First Do No Harm


When travellers meet the people on the edges of sustainability we want to help change their lives for the better. This passion to see people improve is noble, inspiring and difficult! Attempts to help a community develop lead to unforeseen problems and even partnership breakdowns. Learn from development experts who have successfully developed new international projects.

  • Understanding where you are in the development continuum
  • The best and worst questions to ask if you want a project to be sustainable
  • The single most important change to make if you want a project to remain viable after you leave

While anyone who travels will enjoy this course, it is best suited to a person with moderate experience in poverty and sustainability (3-10 trips or countries visited)

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  1. First Do No Harm


    I had the opportunity to take this course at a recent training session. I have worked with Mark as my coach on a mid term deployment and was familiar with much of the information Mark delivered. I agree wholeheartedly with Mark’s approach with this material and his personal examples reinforced the learning. With experience working in another culture and understanding Mark’s expertise with the material it was an excellent reminder of the key fundamentals of cross cultural work. I would suggest strongly that every person going for the first time on a short or medium term developmental deployment take this course.

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Just wanted to thank you for training and sending us amazing volunteers to India. Ben has only been here for a few days but already is fitting in and has a burden for the kids at the Children's Home! Erin is such a blessing to the ladies at Jewels...Read more

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Global Workers in Kolkata, India
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