Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Everybody benefits

It is always interesting to try to get people to see the value of engaging in international development in collaboration with an organisation like Palms, rather than by putting resources into a project or materials that they self-identify as good aid. I understand the distrust given the way some organisations appear to burn funds on […]

Making Connections

Palms has long understood that realising our vision of a just, sustainable, peaceful and interdependent world would require connecting communities. This part of our mission, whether engaging parishes, schools, friendship groups, workplaces or sporting clubs can be hard work, but it is always rewarding.

Our new blog – sharing, sharing, sharing

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.

Get involved online

We are now beginning to see the opportunities presented by social media. Sceptics may decry the hype and the abundance of puerile content, as they did with the web 15 years ago, but the social web offers great possibilities for furthering Palms’ mission.

The Roadshow rolls on!

After 50 years of humble service, Palms finally decided it was time to blow our own trumpet. Usually, we get access to a parish here or a school there at the discretion of the local priest or principal and the patience of people who sometimes, understandably, feel fatigued.

Mission accomplished?

While it came with conditions – 1-year maximum placements, enhanced security procedures- and no guarantee of further funding, finally we could concentrate on recruiting volunteers without stressing as much about funds …for now …sort of.

A non-trivial matter

An environmental engineer and registered nurse respectively, Mim and Damian have answered a request made of Palms Australia to work with Hatubuilico Parish and Clinic to meet their environmental management and health goals.

Give a Volunteer this Christmas and be ready to receive.

If Palms were an employment agency in Australia the organisations seeking employees with specific skills would be our clients and pay good money for the service. However, this is not simply a market driven relationship between client and service-provider.


Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand. - Chinese proverb