Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Going Back to Baucau – Like Returning Home

Monica's former student Anche greets her at the airport.

Former Palms volunteer Monica Morrison recently to Baucau, Timor-Leste to see her former students receive their Masters of Education degrees.

100 reasons to sign our petition

On June 5th, we tweeted 100 reasons to sign our petition to Bob Carr, which as it turns out are also 100 reasons AusAID should reinstate the volunteer fund.

Five things we don’t do (part 3: the final installment, but not the final word)

"Hold still. I just need to photograph your distress from a different angle."

The obligations to avoid volunteering “done wrong” fall predominantly to the sending organisations who have the opportunity to learn from experience and continually improve the process. This final installment includes considerations behind the scenes which may not be immediately apparent to the individuals who apply to volunteer.

5 more mistakes in development volunteering (part 2)

Foreigners as saviours?

Last week I wrote a piece listing five things we don’t do when sending volunteers. I described it as an introduction to “volunteering done wrong”. I now humbly present, part 2: five more mistakes in development volunteering.

What we don’t do – 5 rules for volunteering overseas (part 1)

Volunteers with shovels are like politicians with hard hats.

In order to defend volunteering as a worthwhile activity if “done right”, I have decided to outline what volunteering “done wrong” involves. This first installment covers 5 common mistakes made by volunteers.

Two minute videos capture the benefits of volunteering

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Palms is proud to release five new videos outlining a number of different perspectives on global volunteering. These brief videos allow you to hear how volunteers, Timorese partners and donors view Palms volunteers, and how they contribute to global justice.

Retired volunteers: the giving of wisdom

Ben, Frank and John in Madang

You would be mistaken if you think volunteering is just a “young person’s game”. Older volunteers bring a number of qualities which can make them the most effective at contributing to their host communities.

9 of our favourite Ted Talks by Women

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It’s International Women’s Day. What greater reason to spend some time watching these inspiring videos from women across the world.

Infographic: What do 50 years of volunteers look like?

50 years of Palms Australia volunteers infographic. Click for a full-size image

Check out our 50 years infographic, showing what is possible when a small group of people in 1961 decide to start a volunteer program.

6 common reactions to Fair Trade (in order of ascending cynicism)

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Imagine you work for a company which makes millions every year from products which cannot claim to meet these standards. How might you respond to questions posed to you about fairness and human rights?

Our new blog – sharing, sharing, sharing

Palms Australia's social media is opening our hands to the world

Keep in touch with Palms Australia’s news, stories and other updates is now easier than ever, with our presence on facebook, twitter and google plus.


The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, the imagination and the resources of its people. - Ernesto Sirolli