Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Kurríkulu Foun, by Sam Haddin

In Timor Leste, appreciation of education is almost universal. The population and government alike see education in all its forms as key to a brighter future. As often happens in a young nation and government emerging from a traumatic past, many systems are trialled and improved upon to find the best structure for the people’s […]

Reflecting on a Year in Dili, by Sam Haddin

First-time enquirers to Palms often feel a bit shocked when told our volunteer placements generally last two years. Some are dissuaded, but many will call again after considering the philosophy and effectiveness  of a long-term program. Sam  Haddin explains the importance of a far-sighted view and the crucial time forming relationships– For a little over a […]

The Volunteer’s New Year

Volunteer Samantha Haddin opts to stay in Dili, Timor Leste, over the holidays, finding very different celebrations as well as time to reflect and plan ahead- I spent Christmas Day at a teacher’s home celebrating her daughter’s First Holy Communion which was lovely. If not for the First Communion, I don’t think much celebrating would […]

Meet our 10 newest volunteers

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


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