Who We Are

Palms Australia places skilled volunteers in remote communities around the world. Our objective is to facilitate people cooperating across cultures to achieve a just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world free of poverty.

We provide sustainable, long-term volunteer programs for volunteers from various disciplines and backgrounds. We prioritise participation in projects in regional and remote communities. This gives the people who need it most the opportunity to gain skills that help them live independently and sustainably.

To find out more about who we are, read about Our People or view our Mission Statement.

What We Do

Palms Australia facilitates various activities to help us achieve our objective. We offer long-term overseas volunteer placements, short term overseas group trips, and training and consultancy services for individuals and organisations.

Overseas Volunteering

Through our global volunteer program, Palms Australia places volunteers with communities that request their particular expertise to help develop the skills of local people. Becoming an overseas volunteer can help build the capacity of a local community and advance a sustainable future. Your own growth will be even greater.

To find out more about volunteering, or to apply, visit our Volunteering page.


A Palms Encounter is the perfect way to experience a new culture and learn more about international volunteering.

The small group trips are designed to provide an insight into the daily life of people of another culture; an understanding of sustainable approaches to development; and an insight into the life and work of overseas volunteers.

We typically hold public Encounters twice a year and offer private trips for groups (schools, workplaces, community groups, social groups) throughout the year upon request.

Find out more about our Encounters here.

Training and consultancy

Palms Australia specialises in assisting organisations and individuals across a diverse range of cross-cultural work. With over 50 years experience preparing and supporting Australians for work around the globe, our team can provide training to any organisation seeking to enhance their cross-cultural outcomes.

We are able to cater our training to each organisation’s needs, whether they be corporate, educational, government or non-government organisations. We specialise in providing pre-deployment training, re-entry support and assistance designing, trouble-shooting and evaluating development programs.

Whether you require two hours or ten days training, we can tailor a program to your needs, selecting the units and themes most relevant to your situation. Alternatively, you may wish to participate in one of our public workshops.

Find out more about our training and consultancy services here.