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.

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. - Stephen Krebbet