Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

A different way of being

Sue Ryan, a science teacher, lecturer and deputy principal from New Zealand is finding that volunteering in Kiribati is not as slow-paced as one might expect.

Change can and does occur

Monica and Anche

Returning to Baucau years after she’d finished her placement, Monica Morrison came to the conclusion that “change can move so slowly when one is in the midst of volunteering. It almost seems imperceptible, but it can and does occur. “

Valuable feedback

Balibo CLC Staff

“The approach of Palms volunteers was noticeably different to other volunteer sending organisations.”

Health and Gender

Stephen and Emma Yates explain what their roles as a volunteer doctor and gender justice advocate entail.

A focus on wellbeing

Australian Unity Foundation has recognised Palms Australia’s programs as a good way to promote wellbeing globally and in Australia.

Mutual relationships

Palms has always sought stronger, more challenging relationships with our partners, and we are proud to announce two exciting new collaborations with ACU.

Your plans for 2014?

Sharon with Health Centre Staff

We are seeking applications from individuals and couples interested in filling a number of requests in 2014.

Many hands

We are happy to welcome the newest member of Palms Australia’s team, Sean Dostal, in the role of Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator.

Changes to Palms Post

Reflecting the changing way we communicate, we are hoping to transition much of our readership to the electronic version of our magazine by 2014. Please complete our three question survey to indicate your preferences.

Leading the way

Our dignity as human beings relies on all of us being both givers and receivers. Shared knowledge and skills can improve all of our lives and it is so important to achieving solidarity that we do not allow our judgements about good development, no matter how well researched, to direct the priorities of receiving communities.


To evangelise is to make the Kingdom of God present in our world … to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 176, 188)