The College currently offers two opportunities for students to experience life in a developing country. These are to Papua New Guinea and Kiribati. Both places have an MSC connection and the experiences are immersions rather than tourist experiences.
Kiribati is an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean composed of 32 atolls, several of which are visited by the Monivae group. The unique opportunity gives students the chance to step outside their comfort zone and learn about other cultures and is an experience which they will carry for life. The Monivae Kiribati Mission Experience Program started in the Year 2000 with students visiting our sister school Chevalier College on the outer island of Abemama. Many describe their visit as being the ‘experience of a lifetime' as they are able to immerse themselves into the subsistence living of fishing, making thatch and local coconut mats on a remote atoll environment. While the students and staff support the teaching and learning of English at this school, many other benefits are enjoyed by all in the group, namely the incredibly friendly hospitality of the I-Kiribati people and their unique culture.
"A main highlight of the trip was helping and making lifelong friendships with the students at Chevalier College. Their kind and inviting nature made it easy for us settle in on the island. We thoroughly enjoyed participating in their classes and helping them with their English."
“All in all, the trip taught us to be appreciative of the little things we take for granted. After meeting the locals of Kiribati who despite having very little, gave everything to make our stay memorable and they were always so happy.”
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is the world's most diverse country, with more than 700 native tongues and 80% of Papua New Guinea's people living in rural areas with few or no facilities of modern life. Students experience first-hand poverty and the unknown, however, develop new skills that will last a lifetime. Based in the Catholic parish at Tapini about 120km north of Port Moresby students work with several primary schools and also at our sister school, Sacred Heart College Tapini. Similar to Abemama in Kiribati very few tourists ever visit Tapini, so our visit is greatly appreciated. The celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart with the Monivae visitors is a much anticipated event each year. This trip has been ongoing since 2003.