Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Supporting African Initiative

Each field visit provides the great privilege of meeting our partners and being reminded that our volunteers are only a tiny part of a long-term development story which is driven by Africans. It is a terrific reminder of what Palms Australia is all about – supporting local initiative.

A Grassroots Approach to Development

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.

It’s an honour

I would hope now to champion and promote Palms Australia’s contributions to promoting peace, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable capacity development. I will do this by seeking to engage with Government and non government leaders and agencies, as well as churches and other people of goodwill.

Nursing in Atabae

The opportunity to take time out to volunteer was something we could not say no to. I had been part of an Encounter Group visit to Timor-Leste in 2010 and came home to Australia full of the possibilities. It was only a matter of time for all of the jigsaw pieces to fit together!

Volunteer Impacts Infographic

This infographic provides an interesting insight into what a single volunteer can contribute to their hosts over 12 months.

Recounting the encounter

Following the July Encounter, Anne Chapman, asked her students to write a short piece about the visit. These pieces demonstrate the potential of education. Anne says: “Joanito has reached this level with only four hours per week, all with Maria [one of the teachers Anne is mentoring].”

A first taste

Encounter Participants Timor-Leste 2012

I recently returned from Palms’ July Encounter to Timor-Leste. The Encounter was an amazing journey to a beautiful country with a great group of people! It was much more than a site-seeing trip.

Bushulo Health Centre

The Safe Motherhood outreach program has reduced the number of maternal deaths in the villages. My role has been to help improve the quality of nursing care in the hospital, assist with the management of pharmaceutical supplies and to provide support for the Administrator in the management of this complex range of services.

Solidarity Awards Dinner

Doltone House provides a tremendous location You can now book online by following this link. Palms Australia will host its inaugural Solidarity Awards and Fundraising Dinner on 16th October 2012 at Doltone House, a very special venue overlooking the world-famous Harbour Bridge. It will be a memorable night of appreciation, inspiration, entertainment and surprises. Join […]

Two great peacemakers open their hands

We’re excited to announce our new Patrons, who have agreed to assist promote Palms Australia’s vision and mission. We have included here also the selection criteria, in case you can think of someone else who might fit the bill.

Symbiotic Fertilisation at 51

Discernment of new directions and the PVF created a symbiotic fertilisation of one another at Palms’ Organisational Review in November 2011. Now as we approach Spring we are seeing some early blooms, but more importantly most volunteer involvement with counterparts has created what we might call a bloom space in which beneficiaries can flourish for years to come.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. - Marianne Williamson