” Papua New Guineans are extremely kind, generous and friendly,” International volunteer Melanie Ferreira beams as she tells EMTV.
She spoke highly about the people and cultures saying that reading about the country did not truly match her experiences.
Before accepting the invitation to work in the country, Melanie and her family members were hesitant. But it was her mum who was supportive.
Melanie comes from Mumbai and with little knowledge about PNG, it was the ‘Bird of Paradise’ which fascinated her.
Arriving in Port Moresby, Melanie was surprised because her experiences proved all perceptions wrong.
Reading about the country did not truly match her experiences; locals were extremely kind, generous and friendly.
Melanie first worked with Don Bosco Technical School as a tutor with the I.T department and said the student’s hunger for education drives them to be authentic in learning and even the teachers were very dedicated.
She felt PNG was her home.
She even visited Kerema and Araimiri is the place that made her Papuan experience unique.
Melanie’s time in ‘The Land of the Unexpected’ taught her to be open to new experiences and the culture.
“It’s an interesting and unforgettable experience,” Melanie told EMTV News.