I’m so pleased to welcome you to the first step of this life-changing journey. A Palms assignment
can be one of the most effective and sustainable methods for reducing poverty in disadvantaged
communities. You will help to build the capacity of a local community to advance a sustainable
future and bring the Australian community along too. Your own growth will be even greater.
At Palms Australia we pride ourselves on placing participants responsibly. Our Program and
Placements Coordinator meticulously evaluates requests from communities to ensure they are
sustainable. She also takes care to assess, place and support participants to ensure they are
placed in assignments that are mutually beneficial.
Before you progress to the next stage of your application, it’s important that you read this
information and let us know if you have any questions. Comprehensive preparation is vital to
making a sustainable contribution as a stranger being hosted in a cultural context vastly different
to your own.
There will be three subsequent Information Booklets. Each is intended to answer questions you may have as you progress through each stage of the application and preparation process.
If you have any questions regarding the information on this page, or about Palms Australia
more generally, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or on 0422 472 567.
I wish you all the best on your journey, and hope to meet with you soon,
Roger O’Halloran | Executive Director
About Palms Australia
Who we are:
Palms Australia contributes to global justice and peace by engaging with communities seeking sustainable solutions to poverty. We recruit qualified and experienced Australians who assist the growth of vital grass roots organisations by fostering the strengths of their people. We thoroughly prepare and support participants and partner organisations for authentic relationships based in mutual development.
Palms Australia is a member-based; not-for-profit and Non-government Company (ABN 33001882337) registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
The skilled Australians we recruit undertake mentoring assignments in regional and remote communities around the world where opportunities are limited. We prioritise projects that give the people who need it most the opportunity to gain skills that help them live independently and sustainably.
Read about our History, Vision, Mission and Values here.
Who can undertake this mission?
People committing to preparation that enables them to:
- promote solidarity between Australian and international communities to increase awareness and action that achieves sustainable global development. You can make a simple beginning by linking friends to Palms’ Assignments Abroad.
- share their skills while working in their field. After a time finding your feet, learning language, networking and identifying community and organisational strengths, you will be equipped to achieve Palms’ mission of assisting to build individual, organisational and community capacity.
- engage in mutual relationships; authoritative in their work, without being authoritarian, officious or paternalistic. Patience and a sense of humour go a long way.
One must be medically fit and receive a police clearance and working with children check. If going overseas a work permit and visa will also be required.
Where are participants placed?
Requests come from communities in Africa, Asia and Pacific Island countries. We thoroughly scope requests, prioritising communities who have had least opportunity. Such requests most often come from regional and remote areas; however we also respond to requests in urban areas where skill development will assist to achieve a sustainable impact.
Palms Australia will not place Australians where local people are available to do the job; nor do we fly in, do a job, and fly out again. Responsible relationships are paramount.
How do I start my application?
Simply complete this online application form or return the paper Application Form to us either via email or via post. You are asked for two referees (Professional and Character). Referees will receive an email from Palms Australia inviting them to provide a reference later in the process.
When your application is received, we will give you a call to answer any questions you may have and send you the Reflective Questionnaire to assist your further discernment.