Palms Encounters: Outcomes

  • You will witness empowering “grassroots” development work, driven by the host community.
  • You will learn about permaculture and other sustainable methods of production, which enable farmers to protect their natural resources.
  • You will support local eco-tourism initiatives.
  • You will receive expert cross-cultural preparation enabling deeper and more meaningful engagement with your host community.
  • You will learn about how global trade affects primary producers, and will learn about how Fair Trade can reduce poverty.
  • You will engage in another culture and learn what others consider important in “their” world.
  • You will experience simplicity and discover those things which unite all humankind.
  • Your visit has been planned by experienced development practitioners and local partners to ensure you have no unexpected adverse effects on the host community.
  • You will receive re-entry assistance which will allow you to share your stories widely and continue the relationships developed during your Encounter.

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. - Nelson Mandela