Hi guys My wife and I are fairly new to permaculture. Got really interested in it this year and started playing around in my father's garden. But now we've pretty much committed the next few years to starting off with a PDC and then going on to get some experience. Hoping to find our place in the network...forwarding it in ways that might only occur to us while involved on a more intense level. We pretty much have an open mandate....but the ways that have opened up to us have been via a PDC in Aus, followed with experience in Aus and NZ; a PDC at Panya in Thailand followed by experience there and around SE Asia; a PDC in Brazil followed by experience around S America. Basically we see the Aus/NZ route as being a safe bet for getting well experienced teachers and solid/varied experience towards our diploma and beyond. We also see this as possibly the best route for making good contacts for cool projects around the world following our experience there. The Thailand/SE Asia option we see as a fun cultural option from the start (not to mention cheap), but we're just a bit nervous about it being substandard relative to the training we might get in Aus/NZ. The Brazil option seems like a world on its own, and we're excited about it due to having friends there and after hearing about the amazing cultural and environmental situation there. BUT we're worried about how distances between projects, prices and lack of portuguese to start with might hamper our progress. Of course, we may be completely wrong about all this...and there may be many other options, possibly even combining these places that some more experienced people amongst you may know of. Hence why I felt the need to run this by you lot. I suppose the number one thing to us is rather than only a cultural party, we're keen to make real headway in becoming useful parts of this exciting network. I am a South African, while my wife is an adopted one....so we have a "back-of-the-mind" goal of being able to bring some applicable, true leadership back to our country and neighbours one day in the future. Thanks for reading this beast of an intro. Love your work. David & Fleur p.s. one last thing. We're both travelling on EU passports. Fleur has already done her 1 year working visa in both Aus and NZ. I haven't. Through your experience what is the easiest way to go about getting visa access for permaculture training and experience in good ol' Australasia.