Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

An Outer Island Experience- Marakei, Kiribati by Marlene Rasmussen

the Seawall

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 […]

Six months to go

Marlene Rasmussen, Moreata Neeti and Terutu Reo

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.

Letters from Kiribati

Ntara, Sr Teretia, Marlene and Moreata

God only knows how and why I put my name on the Palms list to become a volunteer. It has been the happiest time of my life and a very rewarding challenge.

Kiribati: Field Trip Report

Theresa Murphy joins an I-Kiribati dance

Palms Australia has three volunteers currently working in Kiribati. Theresa Murphy, at St Dominic’s Pre-School/Child-Care Centre ( Sacred Heart Parish, Teaoraereke), Marlene Rasmussen at the Diocese of Tarawa & Nauru office (Teaoraereke), and Helena Charlesworth at Sacred Heart High School (Bikenibeu).

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 the Field (1 month)

Colourful Independence celebrations in Kiribati

Marlene Rasmussen, from Toowoomba QLD, is volunteering for the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru in Tarawa, Kiribati.

Palms Australia’s 89th Orientation Course

Course Participants

The course opened my eyes to worlds I never knew existed, even though they’re right on my doorstep. I look at people differently to what I used to, seeing someone with a past worth knowing; someone who is no doubt intelligent, articulate and very knowledgeable in the world that I live next to.

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. - Charles du Bois