Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Passing the torch

Anne Chapman and Heather Henderson at Palms' Orientation Course in January 2013.

No longer is the priority receiving a volunteer to focus on classroom teaching. Now, Atabae’s teaching assistants have asked for a teacher to focus on enhancing their skills in program planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation.

Volunteers speak from Timor-Leste

Video: Volunteers speak from Timor-Leste

In our latest Youtube video, three Palms volunteers speak about why volunteering is important and why people should volunteer with Palms Australia.

A Grassroots Approach to Development

Palms staff Barry Hinton (left) and Christine (centre-right) with volunteer John Chang (centre-left), Fr Angelo (third from left), Sr Angelita (third from right) and other staff from Dili Diocese.

Palms Australia continues to receive requests for volunteers from grass roots communities and organisations to assist build capacities across the health, education and agricultural sectors.

From the (rice) Field

Many of the paddies were as green as green because they were full of the seedlings. The lushness of this contrasted with the mountains behind, the sea on the other side of the road and the bright colours of all the people bending down.

Culture, a matter of life and death

John, Anne and Sr Lucy at the Bishop's Birthday Party

One of the great joys of volunteering is sharing in the real culture of another community. Recently, Anne Chapman in East Timor and Fran Hewitt in South Africa shared insights into family and death respectively.

Field Trips: Developing Relationships

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton have recently completed placements with Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.

Seeing the assignment locations and meeting the partners firsthand allows Palms’ staff to make some difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising one placement over another when faced with limited numbers of volunteers or limited funds required to send them.

Training Teachers in Atabae

Former Palms Australia volunteer, Anne, with teaching assistants Jonh, Maria and Afonso

Congratulations to Maria, Jonh and Afonso for being appointed to the position of assistant teachers. These outstanding young adults presented their CVs and then were interviewed on March 16.

New Positions

Angelino, David and Heath at Ahisaun Foundation

Of our 13 participants in January’s Orientation Course, 8 have confirmed placements which will begin in the coming months, with several others awaiting final placement details.

Eight more volunteer profiles online

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Eight new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.

Palms launches Jubilee Year at 91st Orientation Course

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.


The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace. - M. Scott Peck