Palms Post: September 2005

Annual Report 2005
The financial year of 2004/2005 involved many changes for Palms including the consortium bid for an AusAID contract and the creation of the Australian Global Volunteer Network (AGVN) which followed, a greater focus on building community support in Australia and a strong show of support from Palms’ members, donors, returnees, partners and friends. The Annual Report details the developments of the past year as well as our vision for the future. It can be viewed or downloaded in whole or part by using the links below.

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President’s Report

“What vision do we share now for the working poor, refugees, the elderly, the hungry of this world?”

Director’s Report

The year has really been very similar to the cycle of one who goes to live cross-culturally. Beginning with a wonderful honeymoon period where on the surface life can seem idyllic before illusions are shattered and the dawning reality can take one to the pits.

Programs and Support

The following are personal placement reflections from just two of the twenty PALMS volunteers who returned from placement in the last twelve months.

Programs and Support

“Relationships are a funny thing. They are hard enough to maintain in your own community, not to mention the difficulties you are faced with in a cross-cultural situation.”

Engaging the Australian Community

To offer best practice in global volunteering it is essential to both recruit appropriate volunteers and develop the necessary income to support their placement.


Friendships grow between people of different backgrounds and cultures because they meet as persons, not because they share a common heritage.
Such friendships grow because we all belong to the largest group of all, the human race. - Jean Vanier