Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Carlita’s Story

Carlita is one of the main health workers at Atabae, working with Palms volunteer Margaret Hall. She had just one month of English training before writing this short story of her life.

Letter from the field (12 months)

The RUCO students (with the usual exceptions) are quite inspiring in the way that they cope with the kind of problems not faced by students I have taught at universities in Australia, Dubai and Taiwan.

Letter from the field (9 months)

Where did that confidence come from? I don’t really know. Will it last? Don’t know the answer to that either. Whatever factors helped flower such a response, the point is, that it happened.

Letter from the field (6 months)

Nurses are certainly the primary caregivers in PNG and the backbone of the health care system. Doctors are mainly found in large provincial hospitals and about 75% of all nurses work in rural health care facilities.

Letter from the field (5 months)

Now that we are getting our bearings a bit more and the end of the building project is in sight, we would like to start looking at what activities we should be focusing on over the next eighteen months.

Letter from the field (4 months)

Death always seems very close here, but as Fred Smith says “Life seems much grander too”. Many occasions lately have the stamp of history being made before our eyes.

Letter from the Field (1 month)

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

New Directions

Providing training in a refugee camp setting is a new direction for Palms, although one which fits entirely with Palms’ vision and mission for sustainable development.

An Alignment of the Stars

Fresh approaches to previous processes, that improve our ability to open new Palms to new communities, make being busy considerably more joyful than painful.

There is both a moral and social responsibility attaching to these experiences of foreign cultures,
and if nothing awakens in our own soul, making claims and demands upon us,
calling us to change the way we live, then we have been merely parasites and invaders. - David Tacey