The expatriate and local community that you will associate with here are very welcoming and friendly. Given the smaller urban centre sizes relative to other parts of the world, relationships form quickly here and the lifestyle can be surprisingly rich and rewarding for both individuals and families alike. You will make some enduring friendships at PwC and in PNG and this part of life here complements the challenge and excitement of your day-to-day job.
There are commercial preschools available in all areas. While the standard of care is usually high, the programs available may not be as advanced as you would be used to. Children can go up to five days a week. The international schools now run preschools where children attend five days a week. Some employers cover preschool fees.
All centres have international primary and high schools. Teachers and students are a mix of Papua New Guineans and expatriates. The curriculum follows that of New South Wales (Australia). The truly international flavour of the schools provides a rich and stimulating learning environment for children.
PNG is a predominantly Christian country with churches from all the main denominations found in the larger centres.
There are numerous supermarkets in major centres that stock the necessities and even specialised grocery items. Port Moresby has a variety of hotels, restaurants and coffee shops which cater international flavours.
In Port Moresby, there are specialty shops that carry various apparels, toys, home ware, sporting goods and electronics. Local arts and crafts and souvenirs are also available in craft markets.
There are two cinemas in Port Moresby which show the latest Hollywood movies. There are also modern bars and night clubs in the city. Also, watch out for festivals where you can witness traditional dancing, singing and culture.
The range of things to do and see and the friends you will make here are one of PNG’s best kept secrets. Activities include:
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