October 23 2008, we were up bright and early to load the trucks, with food and gear for what we would need for 5 weeks of village living. This was the moment we had all been preparing for, as we studied Tok Pisin, practised cooking over fires, and learned about Papua New Guinean Culture.
There was a nervous anticipation, as one by one each family was dropped off at their village location. Our family was located along the north coast of PNG, only a 3 minute walk to the ocean, and we were the last family to be dropped off. Questions raced through my mind. How would this 5 weeks go? Would we be able to make good relationships with our wasfamili? We would soon find out.