Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

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.”

A non-trivial matter

An environmental engineer and registered nurse respectively, Mim and Damian have answered a request made of Palms Australia to work with Hatubuilico Parish and Clinic to meet their environmental management and health goals.

Teaching in New Guinea, 1970

Last edition we featured a letter from Colleen Keating, a volunteer teacher in Madang in the late 1960s. This prompted Manfred Hacker to share his memories of teaching in Alexishafen in 1970. We look forward to the next installment from a returnee.

“Will you take our students on an Encounter?”

Students will encounter people living simply, but we do not pretend that, in two weeks, we can make any sustainable contribution to the development of the communities we visit. Nor do we patronisingly pretend that in two weeks we might endure what we often imagine to be the deprivations and hardships of their lives.

Greetings from Arusha

Kathy Brick, from Melbourne, is three months into a placement with Edmund Rice Sinon School in Arusha, Tanzania. As with schools in Australia, ERSS is valued for providing a well-rounded education to its students. Kathy is contributing through her work helping students transition into an English language learning environment.

Training Teachers in Atabae

Congratulations to Maria, Jonh and Afonso for being appointed to the position of assistant teachers. These outstanding young adults presented their CVs and then were interviewed on March 16.

Human Rights and Youth in Uganda

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton are youth workers from Melbourne currently volunteering in Kampala with Youth Aid Uganda. Here, Elly shares her observations of the challenges facing young people and the importance of their work.

Board of Directors: Nominations needed

One very important contribution, individuals can make is as a Director on Palms’ Board.

Directors meet quarterly with the Executive Director to ensure the direction of Palms Australia reflects the desires of our members.

Breaking bread and sowing new seed

Stories shared at the Jubilee Launch at the January Orientation Course also assisted staff to re-value how a Palms placement helps us all to grow. Sitting, observing and listening on these occasions gives pause again to appreciate how the giver reaps rewards.

Membership: Sign up for 2011/2012

Members support Palms in a number of ways, such as electing the Board of Directors, attending General Meetings and strategic planning days if possible, following the work of Palms through Palms Post and Annual Reports and sharing their own expertise to further Palms’ vision and mission.

AusAID and Palms: A shared vision?

With AusAID’s and your support we continue to advance Palms’ vision to “participate in and develop networks that link and engage people across cultures in order to cooperate in reducing poverty and achieve a just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world.”


There is much more to doing good work than "making a difference." There is the principle of first do no harm.
There is the idea that those who are being helped ought to be consulted over the matters that concern them. - Teju Cole