Former Palms volunteer Monica Morrison recently to Baucau, Timor-Leste to see her former students receive their Masters of Education degrees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s International Women’s Day. What greater reason to spend some time watching these inspiring videos from women across the world.
Check out our 50 years infographic, showing what is possible when a small group of people in 1961 decide to start a volunteer program.
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?