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What to expect as a teacher in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is a developing country with a developing education system and teachers who work in this part of the world are usually drawn in by the opportunity to make a difference. Whether you are teaching in an international school with expatriate students, or teaching in one of the many other opportunities arising from educational reform, you will find a fascinating culture like no other surrounding you.

Teaching in Papua New Guinea is for the more adventurous teachers who are confident in their teaching practice, and looking to explore this recently unexplored region of the world.

About Papua New Guinea

Capital: Port Moresby
Language: English, Pidgin English
Population: 5.5 million

Papua New Guinea is small compared to land mass of the rest of the world, but it still manages to pack a punch with over 600 islands and an astounding 800 indigenous languages. Long inhabited, there is evidence of people living in Papua New Guinea as far back as 35,000 years ago.

Papua New Guinea has a fascinating ecosystem and is home to some unique creatures, such as the tree climbing kangaroo and the stunning Bird of Paradise. There is everything in Papua New Guinea, from thick jungle, to volcanic mountains, to white sand beaches and almost untouched coral reefs.

Papua New Guinea is under developed, apart from a few of the larger cities such as Port Moresby.


Papua New Guinea experiences a hot and humid tropical climate. Temperatures stay in the late 20 degrees to mid 30 degrees throughout the year, but it can vary slightly due to the varied landscape with there sometimes being a scattering of snow on some of the highest mountains.

Eating and Drinking

Locals work and live off the land, and that is reflected in many of Papua New Guinea's meals. You will find plenty of root vegetables and fruits such as bananas, pineapples and pawpaw. Pig is one of the most common meats, and traditionally is cooked in the ground in an underground oven.

There are no issues in Papua New Guinea with alcohol, with it being readily available.


Roads are very underdeveloped in the Papua New Guinea, with some highways being purely mud. However roads are better in the bigger cities. Banana boats are used by locals quite frequently.


There are plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, surfing, fishing, cruises, bird watching (especially the Bird of Paradise, their national symbol), kayaking and snorkelling. There are also plenty of cultural events happening throughout year, which is a definite must do. Some examples are the Crocodile Festival, and the Mt Hagen Cultural Show with 50 different cultures performing.


The currency in Papua New Guinea is the Kina (PGK).

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