June 7 - June 19$2900
Want a genuine experience in a new culture without having to commit to long-term volunteering? Let us take you on an intimate, authentic tour of Samoa with one of our Encounters.
Palms Australia’s Encounters are ethically run group tours that provide participants with authentic, hard to come by experiences. The tours have been carefully designed to give you an insight into the daily life of people of another culture, an understanding of sustainable approaches to development, and an insight into the life and work of our development volunteers.
Our Encounters are designed to benefit both participants and the communities you’ll encounter. You won’t be staying in luxury, and you may not always be comfortable. You will, however, gain genuine insight into life in a new culture, make life-long friendships, and return home with a new perspective on global development and the roles that different people can play in making the world a better place for all. You can read more about the guiding philosophy of our Encounter trips here.
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 and education will be raised frequently.
The full Encounter program includes pre-departure preparation, a fully organised guided tour (including support and guidance in-country) and activities upon re-entry to help maintain the new ideas and relationships you will develop.
Encounters are limited to a maximum of eight participants per trip, to avoid overwhelming our host communities and to provide you with a genuine, intimate experience.