Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Returning home

Re-entry group

I realised that I had been given a rare chance to relive and reflect on my time in Uganda during the re-entry weekend – I did not expect to get as much out of it as I did.

Sometimes it’s just about saving lives

Fr Tom, Lawrence and Edith in their down-time, walking to Sipi falls

The boy looked a lot better today, albeit still with some pallor and severe malaria, but I think he will continue to improve. I remembered thinking yesterday that this one success of saving that child’s life would make my trip here all worthwhile.

Orientation Course #92

Simulation exercises provide a deep insight into the challenges of working cross-culturally for development, and some useful tools. Pictured: Lawrence Chan, Fulvio Fabreschi, Ian Gray and Margaret Fogarty engage in nuanced trade negotiations.

There is something very rewarding about watching such a group interact, sharing their own expertise while working through Palms’ cross-cultural program, refined over 50 years.

Palms Encounter: Timor-Leste

Transport is not always luxurious, but the open back of a truck can be quite liberating.

The encounter has the ability to change the way you see yourself and how you can contribute to humanity on a profound level.


A partnership is not about money changing hands. A true partnership is about ideas changing minds. - Jan Vandemoortele