The Hunger Project

It’s time to step up into your own power and potential

In 2011 we partnered with not-for-profit The Hunger Project Australia, and out of that grew the Business Chicks Immersion and Leadership Program – a fully immersive six-day trip that has proven completely transformative for all involved.

If you’re ready to play a bigger game and step up into your own power and true leadership potential, this is your opportunity. If you have ever wanted to do something that makes a difference, that changes who you are and who you could be, then this is what you need. The process of transformation and leadership starts with your commitment to fundraise or personally invest a minimum of $10,000 to The Hunger Project Australia, which goes directly toward empowering women and men to end global hunger.

Venture on a journey to unlock your creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurialism in tandem with some of the poorest and most marginalised women in the world. Both Business Chicks and The Hunger Project believe in the same thing – supporting and developing women leaders and creating a space for women to connect, stretch and make a difference in the world.

Anyone can be a leader. Your job title plays no part in this. The trip is a very personal journey of discovery that will ignite endless possibility, help you grow, smash your fears – and (we’re not being dramatic when we say) change your life. Our next trip will take place in February 2019 and we’ll be taking 20 Premium members of Business Chicks to India, applications are open now.

Who is this program for?

  • If you’re an executive, entrepreneur or everyday woman who’s interested in exploring a new era of leadership
  • If you want to become a visionary, committed and active leader
  • If you want to influence people around you
  • If you want to discover your purpose and unlock your potential
  • If you want to play a bigger game in life
  • If you want to tap into your creativity and resourcefulness
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How it works

We’re so excited that the next trip will be taking place in India in February 2019. Your life changing journey begins by completing an application, followed by a pre-trip interview and selection process. You must already be, or join as, a Premium member of Business Chicks to be one of the 20 women selected. You must also have an active membership at the time the trip occurs.

The process of transformation and leadership starts with your commitment to fundraise or personally invest a minimum of $10,000 to The Hunger Project Australia. This is an act of leadership itself, and will have you shift gears and take actions that stretch you big time. You’ll become an expert in having bold and courageous conversations. And reaching your target will make you realise what you’re capable of, but it’s only just the beginning.

Prior to departure, you’ll take part in facilitated webinars and teleconferences to start unpacking important leadership lessons, offer support, and learn about the pillars of The Hunger Project’s work.

The week in India is a growth and development experience like no other. You’ll witness the transformation of village women from non-literate, softly-spoken, subjugated individuals to powerful leaders who come to understand that they are the key to ending poverty and hunger for their communities. Through observing the women trained by The Hunger Project and relating the experience back to personal circumstances, new possibilities arise that will have you explore your role and your place in the world.

During the six day program in India, facilitated workshops will be held on the ground, and connections and relationships are formed in an exquisite and rich tapestry of love, strength and commitment. The essence of The Hunger Project comes alive as you overcome barriers and break through beliefs to what is truly possible when we come together in a shared and transformational way. You’ll be introduced to a new way of helping people that’s sustainable and goes far beyond aid and charity, and the experience is both profound and life enriching.

We will travel to the state of Uttarakhand, India. Participants will fly into Delhi and take a train to Kathgodam and then a 2-3 hour bus to Nainital, where the group will be based. Participants will engage with Elected Women’s Representatives (EWRs) in a variety of contexts including village visits and workshops.

Come to India with us in 2019

Apply now

Not quite ready to apply, but want to know more? Get in touch here.

The information you need to know

2019 Dates

Arrival: Sat 9 February

Fly into Delhi

Program dates: Sun 10 February – Sat 16 February

Including workshops, travel to and from Uttarakhand and three field days of village visits

Departure: Sat 16 February

Program close and departure from Delhi in the evening

Fundraising Target

$10,000 minimum

Additional Costs

$3,500 on-ground costs.
Excludes flights, vaccinations, visas and insurance.

Minimum Age

18 years old.
(younger applicants considered on application)

Included

  • Transport in India, including airport transfers
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • THP program staff and translators
  • Expert program facilitator and support staff
  • Accommodation for program dates
  • All group meals on the itinerary

Not included

  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Hotel rooms charges for laundry, phone calls, room service meals, alcoholic beverages
  • Travel excursions
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Vaccinations

One of the defining moments in my life came in February 2013, on my first of three trips to India with The Hunger Project. I sat in a small room on a dirt floor in a tiny village called Lahora, three hours out of Jaipur in Rajasthan. I was talking to a woman named Badam Devi, the elected Sarpanch (village leader) – an illiterate agricultural worker from a marginalised community who lowered her veil when she spoke. Yet against all odds and against chronic corruption within the bureaucracy, as well as centuries-old patriarchy and gender inequality, Badam Devi had managed to get roads built in her community for access and safety, pensions for widows who were otherwise denied them, schools built, and kids fed at school (so they would at least get one meal a day).

She had a vision for her community. She had built a succession plan for her tenure through the sponsorship of younger women in her village, she was courageous and determined, and she had followship like nothing I had ever witnessed. She took risks and fought hard for the rights of women and girls in her community.

I was witnessing the rawest but most effective form of leadership I have ever encountered. Because of the training she received by The Hunger Project, her leadership potential had been unlocked. Sitting in front of Badam Devi I suddenly knew that anything was possible for me in my life. I knew I could do better, that I could be better, and that I had an opportunity to unlock my own leadership in a real and tangible way. It changed me and transformed my mindset from one of limitation to one of expansive abundance.

This is just one story out of hundreds that come from a journey with The Hunger Project – and it’s why we’re so proud to partner with them to bring you our Leadership and Immersion Program.

Olivia Ruello, CEO, Business Chicks Australia

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