Upcoming Palms Encounters:
Timor-Leste: 2 – 14 April 2017
Timor-Leste: 2 – 14 July 2017
Timor-Leste: 24 Sep- 6 Oct 2017
A Palms Encounter is the perfect way to learn more about international volunteering.
These cross-cultural experiences are designed to provide an insight into the daily life of people of another culture; an understanding of sustainable approaches to development, including ecological sustainability; and an insight into the life and work of development volunteers.
Palms Encounters are designed to maximise benefits for participants and host communities, avoiding perpetuating negative or romanticised stereotypes of other cultures. As a result they may not always be comfortable and may in fact challenge participants perceptions of a number of issues. They will, however, be more beneficial in understanding the truth about global interdependence and the roles that different people can take in making the world a better place for all.
The full Encounter program includes pre-departure preparation, an overseas Encounter Visit including support and guidance in-country and activities upon re-entry to maintain the connections developed.
An experienced development professional will guide your trip, providing food for thought and opportunities for deep reflections on your observations. Issues relating to culture, development, poverty, trade, ecology, faith and education will be raised.
We welcome enquiries from work/school/community groups who would like to book a private Encounter.
Numbers of participants on Palms Encounters are limited to a maximum of 8 participants per trip, so as to avoid overwhelming our host communities, so it is important to reserve your place as soon as possible.
Following receipt of your confirmation form, with a deposit of $1000, Palms Australia will forward a unit of preparation materials, including advice on what to do in the months before departure, information about Palms Australia, and some information about what to expect from the experience.