Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

First Impressions Mukuru

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by Bev Watkinson Bev, a ‘retiree’ from Brisbane, has already volunteered in China, Timor Leste and on the streets of New York; Now fulfilling a lifelong dream, she is volunteering at the Ruben Centre in Nairobi- It all started with an incredible yearning to live in Kenya….who knows maybe it was a childhood dream to […]

The Driving Force

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by Heather Henderson Just over a year into her second Palms placement, Heather Henderson describes the things which drive and inspire her work: A very personal statement but one all volunteers can relate to- Throughout my life I always had a desire to travel the world and work in areas of need.  I have always […]

Reflections in order to look forward

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by Heather Henderson I am almost 12 months into my placement here at Ruben School in Mukuru kwa Ruben. It has been an amazing journey of education for me and to my host community. This community continues to embrace my efforts to help and advise where and when I am asked. It is a mutual […]

Open Hearts in Nairobi

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Heather Henderson, our latest ‘serial volunteer’ wasted no time between completing her placement in Timor Leste and beginning another in Kenya! Five months into her new role she writes- In May 2015 I found myself boarding a flight to Nairobi, Kenya, on the invitation of The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and with the support of Palms […]

Field Trips: Developing Relationships

Elly Armagos and Andy Moulton have recently completed placements with Youth Aid Uganda in Kampala.

Seeing the assignment locations and meeting the partners firsthand allows Palms’ staff to make some difficult decisions when it comes to prioritising one placement over another when faced with limited numbers of volunteers or limited funds required to send them.


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi