Through our global volunteer program, Palms Australia can place you with community who requests your particular expertise to help develop the skills of local people. Your service overseas or in Australia can assist to build the capacity of a local community and advance a sustainable future. Your own growth will be even greater.

Application and Preparation

We welcome application from singles, couples and families. The process encourages significant self-appraisal. This entails specifying your background and experience, completing a reflective questionnaire and participating in interviews that thoroughly investigate relevant issues. A commitment to a placement is not required or given, until most of the process is completed.

The preparation program will build on your credentials. Skills can be developed for individuals through the correspondence program, while the mutual growth of participants is inspired through focus workshops and our pre-departure Orientation Course.

It is a valuable program even for those who may decide not to leave home.

For more information about volunteering with Palms:

Get in touch online or call (02) 9560 5333.

After receiving your enquiry we will send you an Information and Application pack and a copy of our latest Palms Post. This will help you better understand Palms Australia‘s global volunteer program.

In the field

You will have a unique experience working up to three years, immersed in another culture. Our staff arranges accommodation, pastoral support, a basic living allowance, return travel to the receiving community, and a comprehensive insurance policy throughout the time in the field.

Palms Australia provides support for you while in the field and can assist in developing links between your new community and communities in Australia. This fosters a greater understanding in Australia of volunteering, development and other cultures and provides an additional level of support for returned volunteers.

Why Volunteer?

Despite increasing affluence in the ‘developed’ world, large numbers of people globally still live in poverty, often lacking opportunities to change their situation.
Much of the aid given by wealthy nations is spent on large infrastructure projects, expatriate salaries and short-term solutions.

Volunteering, by contrast, is one of the most effective and sustainable methods for reducing poverty in disadvantaged communities.

Palms Volunteers stay for an average of two years, working side-by-side with local counterparts and sharing the skills that the communities themselves have identified they need.

The solidarity shown by Palms Volunteers in living simply with their hosts allows them to more effectively share the concerns of their local counterparts, identifying with them the best methods to contribute.

Palms Volunteers gain unique insight into another culture, as they live not at a detached distance, but immersed in the everyday lives of local people.

And, over two years, a Palms Volunteer exchanges skills which enable the continued sustainable development long after they return home.

Doctors, teachers, nurses, plumbers, carpenters, accountants, physiotherapists, agriculturalists, lecturers, IT specialists, lawyers, community development workers, mechanics, electricians, builders, project managers and anyone with a profession or trade are encouraged to apply.

Do you have what it takes to volunteer?

Contact Palms Australia for more information by calling (02) 9560 5333, or completing our online enquiry form.

We are currently looking for volunteers to start in 2018.