Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Kevin Rudd visits Maliana

Roger Bowen, far left with other Australians in Maliana and Kevin Rudd

On the weekend I was fortunate enough to meet Jose Ramos Horta [Timor-Leste’s President] and Kevin Rudd and the Australian ambassador, Miles Armitage.

A Sustainable Ambulance Service

Roger and Carlos with Maliana's Ambulance

We are desperately lacking in equipment and the training has yet to be commenced but on the positive side there is certainly no lack of interest and a desire to improve the present situation on the part of the nurses, the medical staff and myself.

New Positions

Angelino, David and Heath at Ahisaun Foundation

Of our 13 participants in January’s Orientation Course, 8 have confirmed placements which will begin in the coming months, with several others awaiting final placement details.

Eight more volunteer profiles online

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Eight new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.

Palms launches Jubilee Year at 91st Orientation Course

Participants at Palms' 91st Orientation Course, January 2011

Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.


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