Village Eco-Forestry Development Organization (KVEDO), Incorporated
seeks foreign volunteers for its various community development projects
at Kokop Village in Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Currently,
there is immediate need for volunteer teachers in the new primary school
at Kokop Village. Below are the details; read on:
The objective of our volunteer program
is basically to bring foreign volunteers that are willing to impart their
knowledge, expertise, skills, and exposure to both the participants and
recipients of the various community development programs instituted by
KVEDO, Inc. in Kokop Village, while making new friends and opening opportunities
for further socio-economic developments.
Our volunteer program is founded
on the simple belief that humanity is founded on caring and sharing; without
which there is no living and there is no life on earth. Through caring
and sharing, communities of people function each day. Caring and sharing
is orchestrated principally by good people throughout thee world. Our
world is a better place because of good people are willing to care and
share with those around them. Our volunteer program offers any good
person from foreign countries an opportunity to care and share what blessings
one has with the people of Kokop Village and Papua New Guinea.
Kokop Village is the birthplace
of the Kentiga Tribe. With a population exceeding 3, 000 people, the Kentiga
Tribe has over the many decades sent her children to primary schools that
are located many hours of walking distance. Finally, mutual consensus was
reached amongst the people and leaders of Kentiga Tribe to build a primary
school at Kokop Village.
The idea of establishing a new primary
school was raised more than 20 years ago by my father and few other tribal
leaders. Due to little support, the idea was shelved. Upon realizing the
need, I took it as a personal mission to solicit efforts, resources, and
time to help the villagers build the new school. After a long delay, development
work is scheduled to commence in June 2004. Two classrooms and two teacherís
houses would be built from bush materials while landscaping would be done
at the proposed site for the new school. The school would begin with two
classes of elementary schoolers. Trial pre-school classes commence in September
of 2004. The school would commence officially in January of 2005.
In the evenings, an adult education
program would be in place. This program would bring together all the idle
youths from the Kentiga and other neighbouring tribes and provide basic
education on how to live profitable lives in the villages.
The new school would be operated
by foreign volunteers as administrators and teachers. Volunteers must express
interest and be selected by the KVEDO, Inc. Upon selection, volunteers
may arrive in Papua New Guinea for a three-month stint at the project site.
For every three months, two volunteers are needed. School year begins in
January 2005 so volunteers are expected to be on the project site two weeks
before their work begins.
Volunteers may originate from any
country in the world and MUST speak fluent English. Each volunteer must
be above 18 years of age, morally decent, have a passion for native cultures,
appreciative of a "backward" lifestyle, and have an open perspective to
challenges. One does not need to be a teacher to qualify. Volunteers may
be either male or female. Single couples are encouraged to apply. While
the Lutheran Church is the main Christian denomination at Kokop Village,
a volunteer is not expected to be a Lutheran or religious but at least
have some decency, morals, and ethics.
Two new bush material hut-houses
would be built for foreign volunteers to reside. These hut houses would
be furnished with modern blankets, pillows, bedsheets, towels, furniture,
and other needed items. Two persons can share one house or live in two
different houses; an open-ended choice. Coleman lamps and torches would
be provided to cater for light in the nights. A fully furnished kitchen
would be available with gas burner for cooking food.
The buying and preparation of food
for volunteers is not our responsibility. We are willing to offer maids
to help cook, clean, and do chores around the house where the volunteers
reside. This may be done only on the request of the volunteer. Food may
be bought in grocery shops and agriculture produce markets in Mt. Hagen
City - 45 minutes drive from Kokop Village.
KVEDO, Inc. does not buy airline
tickets for volunteers that agree to teach at Kokop Village. Each volunteer
is asked to purchase one's own return tickets. No stipend is provided.
wages or salaries are provided. We ask that you spend three months with
us at Kokop Village at your own expense. We only provide you the opportunity
to come and help us in our need. While you are here, we will provide you
housing, security, and other non-financial things. Transportation the city
to the village is operational daily at a very cheap cost, i.e. K2. 00 per
trip one way.
During the three month stay at Kokop
Village, a volunteer may take the opportunity to explore travel opportunities
within Papua New Guinea. One may travel to different parts of the country
and enjoy the scenery, landscape, rivers, ocean waves, waterfalls, mountains,
gorges, caves, and you name it.
For those volunteers that wish to
find employment in Papua New Guinea, KVEDO Inc. would be willing to help
you find employment. You must first serve with us at Kokop Village for
three months. For those that want to volunteer also in other NGOs or government
agencies in Papua New Guinea, we would bewilling to help out.
If you are interested in the volunteer
opportunity we provide, please hesitate not to contact us via the following
contact name, address, and phone or e-mail:
Post Office Box 1373
Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands
Papua New Guinea
Phone: (675) 686 2439 - Mobile
If you are not able to volunteer
but willing to help, here are ways to offer your help: (1) Send tax-deductible
financial donations to KVEDO, Inc. at the above address or call to get
the account number to make a wire transfer, (2) Collect library books,
video, audio, pictorial charts, etc., and ship it to the above address
from your country, (3) Pass the word around your local community about
this volunteer opportunity and get volunteers to come over to the project
site in Papua New Guinea. Let us know if you wish to offer any one
of this ways of help.
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