Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Papua New Guinea Field Trip

Mark and John at Emmaus Farm with their income generating Eaglewood saplings.

A recent trip to Madang and Kiunga provided many insights into the importance of our volunteers and our approach to volunteering.

Retired volunteers: the giving of wisdom

Ben, Frank and John in Madang

You would be mistaken if you think volunteering is just a “young person’s game”. Older volunteers bring a number of qualities which can make them the most effective at contributing to their host communities.

Remembering 1960s Madang

Colleen with a student from Manam Island in 1969

We have been blessed recently to receive a number of emails and letters from returned volunteers dating back to PALMS’ earliest years. Featured here are the recollections of Colleen Keating of her time in Madang over 40 years ago.

Field Trip: Papua New Guinea

Margaret, Nathasia and Annette in St Mary's School of Nursing staff room

While large-scale projects – roads, mobile phone towers, mines, etc. – prided by governments and corporations, capture our attention from a distance; the small, local activities are most meaningful to people’s lives.

Orientation Course

Carol and Corrie

“Great course, Variety of activities that pushed us out of comfort zone- a real authentic course- not just theoretical knowledge…. it was great to have people participating from a variety of backgrounds- it enriched the whole group.”

25 more prepare to volunteer overseas

The Hermitage, Mittagong

25 Australians will prepare over the coming 9 days for cross-cultural work as part of Palms Australia’s 90th Orientation Course in Mittagong NSW.

The volunteer bug (new placements)

Peter and Elaine Smyth

Peter and Elaine Smyth In 2010, Palms Australia will place Peter and Elaine Smyth at Divine Word University in Madang, PNG. They will work as a Legal Advisor and Personnel Manager respectively, training local staff to implement new legal, administrative and personnel policies. Their work will increase DWU’s capacity in building effective global partnership, improving […]

Focus Workshops

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“Palms’ Focus Workshops are an excellent starting point for developing an understanding of good practice in poverty reduction work.”


Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. - Sherry Anderson