Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Deeper relationships

Volunteering can be exhausting, but being part of a pride can help.

Emma and Stephen Yates share their story of observing the local ways and taking the time to consider their decisions. Sometimes this involves following local rules around gender and sometimes demonstrating an alternative.

Health and Gender

Catherine and Emma in the Lusaka Gender office

Stephen and Emma Yates explain what their roles as a volunteer doctor and gender justice advocate entail.

Everybody benefits

Atabae community was able to receive Sharon Hearns as a volunteer nurse because an Australian community (FPET, The Gap Parish, Brisbane) assisted with the costs of her placement.

It is always interesting to try to get people to see the value of engaging in international development in collaboration with an organisation like Palms, rather than by putting resources into a project or materials that they self-identify as good aid. I understand the distrust given the way some organisations appear to burn funds on […]

New faces

Brief profiles of 10 of our volunteers taking up placements in Zambia, PNG, East Timor and Kiribati.


To evangelise is to make the Kingdom of God present in our world … to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 176, 188)