Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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Palms Post December 2014

A not-so subtle theme in this Palms Post is the exchange of LOVE, whether it be love of neighbour as discussed at the Solidarity Awards, the requirement of justice when one is motivated by love to assist others, or the overwhelming love often expressed by our volunteers for their host communities.

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Director’s Report: Exchange of Love requires Justice

A 1977 paper by Dermot Dorgan, a former Columban Missionary, and later Education Officer at both Australian Catholic Relief (now Caritas Australia) and Mercy Works, argued that “Mission without development is mission diminished and development without openness to mission is development diminished.” Palms is unique in integrating the principles of mission and development into preparation […]

Solidarity Guest Speaker Maha Krayem Abdo

Love, Peace and SOLIDARITY: Palms’ 3rd Annual Awards

Attendees at Palms’ 3rd Annual Solidarity awards will remember Corinne Desira who along with her fellow Palms interns Madeleine Whitby, Catherine Mitchell and Liesje Barratt, greeted guests and worked with tireless enthusiasm throughout the evening. Here Corrine gives her report of a most inspiring and thought-provoking  event, Palms Australia’s 3rd Annual Solidarity Awards, held at ACU […]


All people desire peace but only few want the things which result in peace. - Thomas of Kempen