News: Upcoming events

Information Sessions

Palms Australia’s staff and state representatives will be travelling from March to May to hold information sessions for individuals interested in volunteering.

Come along to ask any questions about what is involved and to hear the stories of returnees who have volunteered with Palms.

  • Brisbane: Thursday 14th March, 2013, 6:00pm
  • Sydney: Thursday 2nd May 2013, 6:00pm
  • Parramatta: Saturday 4th May, 10:00am
  • Melbourne: Saturday 11th May, 10:00am
  • Adelaide, Canberra and Perth: to be confirmed.

Venue details will be placed at shortly. Please contact Sarah, on (02) 9518 9551 or, if you would like to be alerted about sessions in your nearest capital city or if you can assist us in publicising the events through your workplace, parish or professional associations.

Book launch

Nichole Georgeou’s research, conducted with the support of Palms Australia and UOW, into international development volunteering has been published as a hardcover book. “Neoliberalism, Development and Aid Volunteering” (2012, Routledge, New York) will be launched on 13th May in Melbourne and 17th May in Sydney.

Palms Encounters

This year, we have four Palms Encounters scheduled. Our new Palms Encounter: Kiribati (pp10-11) is scheduled to run in April and November this year.

Encounters to Timor-Leste will depart in July and September. Visit for more details and to reserve your space.

Re-entry Workshop

Palms will be holding a re-entry workshop in Sydney from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th March.

This workshop is recommended for anyone who has returned from an overseas placement within the last two years. This workshop consistently earns praise as a tool for re-settling into Australian life and preparing oneself for whatever may come next. It is open to Palms’ participants and individuals from other organisations.

95th Orientation Course

We will be holding our 95th Orientation Course in Parramatta from September 27th until October 5th, 2013.  Individuals interested in volunteering in 2014 are encouraged to apply soon to find out more.

Dr Ramos Horta with the 2012 Solidarity Award WinnersSolidarity Awards

Following our terrific inaugural awards evening in 2013 featuring Palms’ Patron, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, we are proud to announce the second annual Solidarity Awards will be held on the afternoon of October 5th. Please mark this date in your calendar.

We are also accepting nominations for award recipients, so if there is an individual or organisation you believe epitomises solidarity, please email

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