Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

Two EAs and a coordinator in a part of Hebron inhabited by settlers. Palestinians are banned from this road.

The EAPPI seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

Letter from Tarawa, Kiribati

Squeaky clean primary school children on South Tarawa

It was a dark, wet, soaking, deep potholed, hour-long bush track trip back for help. All delegates travelled in a big rough truck sometimes bouncing a metre off the floor of the truck.

Letter from Tarawa, Kiribati

A little I-Kiribati girl helps with the chores

Wow! It’s hard to believe I have been here for 7 months. I have been met with highs and lows that are to be expected with living in a different culture and I am happy to report that it is mostly highs.

Staff Movements

Benjamin Oh, with Colleen Malone

It is an interesting time at Palms at the moment, with new staff to welcome and departing staff to farewell.

A volunteer’s thoughts on “Copenhagen”

Frank Morgan teaching

Frank Morgan, working with refugees on an education project on the Thai/Burma border, demonstrates his empathy for the people of low-lying Pacific nations.

Help us celebrate 50 years of PALMS

In 2011, we will mark 50 years of the PALMS programme. In this time, we have seen over 1400 volunteers recruited, prepared, sent and supported in 38 countries. Over this time, over $160million worth of experience has been donated to our partner communities.

Letter from Maliana, Timor-Leste

Sally on her way to a rural clinic

Sally Johnson who, with Ben Kildea, is volunteering to provide health care in Maliana in Timor-Leste, describes the challenges and rewards of rural health projects. The morning fog was so dense along the mountain road to the turn of at Nunutana that we were only able to see two metres in front of the car. […]

Letter from Vunapope, PNG

Annette Pocock in Vunapope, PNG

The papers just keep coming in and include weekly revision worksheets, but I have learned a lot of it has to do with preparation and the clarity in which you ask the questions and learning how the girls interpret and understand things.

Orientation Course

Carol and Corrie

“Great course, Variety of activities that pushed us out of comfort zone- a real authentic course- not just theoretical knowledge…. it was great to have people participating from a variety of backgrounds- it enriched the whole group.”

Social Capital: A Profile of Providers

Paul, Bridgette and Julie Barrett

Volunteering for Palms did not stop when Bridgette returned and after settling the children back into school she was offering assistance again.

Social Capital: Is Palms Worth the Ask?

Returned Palms’ health professionals, who intimately understand the circumstances of volunteer placements overseas, always seem willing to assist departing volunteers to know how to manage tropical and other health issues. Many others also willingly give so much in-kind assistance to Palms.


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