Palms Australia’s global volunteer program is unlike any other in Australia. We place skilled volunteers in long-term placements in remote communities to build the skills of local people. Palms Australia only places volunteers in communities that request their specific skills, which empowers them to achieve their unique goals.

Application and Preparation

Palms Australia has been sending volunteers overseas since 1961, and are experts in preparing them to work effectively and ethically in the field.

The application process includes a reflective questionnaire and a one-on-one interview with a member of our staff. The pre-departure preparation program will build on your skills to prepare you to work effectively in a new culture. Though volunteers will need to pay for any pre-departure medical expenses, there is no fee for our placements.

We welcome applications from individuals, couples and families.

What to Expect

Volunteering with Palms Australia will offer you a unique, life-changing experience that you won’t find anywhere else. You will live and work in a remote community for one to three years, immersed in a completely new culture. Palms Australia will provide your accommodation, pastoral support, a basic living allowance, return travel to the receiving community, and a comprehensive insurance policy throughout your time in the field.

We provide ongoing support for you while you’re away, and can help you develop links between your new community and communities in Australia. Along with helping to raise funds for your placement, 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 of reducing poverty in developing communities.

Palms Australia’s volunteers are placed 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 our volunteers in living harmoniously with their hosts allows them to receive a more authentic experience of their host culture. This also allows them to more effectively share the concerns of their local counterparts with their own communities at home.

Over the duration of their placement, a Palms Australia volunteer shares their skills and experience with their new community. This allows their work to last 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?

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer in 2018 or 2019, we want to hear from you. Please complete the form on this page or call us on (02) 9560 5333 to get started. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to attend our upcoming information session on 29 November 2017.