Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mountain climbing in PNG

I have heard of several people in PNG that have climbed Mt. Wilhelm.

Who knows, maybe if I'm in good enough shape when I'm there I'll try climbing it. Even though PNG is so close to the equator I have heard there can be snow at the top.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Reality Check


The calendar says we leave in seven weeks but I'm still trying to wrap my mind around that. We're getting rid of our stuff right and left - Craig's list, 2 garage sales, 1 1/2 truck loads to Goodwill...Boxes are being stacked in the office, inventoried and sealed and ready to ship. We're working hard to do all that needs to be done and yet it's all a little surreal! LLD

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Visas

About a month ago we mailed off all our visa paperwork. We'd been told to send it off to the embassy 3 months before our departure date since it can take awhile to process. Our passports came back in under a week. A month had passed and still no visas. Well...someone in PNG told us to look inside our passports for a thin sheet of cardboard. Sure enough there were our visas! A little embarrassing but we're happy to have them!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pacific Orientation Course (POC)

We plan to arrive in Papua New Guinea on August 24th! We’ll be in training for 3 ½ months. The first 8 weeks of POC are in Nobnob located 12 miles from Madang on the northern coast of PNG. It is 1200 feet above sea level. The average temperature is 85 degrees with high humidity. Classes include Melanesian Pidgin (the local trade language), medical information and anthropology to help adapt to the culture. One of the activities will be a 3 day survey hike and weekly visits with a local host family.

The second phase of POC will be village living for 5 weeks. We will live with a host family and learn about the people and have lots of opportunities to practice the trade language.

The final week of POC will be back at the Nobnob center for one week of regrouping, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. After this our family will move to Ukarumpa, the mission center!