Palms Volunteers

Through our global volunteer program, Palms Australia can place you with a 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:

  1. read through our questions about volunteering
  2. complete an online enquiry 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 develop 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.

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