Palms Post: March 2010

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This issue begins with a focus on “social capital”; how it is necessary for Palms’ operations; the extent to which it makes donations more efficient and how Palms makes the most of it.  There is also a call for people to contribute to Palms’ social capital by assisting with the organising of our 50th celebrations next year.

Also in this issue are the usual letters from the field and a profile of EAPPI, a peace-building program in Palestine/Israel run by the World Council of Churches.

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Social Capital: Is Palms Worth the Ask?

Returned Palms’ health professionals, who intimately understand the circumstances of volunteer placements overseas, always seem willing to assist departing volunteers to know how to manage tropical and other health issues. Many others also willingly give so much in-kind assistance to Palms.

Social Capital: A Profile of Providers

Volunteering for Palms did not stop when Bridgette returned and after settling the children back into school she was offering assistance again.

Orientation Course

“Great course, Variety of activities that pushed us out of comfort zone- a real authentic course- not just theoretical knowledge…. it was great to have people participating from a variety of backgrounds- it enriched the whole group.”

Letter from Vunapope, PNG

The papers just keep coming in and include weekly revision worksheets, but I have learned a lot of it has to do with preparation and the clarity in which you ask the questions and learning how the girls interpret and understand things.

Letter from Maliana, Timor-Leste

Sally Johnson who, with Ben Kildea, is volunteering to provide health care in Maliana in Timor-Leste, describes the challenges and rewards of rural health projects. The morning fog was so dense along the mountain road to the turn of at Nunutana that we were only able to see two metres in front of the car. […]

Help us celebrate 50 years of PALMS

In 2011, we will mark 50 years of the PALMS programme. In this time, we have seen over 1400 volunteers recruited, prepared, sent and supported in 38 countries. Over this time, over $160million worth of experience has been donated to our partner communities.

A volunteer’s thoughts on “Copenhagen”

Frank Morgan, working with refugees on an education project on the Thai/Burma border, demonstrates his empathy for the people of low-lying Pacific nations.

Staff Movements

It is an interesting time at Palms at the moment, with new staff to welcome and departing staff to farewell.

Letter from Tarawa, Kiribati

Wow! It’s hard to believe I have been here for 7 months. I have been met with highs and lows that are to be expected with living in a different culture and I am happy to report that it is mostly highs.

Letter from Tarawa, Kiribati

It was a dark, wet, soaking, deep potholed, hour-long bush track trip back for help. All delegates travelled in a big rough truck sometimes bouncing a metre off the floor of the truck.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

The EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.


Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. - Unknown