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Friday, February 18, 2011
Pacific Orientation Course (POC)
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.
There's also time for lots of fun too! 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.