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Sharing the call for global mission


To celebrate 2024 National Volunteer Week, Palms Australia is bringing together two Palms returnees, Anna and Julie, to talk about their experiences of Palms’ Global Mission program.

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Originally set up as the Paulian Association in 1956, Palms Australia has been offering Catholics the opportunity to engage in global mission to engage in mutual exchange via long term placements in countries in the Pacific, Africa and Asia.

This year’s theme, ‘Something for Everyone’, speaks directly to the variety of opportunities offered by Palms to volunteer in an overseas host community.

“It doesn’t matter what sector you come from – teaching, nursing and medicine, the trades,” said Soraya Kassim, Palms executive director, “It is worth making contact with us to express interest in Palms because we receive new requests all the time and a  placement will surely be found”.

Palms participant, Guida Cabrita, who mentored local teachers in Bedois, Timor-Leste, from 2014-2015, offered her advice for those interested in doing a Palms overseas placement.

“Be approachable and listen and be ready to model and share what you know because you never know where it could go,” she said.

Anyone interested in sharing their skills with a requesting overseas community can attend the Palms Discovery Information Session at the North Adelaide Community Centre, 176 Tynte St, North Adelaide, from 5pm to 6pm on Friday May 24.

To register for the event, visit the Adelaide Discovery Information Session webpage.

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