Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Exploration

While reading our volunteer stories in each edition of Palms Post, have you ever wanted to just fly over and see for yourself?

Nomination

We are calling for worthy nominations for the 2013 Solidarity Awards. Visit this page by the 5th August 2013 to make your nominations.

Why do I volunteer?

Thuy is now volunteering with Holy Family Care Centre in South Africa, her third placement with Palms Australia, having previously volunteered in Timor-Leste.

Learning and teaching

Marilyn is volunteering at Instituto Profissional De Canossa, providing training in administration and English language education. This is her second placement with Palms in Timor-Leste.

Returning home

I realised that I had been given a rare chance to relive and reflect on my time in Uganda during the re-entry weekend – I did not expect to get as much out of it as I did.

From Buka to Maliana

Kevin Wilson, previously volunteered with Palms in Tunaniya, Bougainville. He has now joined the team at OHM which supports people in the Bobonaro District of Timor-Leste.

From Limpopo to Arusha

Fran Hewitt recently finished her first Palms’ placement in South Africa. She is now volunteering at Edmund Rice School in Engosengiu, Arusha, Tanzania.

Membership: A clearer structure

A few small changes to our membership processes are outlined here.

Liberating Movement

Dr Rosaleen Smyth is currently in her second placement with Palms, having previously volunteered in Tanzania. She is now at the Thai Burma border tutoring refugees in their tertiary studies.

A letter to Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Dear Mr Carr,

Below is an extract of a letter I received from Margaret McKinnon, AusAID’s First Assistant Director General Africa and Community Programs Division. In it she announces a decision to discontinue the Pilot Volunteer Fund (PVF) without cogent explanation.

New Beginnings

In this issue of Palms Post we celebrate some new beginnings. We have the joy of working again with people experienced in implementing Palms mission. We also need to consider how Palms will continue to encourage new beginnings in future.


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