Papua New Guinea Village Project

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1. In Brief

Welcome to a spectacular land, covered in rainforest, surrounded by coral reefs, populated by hundreds of traditional communities and innumerable numbers of animals and plants a place that remains culturally, ecologically and geographically unique. Papua New Guinea makes up the eastern part of the island of New Guinea, which lies in the far Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Port Moresby, yet in spite of this colonial name the island itself is home to over 800 indigenous tongues. It is a country that has escaped "discovery" by other nations and a myriad of rare birds, mammals; flora, insects and amphibians inhabit its interior. It boasts rainforests, low forests, montane forests, swamplands, grasslands and savannah. From the Star mountain range flows the river Fly, while the great Sepik River winds for over 1,000 km to the western seas.

Immerse yourself in humid tropics and discover the secrets of Papua New Guinea. Wake up to morning mists, refresh yourself in wild rivers and cascading waterfalls and live amongst the Kentiga tribe of the Western Highlands. The Kentiga people have lived here for centuries, fishing the rivers and surviving on subsistence agriculture and forest products, now you too can experience this mysterious land and immerse yourself in its magical culture.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the secrets of Papua New Guinea
  • Immerse yourself in a fascinating tribal world
  • Use your creativity & initiative to get involved & push things forward

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Papua New Guinea
Activities Teach about conservation, eco-tourism, eco-forestry, agro-forestry, climate change
Teach about HIV/ AIDS, primary health
Primary education (teaching and research)
Infrastructure development
Social & cultural activities
Transport Short domestic flight
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation

Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

 

In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will become immersed in a fascinating tribal world, and while you discover a completely different way of life you will bring your international experience to the villagers, sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding and tolerance. Just your presence crosses a cultural divide, and offers the members of this remote community a genuine experience of another world.

The village has developed an exciting and innovative community project and now needs a team of international volunteers to bring interesting lessons and activities to its young generation. Different areas of focus are in conservation, eco-tourism, eco-forestry, agro-forestry, climate change, HIV/ AIDS, primary health, primary education (teaching and research), infrastructure development and social and cultural activities. However, teaching and education is always a priority and whatever skills and insights you can bring to your lessons will be greatly appreciated.

The community has a new school and now requires teachers and teaching assistants to help educate its children. Previously students had to travel hours to reach local villages that had school facilities, eventually they decided to build their own, and do some home tutoring!  Its not just English tuition that is needed but anything you are interested in and passionate about yourself whether that's sports, science, music, maths, drama or dance. Previous accomplishments have included painting a huge world map mural and rehearsing and producing a play. As well as fun in the classroom there is much opportunity to get involved in other community organisations. This project is not rigidly structured and calls for volunteers to really use their creativity and initiative to get involved and push things forward. The villagers are warm, hospitable people, eager to learn about the world beyond their secluded environment and to introduce volunteers to their gentle way of life.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will arrive in Port Moresby International Airport from where you will take the short domestic flight to Mt Hagen Kagamuga airport in the Western Highlands Province. Here you will be welcomed by your project host and transferred to the Village.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will stay in a volunteer house which can accommodate up to 10 volunteers. A laundry service is provided by a team of local girls who will wash your clothes in the rivers!  Imagine waking to the sounds of birds and watching the mist rising from the hazy treetops. You'll rinse-off with a rainforest shower and dry-off in the heat. The accommodation is simple, with no electricity or running water, and life is easy as a result, as your mind, body and soul return to the natural rhythms of the planet. You will rise with the sun and sleep when it sets.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Explore the local produce of the area, source and buy food from agricultural markets and grocers. Vegetables are fresh and affordable, meat a little more expensive but there's a good selection: pork, beef, chicken and fish are all locally available.  You can cook your own food and also experience the Kentigan cuisine on offer, if you prefer a local chef will prepare some traditional dishes for you at a small cost.

4. The reviews

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6. Extras

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks $2,295

Extra week $495

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly, please arrive on the first Monday or contact us for alternative start dates

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

From 4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Port Moresby (POM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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