Palms Post: October 2008

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This edition of Palms Post explores the variety of cross-cultural relationships developed through the work of Palms Australia. From the story of Celina and Veronica, our first “reverse volunteering” participants to the connections between Australian and overseas communities which are enhanced through Palms’ volunteers to the support of volunteers and partners provided through field trips, Palms continues its efforts to advance mutually enriching and challenging relationships of acceptance, understanding and care.

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Crossing cultures: there to here

With the suggestion of “reverse volunteering” already in mind, when Linh called Palms to enquire further about “hospitality internship”, the time seemed right to begin a pilot project.

Kiribati Field Trip

Overall, it was wonderful to see the great work being done by all our current Palms volunteers in Kiribati.

Opening our hands to the world

In the last edition of Palms Post, as part of our celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of the Paulian Association, we reflected upon the memories and achievements of Palms volunteers and staff from the 1960s, 70’s and 80’s. In this edition, we move into the 1990’s and the first decade of the new millennium.

The Friends of Ermera

In response to requests from the Ermera District Administration, Friends of Ermera developed as our primary focus support for the provision of education throughout the District.

Papua New Guinea Field Trip

Just as Australia is more than just the Opera House, cricketers, kangaroos and beer, there is so much more to our northern neighbour than popular images give credit to.

Palms Australia’s 88th Orientation Course

For eight days the twelve participants involved in the course engaged in an intensive programme of seminars, discussions and group activities designed to provide them with thorough preparation, advice and support for their imminent placements overseas.


If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come
because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. - Lilla Watson