In the exposure phase, the focus is on inter-personal meeting. The visitors usually stay in pairs with a host person or a host family's private and working environment for a period of three to four days. They participate in regular day-to-day activities inclusive of livelihood activities of their hosts - by active collaboration; thus, hands-on. For example, the visitors work on the field of small farmers, in the company of textile workers, in the shop of small business owners, in the household when preparing meals or taking care of children, etc.
By staying with their hosts and immersing themselves into the reality of life and the social environment on site, the visitors gain personal experiences that are individual and subjective. If a specific life story of a person from that host family raises the interests of the visitor, change of perspective becomes possible.
A trained local person supports the guests and host families in communication and meeting on eye level - through interpretation and intercultural advice. Usually, those facilitators are employees of the local EDP host organisation that identified and prepared the hosts.