The villages are within a day’s walk from each other so available time is spent teaching rather than moving between villages. However, walking the Kokoda Track is very physically challenging, so we fly to the villages from Port Moresby. Some teachers helicopter between villages, while others choose to walk.
Jane, from Literacy for Life, walked the Kokoda Track in 2009 with her elder son, then aged 14, as a cultural trip with PNG family friends. Jane and her younger son, then also aged 14, walked the Track in 2012 with the same family friends. The family have remained in contact with PNG friends made on these trips. It was these experiences with the villagers that motivated Jane and her sons to develop the ongoing volunteer teaching program.