by Helena Charlesworth Long-term volunteer at Sacred Heart High School in Tarawa, Kiribati, Helena tells of the moment her students discover new worlds -perhaps rediscovering a certain magic herself- The secondary college where I work has run a reading programme – Drop Everything And Read or DEAR – for some years now. I was given charge of […]
A very special part of Christine O’Halloran’s role as Palms’ Overseas Coordinator is visiting our partners and volunteers in the field. Here she sums up her recent trip to Kiribati- Over the years Palms has sent over 70 volunteers to the Pacific athol nation of Kiribati, matching requests in education, administration, health and the trades. […]
Helena Charlesworth, volunteer at Sacred Heart High School, Tarawa, Kiribati, returns to her placement after Christmas in a very different place She writes– It was lovely to be back in Australia, especially the week I spent in my home town, Devonport (Tas.) which I hadn’t visited for the past three years. Being with friends there and […]
Wednesday 27th August dawned as a normal day, off to work for a busy day in the office. At a minute’s notice I caught the flight to Marakei. Sue needed my car to collect her paint; she collected the paint and dropped me off at the airport. A truck was waiting to pick me […]
Palms Encounter group visiting a women’s cooperative in Morobo, Timor-Leste, July 2012 I’m often asked why Palms runs Encounters to Timor-Leste and Kiribati. After all, Palms isn’t a travel company and the communities that we visit are often not well equipped to accommodate tourists. I absolutely agree with these two statements and strangely enough they […]
We have another wonderful group of volunteers, ready to depart for Timor-Leste, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.
Sue Ryan, a science teacher, lecturer and deputy principal from New Zealand is finding that volunteering in Kiribati is not as slow-paced as one might expect.
While reading our volunteer stories in each edition of Palms Post, have you ever wanted to just fly over and see for yourself?
This year, for the first time, Palms will bring two Encounter groups to Kiribati.
Three brief updates from Fran Hewitt in South Africa, John Gartner in Papua New Guinea and Kernah Foster in Kiribati.
Communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific are asking us for volunteers in 2013.
Can you help us by sharing the following requests at work, in your industry or union journal, in your parish newsletter, or through social media?
This proved very successful; hence, the Diocese Office will be healthier when I leave in May 2012 and with the training provided there is every hope that this health will be sustained into the future.
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.
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.