Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Change can and does occur

Monica and Anche

Returning to Baucau years after she’d finished her placement, Monica Morrison came to the conclusion that “change can move so slowly when one is in the midst of volunteering. It almost seems imperceptible, but it can and does occur. “

Once more into the fray

Volunteering can be both a challenging and immensely rewarding experience. Few returnees would claim to remain unchanged by the experience. Some, such as Des Hansen and Monica Morrison, value the experience so much that they return for another placement.

Partner’s Perspective: Appreciation from Timor-Leste

We are most appreciative of the fact that you have been so wonderful in supporting us with the placement of Monica. She has been a fantastic support within the overall professional development program, especially at a time when we had so many of the staff who were engaged in the completion of their Masters in Education.

Letter from Timor-Leste

Monica Morrison, from Mollymook NSW, is volunteering to provide Professional Development support at Catholic Teachers’ College, Baucau, Timor-Leste.

Letters from the Field

East Timor seems like a second home now and I continue to be impressed by the many young volunteers who are filling various roles here in health, education, local government and community development.


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