MADANG, Papua New Guinea — Several positions are available through the Pacific Orientation Course, which takes place outside the coastal, tropical town of Madang. POC is 14 weeks long — six weeks for those serving for less than two years — and is designed to gradually introduce participants to the Melanesian culture, the food and how to cook it, and Tok Pisin, the trade language. Other topics are included to help the learner move towards confidence in living and working in another culture. The course finishes with a five-week village stay where the participants can put to use all they have learned leading up to the village stay.
The roles needed are as follows.
Nurse: Responsible for providing basic medical care for the course participants and staff, as well as presenting medical lectures to the course participants.
POC School Teacher: Responsible for assisting with the cultural orientation and education of children of the participants at the Pacific Orientation Course. Valid teaching certificate or equivalent. Experience in a multi-grade classroom setting is helpful. A minimum of one year teaching experience is required.
Village Allocator: Responsible for identifying appropriate allocation sites for the Village Living phase of the Pacific Orientation Course and for oversight of this phase.
Kitchen Manager: Responsible for ensuring that meals are provided for participants, as well as teaching, guiding and mentoring kitchen staff and students in food preparation, using available items and methods of preparation.
There’s also time for leisure activities, such as volleyball, games, hikes and trips to town that include a swim and snorkeling in the ocean. Lasting friendships are formed with the local people as well as the participants by the end of the time there.
It’s amazing how much you can learn, grow and adapt to in a short time. One thing I learned in my time in PNG: God made us to be adaptable people and He’s there right with us as we go through the transitions of learning new things.
Wendy Johnson has served with her husband, Morris, in Wycliffe for 25 years, and spent much of that time in Papua New Guinea. If you’d like more information about any of these roles, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and place Join Wycliffe Blog in the subject line.