Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development


Palms Australia Round Table Discussion 2015

Palms Australia is calling for papers by those interested in presenting at a Round Table Discussion on April 10, 2015. The theme of the discussion is: “Cross-cultural Mission and Development Volunteering: A collective and coordinated approach for transformation at home and abroad.” The Aim is to investigate effective ways of: • engaging people in strong […]

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Can you lend a hand?

Palms Australia currently has many requests from partner communities for volunteers to begin placements in a variety of fields. Commonly we are seeking people with any of the following skills: Health: nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, natural therapists, dental professionals, other specialists… Education: school teachers, lecturers, adult educators, English-language teachers, vocational trainers… Technical skills: carpenters, electricians, builders, […]


Palms 3rd Annual Solidarity Awards

Thank you for those who have attended Palms Australia’s 3rd Annual Solidarity Awards Dinner which was held at Australian Catholic University on Saturday 11 October. We were able to raise over $6000 for assisting the further capacity building of our overseas partners and provide greater opportunities for the people in these developing communities. Our guest speakers, […]

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Student Teachers share skills and passion in Timor Leste

Monica Morrison, now well into her second Timor Leste placement at Catholic Teachers College, Bacau, reports on the student-teachers she has mentored and their passion to pass on the skills they have gained to their peers and future generations-  I feel very privileged to have a new work space, which is not very typical of […]

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Louisa’s Update No. 7

Louisa Cataldo provides another update from the teaching side of Holy Family Care Centre, South Africa: Life as a volunteer is filled with rewards and equally with some disappointments. And while one certainly does not go looking for the rewards, it is always such a pleasure when they come unexpectedly. And so it happened that […]

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Back to reality… Children’s health in South Africa

Volunteer Carmel Lawry recently returned to her placement in Holy Family Care Centre, South Africa, after a brief “break” of study, work and exams in Australia to enhance her health qualifications. She provides another update of life for the community -and the young- of Ofcolaco: I have been back in Ofcolaco for 2 weeks and […]


If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come
because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. - Lilla Watson