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.
In our latest Youtube video, three Palms volunteers speak about why volunteering is important and why people should volunteer with Palms Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.
Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.