Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Meet our 10 newest volunteers

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We have another wonderful group of volunteers, ready to depart for Timor-Leste, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.

Exercising Freedom

Walking is the most common form of exercise. Pictured here is the “road” from Fran’s house to her workplace, Edmund Rice Sinon School.

Sport and exercise isn’t seen to be necessary or proper for girls/women in many African cultures. But Pascal and Nestory can see the benefits of me role-modelling for the girls, and so one afternoon I even played on the staff football (soccer) team against the Form 5 students.

Did you forget someone this Christmas?

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It really doesn’t take much to substantially change the future for our friends in East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, South Africa, Thailand, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Before you plan this Christmas, please consider adding Palms to your Christmas list.

Palms Post: Now an online post

Palms Post is taking on a new form. While it will still be available in printed form, it has made the transition to being an online post. This allows us to provide you with three articles per month, which means more up to date stories and information.

Solidarity Awards 2013

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Jump to our videos | Jump to our image gallery | View our facebook image gallery Guests at Palms’ 2nd Annual Solidarity Awards were asked to re-examine the notion and to respond to the radical call of true solidarity. Duncan MacLaren outlined how solidarity is defined in Catholic Social Teaching and how the solidarity in […]

Work for Palms? Expressions of Interest Wanted

Palms Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest in the position of Development Education Officer.

Deeper relationships

Volunteering can be exhausting, but being part of a pride can help.

Emma and Stephen Yates share their story of observing the local ways and taking the time to consider their decisions. Sometimes this involves following local rules around gender and sometimes demonstrating an alternative.

Branding insecurity

Are we becoming more obsessed with labels? Is the call to label a program or value as Catholic a bit like AusAID’s strange notion that a brand is better than a conversation to identify “Australian” volunteers? Do we derive a sense of strength from labelling?

95th Orientation Course brings out the best

Bruce Farquharson contributes some of his expertise

It was a small group at our September course, but the concentration of talent, commitment and passion was palpable at our 95th Orientation Course.

Brendan to continue his contribution to Human Development

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After 8 years, Brendan Joyce is moving on from Palms Australia, but he will still remain involved in human development.

CoffUp Is Live – Twist some arms and help us spread the word

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Our fundraising fanatic Sean Dostal launches Palms’ new coffee fundraising drive and shows how you can feed your community’s coffee addiction and raise money for Palms.


Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means. - Albert Einstein