To our amazement, it has been quite difficult settling back into our culture and Palms, with their wealth of experience and the re-entry programme, have assisted and supported us along this path.”
Given that World Youth Day will be upon us very soon, now is a great time to consider how the experience will affect Australians beyond July 2008.
As we come to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Paulian Association, we also reflect upon the rich memories and achievements of Palms volunteers and supporters: people who have shared their gifts and lives with the world over the past five decades.
Nichole’s doctoral research will provide important insights into the role that cross-national volunteers play in sustainable development projects.
If we “open our hands to the world” like this we are adopting a posture that will enable us to successfully live by Palms values, achieve Palms vision, or accomplish the three threads of the Palms mission.
By truly making the effort to recognise his captors as people who shared the universal need for understanding, acceptance and care, Roy was able to get past the more superficial divisions that had been the main cause of the conflict.