Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Letters from the field: farewell Ellie

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

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)

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

A photo essay through Timor-Leste.

The 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.


Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. - Unknown