Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Greetings from Kiribati

On the Port resize

Helena Charlesworth, volunteer at Sacred Heart High School, Tarawa, Kiribati, returns to her placement after Christmas in a very different place She writes– It was lovely to be back in Australia, especially the week I spent in my home town, Devonport (Tas.) which I hadn’t visited for the past three years. Being with friends there and […]

The value of a visit

Helena, Sr Eileen, Marlene and Kernah

Palms undertakes to visit each volunteer at least once during their placement. After each visit, the visiting representative writes a report for members, however this year we let the volunteers themselves report on the value of a Field Visit.

Kiribati: Field Trip Report

Theresa Murphy joins an I-Kiribati dance

Palms Australia has three volunteers currently working in Kiribati. Theresa Murphy, at St Dominic’s Pre-School/Child-Care Centre ( Sacred Heart Parish, Teaoraereke), Marlene Rasmussen at the Diocese of Tarawa & Nauru office (Teaoraereke), and Helena Charlesworth at Sacred Heart High School (Bikenibeu).

Kiribati Field Trip

A Kiribati Sunset

Overall, it was wonderful to see the great work being done by all our current Palms volunteers in Kiribati.

Letters from Kiribati

Our accommodation on Christmas Island was interesting; a local “motel”, it comprised three two-bedroom units, each of which was made of bush materials – palm branch roofing, walls made of 25mm wide “boards” held together with string!

New placements for 2007

Listed below are five of the confirmed placements for the coming year. We are seeking CommUnity Partners for these and several others which are currently being finalised.

Hope Through Education

We are amazed at the indomitable spirit of our students and the people in the local area, and their resilience in adversity. One of our students, coming to our small 2-bedroom home on the school property, remarked, “What a big house! Don’t you get lonely here?”


I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands
to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. - Mohandas Gandhi