Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Maria’s Story

Since the Australian organisations like Palms, FPET and Connect East Timor gave their support and help to us so that we can work with them, we are very grateful to them.

Four Ways You Can Reduce Poverty

Such a simple effort can make a big difference, so please promote this effort amongst your family, friends, colleagues, clients or staff.

Letters from Kiribati

Our accommodation on Christmas Island was interesting; a local “motel”, it comprised three two-bedroom units, each of which was made of bush materials – palm branch roofing, walls made of 25mm wide “boards” held together with string!

Letters from Papua New Guinea

All the stories we heard about before we came away have proved to be false – our experience has been one of meeting very friendly and helpful people.

Executive Director’s Report

Palms has gone so much further than just participating in and developing networks. Palms office has become a network hub assisting constituent organisations seeking to achieve similar goals.

Connect East Timor

The audacious goal of equipping some 489 villages with simple two-way radio technology (similar to what has been used for years in remote homesteads and communities in Australia for School of the Air and the Flying Doctor) drew the support of most people and organisations who heard the CET ‘story’.


There is both a moral and social responsibility attaching to these experiences of foreign cultures,
and if nothing awakens in our own soul, making claims and demands upon us,
calling us to change the way we live, then we have been merely parasites and invaders. - David Tacey