Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Letters from the field: farewell Ellie

Ellie's students farewell her with a traditional tais

Towards the end one of my other students, Saturnino said, “We hope you felt loved Teacher.” That’s exactly how I did feel. Such an explosion of joy and appreciation filled me that I couldn’t cry, I just felt so incredibly alive.

Letter from Ermera, Timor-Leste

Students play cat and mouse

Somehow having believed I was invisible initially, I wasn’t invisible any longer, and the principal thanked me for visiting their school and bestowed a tais. I was quite overwhelmed and unprepared.

Letter from the field (9 months)

Ellie with Jose, a former trainee

Where did that confidence come from? I don’t really know. Will it last? Don’t know the answer to that either. Whatever factors helped flower such a response, the point is, that it happened.

Timor-Leste Photo Essay

Daniel, Fr Adriano, Christine and Benjamin

A photo essay through Timor-Leste.

The Friends of Ermera

Ellie (centre) with Lee Norris and Jan Trezise from Friends of Ermera

In response to requests from the Ermera District Administration, Friends of Ermera developed as our primary focus support for the provision of education throughout the District.


If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come
because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. - Lilla Watson