Living in Papua New Guinea

#1 12 September 2007 18:02:37

abarkley27

Living in Papua New Guinea

Hi folks,

Can anyone with information on living in PNG assist me? I would like to know if it is worth entertianing a job offer there. What is the standard salary for a Communications Engineer.  Is it considered a high risk place and would you recommending moving the entire family there-4 kids under 11.

Many thanks,
Andrea

#4 26 July 2009 11:42:26

aida
aida
Chennai

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

How safe is PNG to live in? Especially when you are planning to live with your family

#5 04 August 2009 14:26:19

Pacotte
Pacotte
Brisbane

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Hi everybody,

I ask myself the same question. Excepted for me, I have not children. I am going to join my boyfriend there for his job.
What kind of job can you to find there? is it easy?

See you
pascaline

#6 10 August 2009 06:52:00

alphabeta
alphabeta
Port Moresby

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Pascaline!
I live here in Port Moresby for more than 3 years.
Security is worsening, life is becoming more and more expensive, but there is movement here ...
You will certainly find something to do if you have the right connections with the international community... or if you want to do voluntary work.

However, Working Visa might be an issue. Some employers might help you get it, some not.
good luck !!!

Last edited by alphabeta (10 August 2009 06:55:10)

#7 12 August 2009 11:42:18

Pacotte
Pacotte
Brisbane

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Hi,

Thanks for the information. I have seen that you're Moroccan. Do you speak French?
What are you doing exactly as job? You work  for an international organization. Which kind?

See you later
Pascaline

#8 14 September 2009 17:30:41

memyself
memyself
kuala lumpur

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

i will move to PNG soon with my 4 yo kid. my hubby is there. can somebody tell me where should we live for most safest place?

#9 15 September 2009 10:28:17

GavinW
GavinW
Christchurch

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

I am looking to take up a contract in Port Moresby end of October.
I have had trouble getting email responses from real estate agents re accommodation. Are there other property agents that own apartment blocks that I should contact?
Any help on safe areas within the town would also be appreciated.
I will need to purchase a 2nd hand vehicle as well, but was thinking I could import my vehicle from NZ. Are vehicles readily available? any good sites to visit to look at them?

Cheers

#10 13 January 2010 16:08:15

gk777
gk777
Chennai, TN

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Dear All,

I lived in Papua New Guinea for some months, but i have lot of my friends over their in "Port Moresby" and other places like Lae, Kokopo, Madang and Vanimo....

To be frank it is a good country, But not developed country, the local peoples in PNG speak the language called " Broken english"

It is not much safer place to live, always we should have a Car and no other vehicles are mostly used in PNG, becos it is not safe " Mostly Held ups and Robbery will happen "

We can get all the food stuffs their not much expensive, Currencies Used in PNG called " Kinas and Toyas"

Think this information will be useful for all, who are all moving to Papua New Guinea

If anyone required more details, Please dont hesitate to contact me @ anytime

Regards
GK

#11 20 January 2010 08:48:43

Invisible_Man
Invisible_Man
Hong Kong

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Hi,

Thanks for your info.

ANyway, Is there any any map I can buy in Port Moresby? Otherwise, I do not know which way I should drive. Where can I drop off since you mentioned it is not a safe place.


gk777 wrote:

Dear All,

I lived in Papua New Guinea for some months, but i have lot of my friends over their in "Port Moresby" and other places like Lae, Kokopo, Madang and Vanimo....

To be frank it is a good country, But not developed country, the local peoples in PNG speak the language called " Broken english"

It is not much safer place to live, always we should have a Car and no other vehicles are mostly used in PNG, becos it is not safe " Mostly Held ups and Robbery will happen "

We can get all the food stuffs their not much expensive, Currencies Used in PNG called " Kinas and Toyas"

Think this information will be useful for all, who are all moving to Papua New Guinea

If anyone required more details, Please dont hesitate to contact me @ anytime

Regards
GK

#12 08 March 2010 23:41:00

ngimangi
ngimangi
London, Port Moresby, Kavieng

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

sorry but POM is dangerous at times even I have been shot at but can someone please tell me where they go to get scarmongered? 

EVERY single post on this site is "I MIGHT BE GETTING A JOB....BUT IS IT SAFE?????

There are much worse places in the world trust me....

#13 09 March 2010 08:42:20

Pacotte
Pacotte
Brisbane

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Hello Everyone,

If I listen to you, you aren't very optimist and not make "feel like" to go there... The problem of safety you can find it in Brazil, Colombia or Venezuala.
People don't live in the fear : reassure me?????

Pascaline

#14 02 July 2010 17:26:22

angel2baby
angel2baby
Port Moresby

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

My husband and I are relocating to POM in August. We will be bringing our 2 kids with us (2 and 3 year olds). He has local colleagues over there and expat friends who have supplied us with information. Will definetely share more when we get there. Here's what I found out so far, so hopefully the information is helpful for those who are intending to relocate there.

Accomodation
- The Airways Apartments (next to the Airways Hotel near the airport) was recommended by our company's security advisor as security there is tight and being near the airport is better than being in town where the crowd is. For kids, they have a decent playground and swimming pool. Good facilities with a gym, spa, hair salon, etc. Compound is big and there are lots of families with kids there.
- Most other apartments have a swimming pool, gym and some sort of playground or small garden. Depending on your budget I guess, you can get some decent apartments in PNG that are really nice.
Is it safe?
- Several colleagues of mine have flown in and out of POM and have had no problems with crimes or malaria. An expat I met told me she's been posted to several different countries for work and POM was her favourite. Another expat said COME OVER!!! Its not that bad here!! But you read of the crimes, rapes and killings and its scary. Malaria is another problem. But to put things in perspective, which country do you not hear of rapes and killings? It happens everywhere! Just be safe and sensible, don't go to deserted places at night alone, don't go to crowded and no go zones. Stick to the safe places, where they have guards and you should be ok.

Malaria is a problem?
- My company requires all employees to take Malarone (malaria tablets one a day). They have blood tests once every few months to spot check. Contractors working for our company also have to take Malarone. No Malarone - No work. Spouse and family recommended to take too. Some mild side effects experienced by some (hallucinations, headaches, etc), others are completely ok. Kids take Malarone as well (children have different size tablets).

#15 25 October 2010 19:17:15

mlovvorn0
mlovvorn0
Calgary

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Angel2baby thank you for your advise above. I am in conversation with a company in PNG about a possible project which will go for about three years and I am considering it for myself and my wife. No children. My wife has lived in Japan for six years previously and I lived in Indonesia up in Sumatra for two years. Any additional advise you can give would be much appreciated. The company will be providing accomodations, among other things, and I just want to be sure that what they offer is in a safe place.

#16 22 November 2010 09:13:23

DBP
DBP
Mumbai

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Self is planning to move to PNG- at POM along with wife.
Kids are in University in Australia.
Job offer from  Shipping administration .
Looking for information on Cost of Living , Security, medical
facilities etc for final call to move to PNG.

#19 13 January 2012 01:18:50

Jogo
Jogo
townsville

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

I am moving to PNG within the next few weeks. Can anyone tell me about the accommodation / security at the IEA housing compound in Boroko?

I previously lived in PNG for 8 years in the 1970's and loved it, and have been back on short work visists 3 times in past 3 years.

Yes, it has changed but i would suggest that anyone take the time and make the effort to really get to know their Papua New Guinean counterparts.

#21 18 May 2012 08:40:45

Glendayap82

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

hi guys..to those who lived and worked in PNG. can u please tell me how safe to live there? my husband will be assigned to work there but i am scared because of the impression i got about this country..pls enlighten me....thank u

#25 15 August 2012 16:08:52

angel2baby
angel2baby
Port Moresby

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Hi Glen, I lived in Pom for close to 2 years since 2010 and now I've moved, but can tell you in the period we stayed, we often hear of expat friends being robbed, kidnapped, killed, raped, houses burgled, cars hijacked, etc. If you decide to move there, just be safe. Lifestyle is definitely limited in Pom. Even more limited If you want to stay safe. But it's easy to make friends and they will keep you going. All the best!

#26 18 August 2012 10:36:58

brad-o-sarus rex
brad-o-sarus rex
port moresby

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

Pacotte wrote:

Hello Everyone,

If I listen to you, you aren't very optimist and not make "feel like" to go there... The problem of safety you can find it in Brazil, Colombia or Venezuala.
People don't live in the fear : reassure me?????

Pascaline

i am currently living in PNG POM, I am from SA and have travelled the world. U will have your ups and downs, bad place and good places.

this is not like OZ or USA where anything is readily available, its a challenge to live here but if you follow the basic rules. dont go out alone( for a woman ) in the night, and if you drive from point a to b u will be fine.

Be aware and take nothing for granted. you will be fine. i do however miss being able to buy anything I want when i want in what ever shop I want, there is a shortage of that around, though there is a new water front coming in POM.

Yes i have also heard so many stories of Ex pats being robbed and attacked, if u careless you will attract it. then I start to ask questions and find out they are alone at night or running around places they shouldnt.

PNG is what u make of it. there are lots of ex pat clubs here, POM yacht club< car club, Golf Club and car club to name a few.

if you want adventure then come to PNG

#27 07 September 2012 03:45:35

birdies
birdies
Port Moresby

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

I have to agree with brad-o-sarus rex, play by the rules and you will be fine.  Rapes, Murders and carjackings happen everywhere in the world, and quite often this happens to people here in Pom too.  It is important to take things into context though and not be scaremongered by reports of crimes.  Most crimes are against Nationals and are opportunistic in nature.  Whenever I hear that someone has been carjacked etc - I always try to picture the circumstances - and most times (but not all) they haven't played by the rules.

examples:

driving through a potholed street in a line of traffic, very slowly, with windows down or doors unlocked - is not playing by the rules.

getting lost and ending up in a settlement - is not playing by the rules

driving by yourself at night, and stopping for someone on the road - is not playing by the rules

Maybe one day, even playing by the rules - you might be a victim.  But this could happen to you in any place anywhere in the world.

just my 2 cents

Aaron

#28 29 October 2012 16:21:03

SuperSaffer
SuperSaffer
Centurion

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

@Brad-o-sarus-rex (or any other Saffers in PNG) - What is the crime situation really like. I am not squimish, but am worried about my family. If you were to compare life in MOS to Johannesburg for example?

I am considering a very lucrative job offer and with all of the nonsense going on in SA at the moment, I won't need a lot of pursuading...

#29 23 May 2013 11:30:22

ruwaniliviru
ruwaniliviru
Ho Chi Minh City

Re: Living in Papua New Guinea

I intend to relocate to PNG and work near GRAND PAPUA HOTEL. I read some information given by others and I believe I can balance the situation in POM. However i don't see any comments after 2012. Anyway not so far ... how is the current situation in this Hotel area?
Please kindly explain to me
Cheers!

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