Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Talofa Lava, by Richard Harris

With 2 months down, volunteer electrician Richard Harris settles into Samoan life, finding healthy challenges to our own perceptions- Talofa Lava Greetings from Samoa. I have been at Don Bosco Technical Centre (DBTC), Alafua, Samoa since 29th January 2015 as a volunteer teaching the electrical trade. DBTC is run by The Salesians of Australia, a […]

Richard’s Arrival

Richard Harris from Salamander Bay NSW shares the slightly¬†daunting experience of first arriving in his placement, where he is volunteering as Electrical Instructor for Don Bosco Technical Centre, Apia, Samoa- I have arrived in Samoa, Thursday 28th January 2015 at 5.15am on pleasant flight direct from Sydney to Faleolo. 5.25 hours air time with friendly, […]

Emmaus Farm: a Smorgasbord of Memories

Palms returnee volunteers invariably express that they received much more than they gave during their placements. This would certainly be true of recent returnee Des Hansen as he reminiscences over his experience at Emmaus Farm, his second Palms placement in Papua New Guinea.¬† Working with the students daily, and sometimes of an evening, was a […]

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Friendships grow between people of different backgrounds and cultures because they meet as persons, not because they share a common heritage.
Such friendships grow because we all belong to the largest group of all, the human race. - Jean Vanier