Question: How do you transition from your home country to living in Papua New Guinea?
Answer: The Pacific Orientation Course!
The Pacific Orientation Course (POC) is held outside of the coastal, tropical town of Madang in PNG - one of my favorite places on earth! POC is 12 weeks long 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 4 week village stay where the participants can put to use all that they have learned leading up to the village stay.
The best way to discover more about POC is to read a couple of blogs written by participants in the course: Serve In PNG and Beyond Imagination
Also, the Dokkens made a video of their time there.