Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Les meeting a Mt Hagen Elder

Hugs and Handshakes

Volunteers generally come to Palms with wide and diverse experience, before being immersed in entirely new cultures, where pre-conceptions quickly unravel. The exception to prove the rule though is Les Hartwig, who with his wife Norelle, has spent most of his life and career in Papua New Guinea. Now volunteering in Mt Hagen, he is […]

OHM Training Workshop

The First 6 Months

Mark Broster, from western Sydney and well travelled, is the latest Palms volunteer working with Fundasaun Haburas Moris in Maliana, Timor Leste. Now with official NGO status, Haburas Moris is highly regarded locally as it continues to strengthen capacity and “develop life” for the rural communities of Bobonaro. Mark writes- It’s now been 6 months […]

Fr Peter Roger and Colleen

The Spirit of Palms

Directors Report, Roger O’Halloran The Spirit of Palms Palms staff have been consumed over several months by the need to find and move into a new office.  It threatened to derail our annual recruitment drive, end of financial year fundraising and the planned Diamond Jubilee Luncheon.  Yet in this knowledge we decided that the Sunday […]

Heather and child edit

The Driving Force

by Heather Henderson Just over a year into her second Palms placement, Heather Henderson describes the things which drive and inspire her work: A very personal statement but one all volunteers can relate to- Throughout my life I always had a desire to travel the world and work in areas of need.  I have always […]


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