Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Faith-based in a secular world

Should faith-based organisations require all staff to hold the faith? What should be the expectations of non-religious staff working for a faith-based organisation?

Upcoming events

In 2013, we have scheduled Information Sessions, Re-entry workshop, Orientation Course, Palms Encounters, a book launch and our second annual Solidarity Awards.

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 […]

Encounter the frontlines of climate change

A sea wall holds back the ocean in a Palms Australia volunteer’s backyard in Bikenibeu, Tarawa, Kiribati.

This year, for the first time, Palms will bring two Encounter groups to Kiribati.

Inspiring women drive change

Kevin (rear, left) and Margaret (rear, third from left) with Mana Rince (in front of Margaret), Mana Dina (far right) and OHM staff and volunteers

OHM is the only local NGO still to be in operation in the whole of Bobonaro district. We worked diligently on submissions – not knowing if/when the project might be cancelled.

A legacy in two lands

Bequests not only assist development of communities seeking to reduce poverty, but ultimately build the awareness and capacity of more Australians to engage in human development. They can begin a never ending contribution to Palms’ vision of a just and peaceful world free of poverty.

Passing the torch

Anne Chapman and Heather Henderson at Palms' Orientation Course in January 2013.

No longer is the priority receiving a volunteer to focus on classroom teaching. Now, Atabae’s teaching assistants have asked for a teacher to focus on enhancing their skills in program planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation.

New faces

Brief profiles of 10 of our volunteers taking up placements in Zambia, PNG, East Timor and Kiribati.

Palms’ 94th, my first

Becc and Glenn negotiate a deal in Bafa Bafa

By the end of the course, our understanding and knowledge had risen exponentially. The bonds and commonality of participants had strengthened as well. I have no fears now about going to East Timor. I am just excited to meet all my new colleagues and friends that I will discover during my journey.

My ongoing re-orientation

Yes, we go out to others with vocational skills, but we must never think for a moment that this is the most important part of Palms’ Mission. We must never think that we have so much more to offer our hosts with our Western approaches, most of which are failing on so many levels. What do we know of sustainability, interdependence, solidarity?


Friendships grow between people of different backgrounds and cultures because they meet as persons, not because they share a common heritage.
Such friendships grow because we all belong to the largest group of all, the human race. - Jean Vanier