Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

A Grassroots Approach to Development

Palms staff Barry Hinton (left) and Christine (centre-right) with volunteer John Chang (centre-left), Fr Angelo (third from left), Sr Angelita (third from right) and other staff from Dili Diocese.

Palms Australia continues to receive requests for volunteers from grass roots communities and organisations to assist build capacities across the health, education and agricultural sectors.

What is volunteering?

Heath Thompson at FLD

I learnt so much throughout my placement both professionally and personally. I learnt to be patient; most good development takes time. I learnt to be flexible; sometimes I wasn’t right in what I thought, so it was important for me to listen to find the right path for development.

Field Trips: Developing Relationships

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton have recently completed placements with Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.

Seeing the assignment locations and meeting the partners firsthand allows Palms’ staff to make some difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising one placement over another when faced with limited numbers of volunteers or limited funds required to send them.

New Positions

Angelino, David and Heath at Ahisaun Foundation

Of our 13 participants in January’s Orientation Course, 8 have confirmed placements which will begin in the coming months, with several others awaiting final placement details.

Eight more volunteer profiles online

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Eight new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.

Palms launches Jubilee Year at 91st Orientation Course

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.


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