While the affluence of the developed world continues to increase, there are still many people around the globe who live in poverty and lack the skills and opportunities to free themselves from the cycle.
Unlike any other in Australia, the Palms volunteer program puts individuals in long-term placements to help build the skills of people in remote communities.
With communities requesting the help of specific skill sets, these programs provide them with the tools necessary to empower them to achieve their long-term goals.
Working in a remote community, volunteers spend two or three years immersing themselves in the local culture, while working side-by-side with local counterparts and sharing their skills with residents.
As one of the most effective and sustainable ways to help reduce poverty in developing communities, Palms volunteering gives the local community long-term solutions rather than the short-term aid of large building projects or expatriate salaries provided by many wealthy nations.
Placements are currently open for Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Samoa, Kenya and Ethiopia, with individuals, families and couples of all skill sets and professions encouraged to apply.
With no fees attached to the placements, candidates only need to pay for any pre-departure medical expenses and travel to and from their orientation course. Volunteers will be provided with a basic living allowance, accommodation, comprehensive insurance, pastoral support and return travel to their community.
Sending volunteers overseas since 1961, Palms are experts in helping individuals prepare for their trip, to ensure all work effectively and ethically in the field.
If you’re interested in finding out more, Palms is having an information session in Newcastle on May 12 at The Resistance Centre on Hunter Street.
To book your spot on a Palms experience or register your attendance for the information session, click here to find out more and put in an enquiry today.