Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Veroica and community

Trust and Development

by Veronica Chong Now nine months in Atabae, Timor-Leste, where Veronica Chong is volunteer Community Development Officer, she sees the relationships formed as crucial to meaningful development in both communities and individuals, not least herself- It is the sense of social justice that motivates me in this journey. I am currently volunteering in Atabae in […]

Is that Michele in back? Local students at Australia Flag House

Growing Confidence in Balibo

by Michele Rankin. Just in time for International Womens’ Day, Michele Rankin writes of busy Balibo where even traumatic memories inspire hope and positive action. And yes: Women are a driving force- My first year in Balibo has been full of adventure and happenings. Balibo is situated along the western border of Timor-Leste and although […]

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Field Recipe

Ox & Palm Bolognese A good spag bol was the simple bachelor staple dish of many our younger days, and everyone has their own special version. What to do though in a land without refrigeration or butcher’s fresh mince? At the occasional village feast, very fresh meat is on the menu, but this doesn’t happen […]

Awards

Solidarity Nominations

Calling for Nominations: Palms’ 2017 Solidarity Awards Palms Australia’s Solidarity Awards were inaugurated in 2012 to recognise individuals, Australian organisations or groups who have acted in solidarity by cooperating across cultures to achieve a just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world free of poverty. Now in its sixth year, Palms Australia is seeking nominations for the […]


I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. - Stephen Krebbet