Where do we work?: Timor-Leste

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Population: 1,292,755

Area: 15,007 sq. km.

Median Age: 21.5

Literacy: 58.6 %

Languages: Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian, about 16 indigenous languages

A brief history of independence.

mid 1500s – Timor colonised by Portugal
1859 – Portugal cedes West Timor to the Dutch
1942-1945 – Japan occupies East Timor
28 November 1975 – East Timor declared independent from Portugal
7 December 1975 – invaded and occupied by Indonesia. It is estimated that 100,000 to 250,000 were killed over the next two decades.
30 August 1999 – referendum held with majority voting for independence. Another 1400 were killed and 300,000 fled to West Timor as refugees.
20 September 1999 – Australian-led peacekeeping orce (INTERFET) deployed.
20 May 2002 – Timor-Leste internationally recognised as an independent state.

Current Volunteers   Recent Volunteers
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Below are some profiles of volunteers currently working in Timor-Leste.

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Liz Keating

IFMA, Baucau Timorese vocational college Instituto Filhas de Maria Auxiliadora (IFMA) located in Venilale, Timor Leste requested an English teacher to mentor its hospitality students and staff. Run by the Salesian Sisters, the college offers technical and vocational courses among more conventional academic subjects. Vocational training is an ideal education model, particularly in rural societies, as […]


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Peter Cassidy

Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus Bedois Escola Primaria Sabracalaran and Escola Primaria Bedois are two primary schools managed by Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus (St Therese of the Child Jesus Parish) in Bedois, a suburb of Dili, Timor Leste. After recent years of steady and successful growth in its schools, the Parish requested […]


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Margaret Cassidy

Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus Bedois Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus (St Therese of the Child Jesus Parish) is responsible for two primary schools, Escola Primaria Sabracalaran and Escola Primaria Bedois in the outer Dili suburb of Bedois, Timor Leste. Palms has a strong relationship with the parish community and has previously placed […]


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Veronica Chong

Veronica Chong in volunteering in Atabae, Timor Leste


Dianne

Dianne Hanna

Dianne Hanna is volunteering for two years with the Diocese of Maliana, Timor Leste


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Michele Rankin

Michele Rankin is volunteering in Balibo, Timor Leste


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Philip Cranley

Philip Cranley is volunteering at Dili Diocese Education Foundation, Timor Leste


Growing Confidence in Balibo

March 8, 2017

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

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 […]


Peter Cassidy in Bedois, Timor Leste

January 31, 2017

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Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus Bedois Escola Primaria Sabracalaran and Escola Primaria Bedois are two primary schools managed by Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus (St Therese of the Child Jesus Parish) in Bedois, a suburb of Dili, Timor Leste. After recent years of steady and successful growth in its schools, the Parish requested […]


Margaret Cassidy in Timor Leste

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Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus Bedois Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus (St Therese of the Child Jesus Parish) is responsible for two primary schools, Escola Primaria Sabracalaran and Escola Primaria Bedois in the outer Dili suburb of Bedois, Timor Leste. Palms has a strong relationship with the parish community and has previously placed […]


The First 6 Months

August 16, 2016

OHM Training Workshop

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 […]


Veronica Chong in Timor Leste

June 27, 2016

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Veronica Chong in volunteering in Atabae, Timor Leste


Dianne Hanna volunteering in Timor Leste

March 8, 2016

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Dianne Hanna is volunteering for two years with the Diocese of Maliana, Timor Leste


Michele Rankin in Timor Leste

March 1, 2016

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Michele Rankin is volunteering in Balibo, Timor Leste


George Pinto in Timor Leste

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Fundacao Sao Paulo, Dili, Timor Leste Just as it did during years of struggle, the Catholic Church continues to play an important role in Timor Leste, not only in spiritual guidance but also providing social services such as health, youth programs and especially education. In this the Church often bridges the gap where government resources […]


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