Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Everybody benefits

Atabae community was able to receive Sharon Hearns as a volunteer nurse because an Australian community (FPET, The Gap Parish, Brisbane) assisted with the costs of her placement.

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

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.

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

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!

Donna Furler spoke in Orange of her experiences as a volunteer dental hygienist in Timor-Leste.

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

Mim Buchhorn and Damian Rake

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.

Kevin Wilson in Tunaniya, Bougainville

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.


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. - Charles du Bois