Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Palms Australia’s 88th Orientation Course

Participants at the 88th Orientation Course

For eight days the twelve participants involved in the course engaged in an intensive programme of seminars, discussions and group activities designed to provide them with thorough preparation, advice and support for their imminent placements overseas.

Papua New Guinea Field Trip

Des Hansen with student at Sacred Heart College, Tapini in his previous placement

Just as Australia is more than just the Opera House, cricketers, kangaroos and beer, there is so much more to our northern neighbour than popular images give credit to.

The Friends of Ermera

Ellie (centre) with Lee Norris and Jan Trezise from Friends of Ermera

In response to requests from the Ermera District Administration, Friends of Ermera developed as our primary focus support for the provision of education throughout the District.

Opening our hands to the world

Fiona Cairns with two blind students, Goroka 2008

In the last edition of Palms Post, as part of our celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of the Paulian Association, we reflected upon the memories and achievements of Palms volunteers and staff from the 1960s, 70’s and 80’s. In this edition, we move into the 1990’s and the first decade of the new millennium.

Kiribati Field Trip

A Kiribati Sunset

Overall, it was wonderful to see the great work being done by all our current Palms volunteers in Kiribati.

Crossing cultures: there to here

Celina (left) with her mother and sister

With the suggestion of “reverse volunteering” already in mind, when Linh called Palms to enquire further about “hospitality internship”, the time seemed right to begin a pilot project.

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. - Rumi