Palms Post: October 2009

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This special “From the Field” edition of Palms Post contains six letters from volunteers at various stages of their first year. Relating to their work and their lives outside work and expressing the gamut of emotions, these honest portrayals of the volunteer experience are worthwhile reading for all interested in global volunteering.

Other articles explore Palms’ new program on the Thai/Burma border, community education initiatives and current requests from overseas partners for volunteers.

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An Alignment of the Stars

Fresh approaches to previous processes, that improve our ability to open new Palms to new communities, make being busy considerably more joyful than painful.

New Directions

Providing training in a refugee camp setting is a new direction for Palms, although one which fits entirely with Palms’ vision and mission for sustainable development.

Letter from the Field (1 month)

Marlene Rasmussen, from Toowoomba QLD, is volunteering for the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru in Tarawa, Kiribati.

Letter from the field (4 months)

Death always seems very close here, but as Fred Smith says “Life seems much grander too”. Many occasions lately have the stamp of history being made before our eyes.

Letter from the field (5 months)

Now that we are getting our bearings a bit more and the end of the building project is in sight, we would like to start looking at what activities we should be focusing on over the next eighteen months.

Letter from the field (6 months)

Nurses are certainly the primary caregivers in PNG and the backbone of the health care system. Doctors are mainly found in large provincial hospitals and about 75% of all nurses work in rural health care facilities.

Letter from the field (9 months)

Where did that confidence come from? I don’t really know. Will it last? Don’t know the answer to that either. Whatever factors helped flower such a response, the point is, that it happened.

Letter from the field (12 months)

The RUCO students (with the usual exceptions) are quite inspiring in the way that they cope with the kind of problems not faced by students I have taught at universities in Australia, Dubai and Taiwan.

Carlita’s Story

Carlita is one of the main health workers at Atabae, working with Palms volunteer Margaret Hall. She had just one month of English training before writing this short story of her life.


The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, the imagination and the resources of its people. - Ernesto Sirolli