Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

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Director’s Report- Integrated Mission and Development on the menu at Solidarity Dinner

At this year’s Solidarity Awards Palms Australia patron Deacon Gary Stone will speak on loving our neighbours.  I worry sometimes that the phrase has become a little overused, hackneyed and so clichéd that people have stopped wanting to be told how we might do this.  Are we a little awkward about love? Palms encourages us […]

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A volunteer for 45 years -and counting!

Read about the inspiring Pauline Randall, Palms’ longest serving serial volunteer!

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Volunteer with Palms!

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 Australia’s 3rd Annual Solidarity Awards

Join us for Palms Australia’s Third Annual Solidarity Awards, to be held at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield on October 11th. Palms Australia’s 3rd Annual Solidarity Awards Saturday 11 October 2014, 6:30 pm Gleeson Atrium, Australian Catholic University (ACU) 25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW This year’s theme will focus on “Integrating Mission and Development […]


Be inspired beyond…

Palms Australia conducts Encounters to Timor Leste and Kiribati. On a Palms Encounter you are provided a glimpse into the lives of needy communities and discover the relationship between culture, development and volunteering.  Catherine Mitchell, an ACU undergraduate and Palms intern gives her account of joining the Palms Encounter to Timor Leste in May- Almost […]


Emmaus Farm: a Smorgasbord of Memories

Palms returnee volunteers invariably express that they received much more than they gave during their placements. This would certainly be true of recent returnee Des Hansen as he reminiscences over his experience at Emmaus Farm, his second Palms placement in Papua New Guinea.  Working with the students daily, and sometimes of an evening, was a […]

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An Outer Island Experience- Marakei, Kiribati by Marlene Rasmussen

Wednesday 27th August dawned as a normal day, off to work for a  busy day in the office.   At a minute’s notice I caught the flight to Marakei. Sue needed my car to collect her paint; she collected the paint and dropped me off at the airport. A truck was waiting to pick me […]

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Rural Health and Women’s Leadership in Lusaka, Zambia

Now in the final months of their placements in Lusaka, Zambia, Emma and Stephen Yates have contributed on two fronts to the Palms Vision. Stephen, a Senior MO, gives his account of the challenges faced by a fledgling referral hospital team -including fears should the Ebola epidemic spread-  while Emma speaks of her experience assisting […]

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