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Pre-departure Orientation Course: January

January 4 @ 12:00 pm - January 12 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Welcome to Palms first pre-departure course for 2020.


Planning on volunteering or working overseas? Want to be a better cross-cultural communicator at work, when travelling, or in the community? Registrations for Palms Australia’s 103rd Pre-Departure Orientation Course are now open.

Palms Australia has been providing pre-departure training for cross-cultural workers since 1961. Our expert-led training courses use a variety of dynamic teaching methods to keep the learning useful, memorable, professional and fun. To find out more, read about our Pre-Departure Training or email us at palms@palms.org.au.

Pre-departure preparation is an important part of making an effective contribution overseas. Whether working in development, diplomacy or business, the impact of miscommunication across cultures should not be underestimated. A small early investment in preparation when working in a new culture can have an invaluable impact.

We understand that every person has their own unique learning style. In order to cater for all preferences, Palms Australia’s Orientation Course involves a variety of activities to suit a variety of learning styles. Sessions are generally interactive and include small group activities and discussion. Simulations, field trips and meditations help participants to put concepts into action.


What is included?


Palms Australia’s preparation includes all meals, accommodation, staff time, facilitator costs and materials provided at the Orientation Course, as well as the provision of correspondence units, reflective material, and consultation with our placement coordinator, before and after the course.

Preparation is costed at $3,655 per head; however this cost is waived for:

  • Palms applicants who have accepted an assignment of at least 12 months, and also have made a donation of at least $300 in the previous 12 months and
  • Applicants who have not yet accepted an assignment and made a donation of $1,100 in the previous 12 months.

This is possible because a number of organisations and individual donors are willing to support Palms preparation for those undertaking a Palms assignment.

  • Participation in Palms Orientation Course for those not intending to undertake a Palms assignment with, or who have not made a donation to Palms, will be charged $2,350.

Donations should be made, and attendance confirmed, at least two weeks prior to the course so that we can finalise numbers and arrangements with the venue. If you have any questions regarding the course program or costs, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible at 02 9560 5333 or robert@palms.org.au.

You can make a donation online anytime. 


Register now
I am a Palms Australia applicant, with a confirmed placement and have donated at least $300 in the past 12 months.I am a Palms Australia applicant without a confirmed placement and have donated at least $1,100 in the past 12 months.I am not a Palms Australia applicant.
I will be driving to the venue.I will be dropped to the venue.I will require a lift to the venue from a location in/near Sydney.I will be flying to and from Sydney Domestic Airport.



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By registering for the orientation course, Palms Australia participants agree for their image and information related to their assignment to be used by Palms Australia in communications and marketing material in support of the program.


January 4 @ 12:00 pm
January 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Hartzer Park Conference and Retreat Centre
25 Eridge Park Rd
Burradoo, NSW 2576 Australia