Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

News in brief

Fran, a Physical Education teacher from Hobart, leading kids at Holy Family in some star jumps.

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

The value of a visit

Helena, Sr Eileen, Marlene and Kernah

Palms undertakes to visit each volunteer at least once during their placement. After each visit, the visiting representative writes a report for members, however this year we let the volunteers themselves report on the value of a Field Visit.

Preparing to work in another culture

Kernah Foster and Jenni Murphy

It is unfair to expect either volunteer or host to work effectively together without preparation. Palms’ Orientation Course reflects its philosophical view that cross-cultural relationship building is at the core of sustainable development outcomes.

New Positions

Angelino, David and Heath at Ahisaun Foundation

Of our 13 participants in January’s Orientation Course, 8 have confirmed placements which will begin in the coming months, with several others awaiting final placement details.

Eight more volunteer profiles online

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Eight new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.

Palms launches Jubilee Year at 91st Orientation Course

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.


The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, the imagination and the resources of its people. - Ernesto Sirolli