Palms Encounters: Five reasons

Five reasons to choose a Palms Timor Leste Encounter


1. Our community becomes yours

A Palms Encounter is an intimate, individual, immersive experience. We restrict our groups to a
maximum of eight people. This is to ensure that we don’t overwhelm our hosts and to ensure that
you are involved in a genuine cultural exchange.

2. Share your experience with like-minded, fellow travellers

You will share the encounter with a small group of people very much like you with a deep interest in
community, real-world exchange and seeking a different experience. You will make new long-term
friends around your shared adventures and want to become more involved.

3. You get a real perspective on sustainable development

We challenge your perceptions and deepen your understanding of how development really works
at a community level. Orphanage tours and made-for-tourist activities definitely not included.

4. Palms is not a commercial tour looking for a customer

Palms is a very experienced development agency that has been working in communities like
Timor for over 50 years. We run long-term volunteer programs in partnership with our
communities and are experts in sustainable development, cultural exchange on equal terms
and genuine encounters. The fees from the tour help Palms Australia sustain its longer-term

5. You are safely guided by Palms experts

Our guide is an experienced Palms development volunteer who has lived and worked in Timor.
They will know the people, know how to make the encounter a true cultural exchange and in
conjunction with local people on the ground will ensure that your Encounter is safe, meaningful and
a life-changing experience.


Real encounter, real people, real exchange, real life

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. - Kahlil Gibran