Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Palms 96th Orientation

96th Orientation Revisited

Participants at our 96th Orientation have much to thank Palms intern Liesje Barratt for: Not only did she organise much of the event -in front and behind the scenes- but also introduced us to the game of  Kupps! Here Leisje gives her account of a most enjoyable and inspirational week- From January 9th -17th Palms Australia held […]


Richard’s Arrival

Richard Harris from Salamander Bay NSW shares the slightly daunting experience of first arriving in his placement, where he is volunteering as Electrical Instructor for Don Bosco Technical Centre, Apia, Samoa- I have arrived in Samoa, Thursday 28th January 2015 at 5.15am on pleasant flight direct from Sydney to Faleolo. 5.25 hours air time with friendly, […]

Water cropped

Running Water

In urban Australia fresh water seems so abundant we use it to flush toilets.  It is easy to forget how precious water is in the majority world. In Maliana, Timor Leste, fresh drinking/cooking water is obtained in bottles or from natural springs, yet for other purposes any running water will do. Volunteer Paul Tan reflects […]

Local students visiting Balibo CLC

Patience and positive change in Balibo

Balibo Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Timor Leste is based around the Australia Flag House memorial to the Balibo Five. The Learning Centre provides several services to the local community, including computer training, mechanical workshops, English classes and mentoring of rural women’s cooperatives. Leanne Hayes from Brisbane has volunteered as Institutional Development Officer at Balibo […]

The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, the imagination and the resources of its people. - Ernesto Sirolli