Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Pauline Randall

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, […]

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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 […]

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Soccer in Atabae

With the recent Soccer World Cup we have seen again much debate on the relationship between sport, commercialism and mass media. Many of us would like to get back to basics and just enjoy play for its own sake! Ian Gray, at IT professional recently returned from Atabae, Timor Leste, gives his report of such […]


Realising the Dream in Atabae, Timor Leste

Following independence the people of Timor Leste quickly recognised that growth in education was key to the development of their communities and nation. Almost without exception, Timorese students express an insistent determination to learn and improve their English skills as an avenue to further education and employment. Heather Henderson, a teacher from Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, […]


Rebuilding families and hopes in Ofcolaco, South Africa

Holy Family Centre in Ofcolaco, Limpopo Privince, South Africa is hosting two Palms Volunteers -Carmel Lawry, an experienced health care professional from Melbourne, and Louisa Cataldo, a passionate  teacher and musician from Sydney. Working on different ‘front lines’ both women are helping to rebuild life and hope in a region devastated by poverty, abuse, civil […]


I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands
to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. - Mohandas Gandhi