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It’s a Complex World We Live In!

Populism. Terrorism. Inequality. Corruption. Armed conflict. Xenophobia. Climate change. Trading threats of nuclear war on Twitter.

It’s enough to make most of us want to retreat into our information bubbles. But that’s not really much of an option. Fortunately, it’s also not the whole story.

New Perspectives Travel seeks to explore political, social and economic issues – the good, the bad and the ugly – in an engaging, informative and respectful way. Join us!

Founders

Ben Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Ben worked in the fields of anti-corruption and international development for almost 25 years, living and working in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Germany, Mozambique, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand and the UK. His most recent position was as international Programmes Director for Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption coalition present in more than 100 countries worldwide. Ben has also worked for the UBS Optimus Foundation (part of the the wealth Management arm of the Swiss Bank, UBS) in Zurich. 

For further information about Ben Elers see LinkedIn.  

Agathe Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Agathe worked for the German Energy Agency in areas ranging from clean development mechanisms to energy efficiency, working with national Energy Agencies and governments across Europe and the former Soviet Union.As well as working for the German Energy Agency, Agathe has  worked in the private sector in Switzerland in the areas of carbon emission offsets. Agathe is an economist by training.

For further information about Agathe please see LinkedIn.

Travel to Understand

Had enough of holidays on the beach? Don’t want to just visit the usual attractions, but want to really understand the country?Want to be more engaged in the critical issues facing our world? Planning on doing business but want to understand the country context in more depth? Simply intellectually curious? Just want something new and different?

Whether the subject of the tour is entirely new for you or you are a seasoned professional in the area, we are certain that you will come back with new perspectives, new insights and a new appreciation for the realities of the people you meet. The only requirement for participation is an open mind!

Although we explore political issues, New Perspectives Travel is not political. Our goal is to promote deeper understanding.

Go Behind the Headlines

Millions of people read newspapers, watch the news and bury themselves in books in order to understand the issues facing our world. And yet, in our social media dominated world, there is a real hunger to find out more. To dig deep into issues. To understand people’s hopes and aspirations. To hear the positive stories, as well as the negative. To see first-hand what is happening. To embrace complexity. To understand why. Having said that, it is quite possible that you will come back from the trip with more questions than answers.

Top Notch Expertise

As well as being designed and led by leading experts in their fields, our tours meet with a wide range of politicians, academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists and activists. We seek to provide travellers with an exclusive experience that they simply cannot gain on their own.

The level of insight you will get on our tours would not be out of place at a top university or global think tank. But there you certainly would not get the access to such a wide range of diverse opinions the same diversity of opinion, see the situation for yourself or have such a unique or enjoyable experience.

Cultural Immersion

While our clear focus is political, economic and social issues, our tours provide ample opportunity for diving deep into rich cultures, meeting wonderful people, eating excellent food and admiring fantastic natural beauty and art.

Excellent Value

At first sight, maybe you think our tours are expensive. But when you think about what they include, they really are excellent value for money.

When we say expert-led, we mean real subject experts, not simply knowledgeable tour guides or people who have lived in a country for a long time.

When we say small groups, we mean small groups (maximum of 15 people) to enhance the opportunity to engage along the journey – we do not think the 20 – 25+ Small Group tours of many tour operators are actually very small!

Unlike many tour operators, we do not repackage pick off-the-shelf products and then offer them as “unique”. We really do design everything ourselves based around the subjects we are looking at. This is complex, but we think it is worth it.

Founders

Ben Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Ben worked in the fields of anti-corruption and international development for almost 25 years, living and working in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Germany, Mozambique, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand and the UK. His most recent position was as international Programmes Director for Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption coalition present in more than 100 countries worldwide. Ben has also worked for the UBS Optimus Foundation (part of the the wealth Management arm of the Swiss Bank, UBS) in Zurich. 

For further information about Ben Elers see LinkedIn.  

Agathe Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Agathe worked for the German Energy Agency in areas ranging from clean development mechanisms to energy efficiency, working with national Energy Agencies and governments across Europe and the former Soviet Union.As well as working for the German Energy Agency, Agathe has  worked in the private sector in Switzerland in the areas of carbon emission offsets. Agathe is an economist by training.

For further information about Agathe please see LinkedIn.

Travel to Understand

Had enough of holidays on the beach? Don’t want to just visit the usual attractions, but want to really understand the country? Want to be more engaged in the critical issues facing our world? Planning on doing business but want to understand the country context in more depth? Simply intellectually curious? Just want something new and different?

Whether the subject of the tour is entirely new for you or you are a seasoned professional in the area, we are certain that you will come back with new perspectives, new insights and a new appreciation for the realities of the people you meet. The only requirement for participation is an open mind!

Although we explore political issues, New Perspectives Travel is not political. Out goal is to promote deeper understanding.

Go Behind the Headlines

Millions of people read newspapers, watch the news and bury themselves in books in order to understand the issues facing our world. And yet, in our social media dominated world, there is a real hunger to find out more. To dig deep into issues. To understand people’s hopes and aspirations. To hear the positive stories, as well as the negative. To see first-hand what is happening. To embrace complexity. To understand why. Having said that, it is quite possible that you will come back with more questions than answers.

Top Notch Expertise

As well as being designed and led by leading experts in their fields, our tours meet with a wide range of politicians, academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists and activists. We seek to provide travellers with an exclusive experience that they simply cannot gain on their own.

The level of insight you will get on our tours would not be out of place at a top university or global think tank. But there you certainly would not get the access to such a wide range of diverse opinions the same diversity of opinion, see the situation for yourself or have such a unique or enjoyable experience.

Cultural Immersion

While our clear focus is political, economic and social issues, our tours provide ample opportunity for diving deep into rich cultures, meeting wonderful people, eating excellent food, admiring fantastic natural beauty and art, enjoying vibrant nightlife and basically having a wonderfully diverse time.

Excellent Value

At first sight, maybe you think our tours are expensive. But when you think about what they include, they really are excellent value for money.

Unlike most tour operators, when we say expert-led, we mean real subject experts, not simply knowledgeable tour guides or people who have lived in a country for a long time.

When we say small groups, we mean small groups (maximum of 15 people) to enhance the opportunity to engage along the journey – we do not think the 20 – 25+ Small Group tours of many tour operators are actually very small!

Unlike many tour operators, we do not repackage pick off-the-shelf products and then offer them as “unique”. We really do design everything ourselves based around the subjects we are looking at. This is complex, but we think it is worth it.

 

 

Founders

Ben Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Ben worked in the fields of anti-corruption and international development for almost 25 years, living and working in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Germany, Mozambique, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand and the UK. His most recent position was as international Programmes Director for Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption coalition present in more than 100 countries worldwide. Ben has also worked for the UBS Optimus Foundation (part of the the wealth Management arm of the Swiss Bank, UBS) in Zurich. 

For further information about Ben Elers see LinkedIn.  

Agathe Elers

Prior to founding New Perspectives Travel, Agathe worked for the German Energy Agency in areas ranging from clean development mechanisms to energy efficiency, working with national Energy Agencies and governments across Europe and the former Soviet Union.As well as working for the German Energy Agency, Agathe has  worked in the private sector in Switzerland in the areas of carbon emission offsets. Agathe is an economist by training.

For further information about Agathe please see LinkedIn.