Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Seeds bear fruit at Christmas and beyond

Dear John and Des I bring you good news. Some of our Eagle Wood trees both at Emmaus Farm and behind our workshops are bearings pods. This is wonderful. We were waiting for that. Next week we will collect sand again and get some beds ready for the germination when the time comes. The trees […]

News in brief

Three brief updates from Fran Hewitt in South Africa, John Gartner in Papua New Guinea and Kernah Foster in Kiribati.

Papua New Guinea Field Trip

A recent trip to Madang and Kiunga provided many insights into the importance of our volunteers and our approach to volunteering.

Retired volunteers: the giving of wisdom

You would be mistaken if you think volunteering is just a “young person’s game”. Older volunteers bring a number of qualities which can make them the most effective at contributing to their host communities.

Once more into the fray

Volunteering can be both a challenging and immensely rewarding experience. Few returnees would claim to remain unchanged by the experience. Some, such as Des Hansen and Monica Morrison, value the experience so much that they return for another placement.

Building houses and building capacity/Keep Palms in PNG

For security reasons, AusAID is currently unwilling to support Palms Volunteers placed in Papua New Guinea, though we remain as committed as ever to continuing our work with our partners in PNG. Our relationships and networks are too strong to abandon. Our history and knowledge of PNG are too valuable to waste.

Emmaus Farm

“I have done a lot of work in relation to developing a business case to justify the purchase of a 15 metre boat; eaglewood plantations; the four PNG Sustainable Development Projects (PNGSDP) Ltd projects; miscellaneous advice for Bishop and have participated in pastoral activities. Importantly, I have been coordinating the activities at Emmaus farm – a significant workload, but an exciting one.”

Field Trip: Papua New Guinea

While large-scale projects – roads, mobile phone towers, mines, etc. – prided by governments and corporations, capture our attention from a distance; the small, local activities are most meaningful to people’s lives.


Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. - Nelson Mandela