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Palms Australia is seeking expressions of interest from skilled and professional people interested in volunteering in PNG or elsewhere from 2011.
Since the beginnings of the Paulians Fr Cyril was present, sharing his tremendous wisdom but never attempting to seize the reins.
While in the field, volunteers often have time to ponder a great variety of topics. Here, Kevin Wilson shares his reflections on cultural and national identity.
We should expect our aid money to be used in the most effective way possible and seek a bi-partisan commitment increasing the percentage spent through development NGOs.
There is also a gang of six from Manam Island who had been trained by Fr Zuccolo who have extended and renovated the other living quarters where people can stay when they come for seminars, conferences or training.
Coffee is the number one cash crop in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, with over two million people depending on money earned from coffee to cover basic living expenses such as food, children’s school fees, clothing and medicines.
Jobs include getting up at 1am and chasing boys back inside the dorms as they managed to get out; getting up at 2am to calm down an entire dormitory of screaming boys because someone saw a ghost – AGAIN!
I have recently discovered that I live in what was the morgue of the old hospital, but despite a widespread customary belief in the spirit world I have not had any ghostly experiences.
This article is too short to adequately describe PNG, but by introducing some interesting facts, I hope it sparks some interest and possibly dispels some myths.
Barbara’s first engagement with Palms started after answering a 2002 advertisement in her church bulletin where we were seeking office volunteers to assist with the administration of enquiries and applications.
When asked about my work I have frequently reflected on how privileged I am to work with so many, willing to give so much. Have I now been called to a harder mission?