CERES Global Testimonials
No one does immersive travel like Ceres Global combining a passion for travel and people. (Nicki, CERES Global Traveller 2016).
I feel so nourished, rejuvenated, relaxed and inspired! I wasn’t expecting it to feel like a holiday, but somehow it ticked that box as well! (Samoa Trip 2016)
Travelling with CERES Global enabled me to find the perfect balance and depth that I’ve never been able to find on any other organised group travel, or even when travelling solo!
Connecting with like-minded communities, listening, sharing and learning was made possible through CERES Global friendships, and then mixed with swims in marine sanctuaries, walks to waterfalls, and time alone to soak up our experiences.
I was wary of it feeling like a tour, but it felt like the perfect group of likeminded people, learning and exploring together. Definitely no tours here! (Maddi, Samoa Trip 2016)
I loved everything about this trip. It was such a beautiful mix of learning, deep listening, thinking, laughing, relaxing and exploring. It was a gentle pace, but the slower approach enabled people time to participate and take ownership of the journey and their own learning. I loved the organic facilitation style of Ben’s, and his way of constantly prompting us to think deeply. (Maddi, Samoa Trip 2016)
Thank you for the best holiday ever. I loved it and loved the people I got to share it with. (Samoa Trip 2016).
Ben (the facilitator) was excellent. He was empathetic, supportive and good natured. (Samoa Trip 2016).
The best thing about travelling with CERES Global is that it covers work related passions as well as time to travel. Most of all it is the cultural immersion opportunity (being in a farming family’s home) that means I didn’t feel like a tourist. This is really important to me. As is respecting the local culture. (Samoa Trip 2016).
The 10 days moved me, I had to sit in spaces that felt uncomfortable, I realised that my frame of reference was very Western and the power imbalance in the way I work with community was apparent. I experienced the joy of being vulnerable, the importance of sharing and starting with the strengths in any situation, how essential it is to change my language and question my motivation and intentions and most of all it confirmed that I will always be inspired by community and it is a place that I want to be….. I consider this as a gift given to me and I will share it in many different ways to be able to keep the spirit of what was given to me alive. (Nalika Peiris, Unit Manager Community Development and Social Policy at Moreland City Council and India Trip Jan 2017 traveller)
I feel very privileged and blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in the CERES Global tour. The best thing is knowing that you are travelling with facilitators and other people who also care deeply about environmental and social issues/ sustainability, and that the program is focused on learning exchange rather than destination tourism. Sophie and Maddi (the facilitators) managed to strike a beautiful balance between being ‘present’ and contributing to the group’s learnings as opposed to being ‘tour guides… I am still reflecting on my experiences and learnings and their ongoing influences on my thinking and practice. Even so, I know my learnings have been deep and enduring… Go with an open heart and mind and both will be filled to an extent far greater than you ever could have anticipated. (Deb, India Trip Jan 2017).
An outstanding journey (Chris, India Trip Jan 2017).
Our travels with Ceres have been amazing, thank you for all your support, help, and especially your quiet, gentle presence through all our adventures. (Toni, India Trip Jan 2017).
The best thing about travelling with CERES is being with people, who although different, all had a certain unity of purpose. I like working within a framework of things to do and CERES created that for me and facilitated it lovingly (Terry, India Trip Jan 2017).
Travelling with CERES made the trip more memorable as the people and organisations that we made contact with were inspirational. It also meant that you had a group of like minded people to share your experience and take on projects you may not have otherwise done. For instance, I was involved in making a film about life for women in Southern India. This gave me an insight into people’s home, work and community lives that I may not have understood and was warmly welcomed because of their connection with CERES. Teaching Indian students and orphans environmental education was a challenge but very rewarding. (Elle, India Trip 2012).
The India trip was a chance to see a side of India that you can only get a glimpse of on your own as a tourist. Through Ceres I was introduced to people and groups doing amazing environmental and community work – and I was able to work closely with them and become a part of their world for a while. Through this experience I met Indian people of all backgrounds and gained more insight into that country than on any of my previous trips there. (Suzie, India Trip 2011).
Travelling with CERES Global to India was a profound group experience. I felt privileged to witness and become part of the powerful community connections that CERES has created and nurtured over the years. (India Trip 2011).
Not only do you meet lots of interesting Indians but you are travelling with a bunch of talented and interesting people who are like minded. Also everyone is there to support each other and make sure you are getting the most out of your experience. You’re well looked after so you can just focus on having a good experience and meaningful interaction with the people you meet. (Elle, India Trip 2011).
Working with the women’s groups was one of the most enriching and enlightening experiences I have had. Nothing could have prepared me for the impact these amazing women’s stories had on me. I believe the courage the women showed in sharing their stories has given me greater courage in my own life. I carry these women’s stories around with me each day and I feel so honoured to be able to do so. I am so grateful for this experience, and I can’t wait to return. (India Trip 2011).
This trip was amazing. The value in global communication within an NGO such as Ceres and the one we worked with in India is greater than we can ever truly appreciate. (India Trip 2007).
CERES has built a great network in Timor. The connections with key stakeholders enabled the trip to be more unique and deep. We could learn a lot about the local challenges, positive outcomes of permaculture projects and ecosystem in East Timor. (Maroko, Timor Permaculture Design Trip June 2016).
The great spread of people in the group was a fantastic element, having a range of ages, interests and personalities made the trip a learning experience not just about Indonesian culture but about other Australians…It has taught me greater cultural acceptance, and to be more open and welcoming as we were so welcomed by everyone we met in Indonesia… (Indonesia Trip 2013).
It was for me, an amazing and humbling experience to learn from these beautiful women, to simply sit, observe and for a short time become part of the rhythms of Mäpuru. (Claire, Mapuru 2011 Trip).
I will never forget the amazing women I met at Mäpuru, sharing the laughter and tears with them, stumbling through mangroves, pulling up mangrove worms and touching ever so slightly the depth of Yolngu culture. How fortunate am I? (Rose, Mapuru Trip 2011).
We sit here, weaving, knowing you are thinking about us the same way we are thinking about you… (Margaret, Mäpuru elder).
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