - once the maximum number is reached, we’ll close off applications for this years programme. A minimum of 10 participants must be reached to confirm the programme start date.

Once your application is accepted you’ll be sent a welcome pack and links to set up your fundraising page and begin fundraising!

Oct 2019 | WELCOME CALL

We begin the programme with a welcome call where you’ll connect with all participants and facilitators who will be supporting your journey and travelling to Ghana with you in August 2020. You will each have an opportunity to share a little about yourself and why you have chosen to do the programme. By the end of the call you will have a deeper understanding of The Hunger Project, the power of the Awaken Programme, and a feeling of connection and commitment that you are not alone on the journey!

Nov 2019 | MINDSET CALL

Understanding your mindset and transforming limiting beliefs is the first step in all of our programmes, be it here in New Zealand or in a rural village in Ghana. This call is designed to begin tapping into your mindset, beliefs and being enough – to give, to serve, to lead.

Mar 2020 | RETHINKING WHAT'S POSSIBLE WORKSHOP

As part of the AWAKEN programme, we invite you to participate in our Rethinking What’s Possible workshop. Rethinking What’s Possible is a two-hour interactive workshop focusing on key themes of resilience, resourcefulness and innovative thinking.

Anchored in our methodology that moves communities from deep resignation and dependency to self-reliance, Rethinking What’s Possible begins the process of unlocking capacity by exploring the power of mindset and beliefs that drive change.

Participating in Rethinking What’s Possible is an opportunity to hear the courageous stories of our partners, deepen your understanding of The Hunger Project so you can powerfully share about our work to gain support for your fundraising, and further develop the tools to help shape what you believe is possible.

Feb 2020 | FUNDRAISING + OVERCOMING BARRIERS CALL

Fundraising or personally investing an amount that stretches you out of your comfort zone is intentional as we believe this is where the biggest growth occurs. This active learning experience enables you to confront your challenges and discomfort, experience gratitude and generosity, be committed to achieving your goal whilst being open to how you get there and develop the courage to have bold and ‘real’ conversations with others.

Reflecting on our experiences and articulating aloud what we've learned dramatically impacts how much we are learning from our experiences. On this call you will share your success and challenges and hear from those who have participated and succeeded before, who know that reaching your target is possible!

Apr 2020 | REGULAR CONNECTION CALL

Staying connected and sharing your experiences, both the challenges and successes, are a big part of the journey. Regular calls with your fellow participants and facilitators all the way through your journey will to help support you. In addition to this, you will be buddied with another participant for support and encouragement.

Jul 2020 | PRE-DEPARTURE CALL

As part of the AWAKEN programme, we invite you to participate in our Rethinking What’s Possible workshop. Rethinking What’s Possible is a two-hour interactive workshop focusing on key themes of resilience, resourcefulness and innovative thinking.

Anchored in our methodology that moves communities from deep resignation and dependency to self-reliance, Rethinking What’s Possible begins the process of unlocking capacity by exploring the power of mindset and beliefs that drive change.

Participating in Rethinking What’s Possible is an opportunity to hear the courageous stories of our partners, deepen your understanding of The Hunger Project so you can powerfully share about our work to gain support for your fundraising, and further develop the tools to help shape what you believe is possible.

Mon 10 Aug 2020 | DEPART NEW ZEALAND

You will depart New Zealand - travel itinerary TBC.

Tue 11 Aug 2020 | ARRIVE IN GHANA

We will be met at the airport by the team from The Hunger Project Ghana and taken to the hotel where we will be staying for the week.

Following lunch, we will begin our immersion programme with an introduction to The Hunger Project Ghana. An introductory workshop to immerse yourself in the country, the work of The Hunger Project and getting to know your fellow participants. We will discuss what you’re looking to get out of the week ahead and what you can expect to see, hear and learn throughout the week. We will be joined by The Hunger Project Ghana team who will be travelling with us.

Wed 12 Aug 2020 | EPICENTRE + VILLAGE PARTNERS

We will travel to an epicentre where you’ll get to see the work of The Hunger Project on the ground. You’ll meet the local staff and volunteers, be introduced to the programmes they run, and meet people who have benefited from the programmes including food security, microfinance, health, nutrition, adult literacy.

You’ll hear their stories and have the opportunity to interact, ask questions and learn from their challenges and successes.

This day is incredibly rewarding as you will witness first-hand the value and impact the money you raised can have and the transformation it brings. You will be blown away by the possibility, productivity, leadership and commitment of our partners who against all odds have transformed themselves and their community. You will walk away for the day feeling inspired, uplifted, connected and most importantly in partnership as a global citizen.

Upon returning to the hotel we will debrief our experience and share our insights. There will be time to reflect and journal too.

Thu 13 Aug 2020 | VILLAGE WALK-THROUGH + VISION, COMMITMENT, ACTION

Epicentres can vary depending on the needs of the community, the village leadership and the engagement of the partners. We’ll have the chance to see communities at different levels of progress, understand the challenges faced, and understand the different approaches to solving these challenges.  

One of the key tools The Hunger Project has developed is the ground-breaking Vision, Commitment and Action workshop. Experiencing this in a rural village setting is powerful. You begin to realise that we are all the same, we share the same desires for happy and healthy families, to provide, be productive and thrive! We all experience the same resistance, doubts and fears. That’s why ending hunger is a human issue, not merely about food.

Breaking into smaller groups, we will interact with the community with a village walk through and visit homes. This experience is sometimes confronting as it is organic and unstructured in nature. You walk on dry dirt roads, sit in mud houses or under trees and practice being present with another person. Your senses will overload as you breathe in the hot humid air, see and hear the sounds of rural village life. By stripping away all that is familiar, this very visceral experience anchors you deeply in the world.

Upon returning to the hotel we will debrief our experience and share our insights. There will be time to reflect and journal too.

Fri 14 Aug 2020 | PROGRAMMES, TRAINING, LEADERSHIP

Here we will take our learnings from the previous visits and be able to experience the work of THP with a new lens of understanding. We will engage with the community leadership, the partners and volunteers to expand our thinking and understanding of what it takes to drive change.

With a focus on programmes, training and leadership we have a final opportunity to get 'under the hood' of how our approach of empowering women as key change agents, mobilising communities towards self-reliant action, and partnering with local government creates an enabling environment for change to occur. This approach is proven to work in any context and any environment and can be transferred back into our own lives, families, or organisations.

This bittersweet final visit is typically completed with the sweatiest, most wonderfully self-expressed and joyous dance-off!

Upon returning to the hotel we will debrief our experience and share our insights. There will be time to reflect and journal too.

Sat 15 Aug 2020 | FULL DAY WORKSHOP

This is a consolidation of our learnings throughout the trip. What have I learned about the work of THP? About the women and men in the communities? How can I take my learnings back into my day-to-day life, both business and personal? What’s my vision for the future? What do I want to commit to for myself personally?

This final day is based on the design of The Hunger Project's Vision, Commitment and action workshop that is transforming the lives of millions of people around the world. This facilitated day has you explore the flickers of your vision and helps bring it into reality by crytalising your commitment and actions. It will prepare you for your entry back into your life having Awakened your potential, leadership, and the unique gift you have for the world.  

We complete the programme with a celebration dinner with our THP Ghana colleagues.

Sun 16 Aug 2020 | DEPART GHANA

We will be transported back to the airport to depart Ghana.  Travel itinerary TBC. At your own expense, you’re welcome to extend your stay in Ghana or travel experience. Airport transfers will be arranged for those travelling to the airport on this date only.

Sep 2020 | RECONNECTION CALL

Returning home to New Zealand and your life can present itself with a mix of emotions and experiences. It’s important to ensure you take care of yourself through this process as you will still be making sense of your experience. To support you in this next phase we join together for a call to share and reconnect with each other. Believe us when we say you will be craving this call as you will have formed rich bonds with your fellow participants!

Ongoing | STAYING CONNECTED

Having shared such a meaningful and transformational journey you will have formed life-long friendships and partnerships. There will be opportunities open up to stay connected via The Hunger Project New Zealand. As a group, we will create the desired structures to support the connection either though a gathering, calls, social platforms, events and workshops. Whilst the programme has now concluded, your connection to each other and the work of The Hunger Project has only just begun!