1. What is the climate like at Kudjip and what kind of clothes should I bring?
The climate here is incredibly pleasant since we are located in the highlands and not on the hot, humid coast. Temperatures range from the 60’s overnight to low 80’s during the day. We have a rainy (Dec-May) and dry (June-Nov) season each year. During the rainy season you can expect rain everyday. We still get rain during the dry season as well, but sometimes its 3-4 days a week instead of everyday.
Plan to bring a few long-sleeved items for the cooler temperatures and a rain jacket and umbrella for the wet days. It is okay to wear scrubs in the hospital setting, but you may also wear casual clothes. Some of our male physicians wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts in the hospital. The cultural expectation is that women wear dresses or skirts that cover the knees at all times. It is certainly okay to wear pants or long shorts in your flat or other missionary homes. You may also wear long, loose shorts to play sports on the station. Plan to wear whatever shoes are most comfortable for you.
2. What are the living accommodations like?
We have a variety of living quarters for our volunteers and trainees. We have two studio flats, a 2-bedroom flat, a 2-bedroom house, several 3-bedroom homes (if they aren’t occupied by long-term missionaries) and a 6-bedroom/2 bath house (mostly for large groups).
The flats each have a refrigerator, stove, oven, toaster, and microwave. The laundry room, where you will do your own laundry, is connected to the flats, and a clothesline is in the front yard. Other mission housing is occasionally borrowed for our volunteers.
3. Is malaria a concern at Kudjip?
We do have a good number of mosquitos, however malaria is rarely a concern in the highlands. We would still recommend that you bring repellant and wear it, especially in the evenings if you’ll be outside. Malaria prophylaxis is suggested if you are going to spend time in more endemic areas, such as the coastal regions. The missionaries here do not take it.
4. What is it like to be on-call?
Depending on how many doctors are here at the time, you will only take 1-2 calls a week. The hospital is about a 5-minute walk from the doctor’s flats. On average, the on-call doctor returns to the hospital 1-3 times during the evening and night, and takes 2-5 phone calls. Of course, “individual mileage may vary”! On weekends, if you expect to work a full day, you won’t be too frustrated.
5. Will I have a phone or e-mail access?
Upon your arrival, you will be provided with 6 GB of data loaded on wifi modem. This modem can then be used with your computer, tablet or smartphone to access the internet or make calls via Skype or FaceTime. If the 6 GB of data is used within 30 day period, more data can be purchased and loaded onto the modem. We will provide a cellular phone for use during your stay if you are interested. You will also have a phone in your flat for on-station calls, but “land-lines” are no longer practical for use for international calls.
6. What recreational activities are available?
We have a basketball court where the station staff and missionary kids often play in the afternoons and on Saturdays. Basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, soccer and rugby are often being played by a group on station, so just ask to join in. A weight room is available. Bring a conservative swim suit if you like swimming, because you may enjoy tubing down the hydroelectric canal or the adjacent river. The beautiful mountains offer hiking and bird watching but we ask that you go with a missionary.
7. Do I need to bring my own linens and kitchenware?
No. There will be plenty of sheets and towels provided in your flat. You will also have dishes, utensils, and pots and pans provided.
8. How much money should I bring?
Click here to see a full list of expenses that you can expect during your stay at Kudjip. Beyond this detailed list, plan to bring as much money as you’d like in order to purchase souvenirs (baskets, trays, carvings, drums, traditional woven bags, coffee, tea…just to name a few). You will have access to an ATM on the station at Kudjip, but be sure to inform your bank or credit company that you’ll be using your card in PNG!
9. What is the mission station like?
The station is approximately a 1/2 mile from one end to the other on the main station road. Aside from the hospital buildings, there is a College of Nursing, offices for the Church of the Nazarene, many missionary homes, nursing student dormitories and over a hundred houses for our PNG national staff. There are many children (both missionary kids and PNG kids) on the station. Currently there are about fifteen missionary families on the station. We have station security guards 24 hours a day. We ask that women not walk on the station after dark without a male escort (which the missionary families happily provide).
10. What is available for my non-medical family member to do?
Your non-medical spouse or family member can be as busy as they choose to be. There is plenty of work to be done on the station and if they have a particular gift or skill there is a good chance we can find a way for them to use it here! Some examples are organizing and cleaning in the hospital store-room, doing computer teaching for our staffing the hospital, helping to organize the nursing college library, filing, helping in the missionary kid elementary or high school, helping in the community school, sorting pills in the pharmacy, assisting our maintenance and building teams and LOTS more. There are also lots of PNG children on the station who would love you to play with them.
11. Are there any other guidelines I should know about?
Smoking and drinking alcohol during your time with us are not permitted. We ask that you (women especially) plan to dress modestly in skirts or dresses except for times noted above. Men and women who are not husband and wife should be careful to avoid any appearance of impropriety, understanding that Papua New Guineans have a stricter understanding of this than most westerners. A man and woman who are not married should not be alone together in one of the flats or homes.
We also abide by a set of safety guidelines for on and off-station safety. We ask that our visitors trust the experience and knowledge of our missionaries in developing rules that protect both the visitor and our institution.
12. What is the primary focus of Kudjip Nazarene Hospital?
We are first and foremost a Christian ministry. Our primary focus as an institution is to provide the absolute best medical care possible for our patients while at the same time sharing the love, hope and saving grace of Jesus Christ with everyone that enters our doors. We treat the sick out of compassion and because of Christ’s own example of healing, and also as an opportunity to bring men, women and children to a saving knowledge of Jesus. About 600-800 people come to Christ through the ministry of Kudjip Nazarene Hospital each year.
13. Do I have to be a Christian or endorse the doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene to volunteer at Kudjip?
The best scenario for our volunteers and staff is when you can become actively involved in our ministry. Many of our volunteers find opportunities to pray with patients and share the salvation of Christ incredibly rewarding. Our volunteers and trainees come from a wide variety of denominational and doctrinal backgrounds.
14. What is the hospital facility like?
Our current hospital building opened in November of 2009. It has 132 beds which are divided between four wards (pediatric, medicine, surgery and obstetric). We also have a TB ward. We have a seven bed emergency room, an orthopedic area (for casting and other procedures), X-ray services, a lab, two operating rooms and six delivery beds on the obstetric ward.
15. Where can I attend church during my stay at Kudjip?
There are many options for worship during your time at Kudjip. We have a church (with a couple of services) just outside the hospital gate. You will also want to take the opportunity to attend a “bush” church with some other missionaries or staff while you are here. The missionaries have a weekly prayer meeting in a missionary home and there are other mid-week small-group and other ministry opportunities that you’d be welcome to join.