My husband and I are relocating to POM in August. We will be bringing our 2 kids with us (2 and 3 year olds). He has local colleagues over there and expat friends who have supplied us with information. Will definetely share more when we get there. Here's what I found out so far, so hopefully the information is helpful for those who are intending to relocate there.
- The Airways Apartments (next to the Airways Hotel near the airport) was recommended by our company's security advisor as security there is tight and being near the airport is better than being in town where the crowd is. For kids, they have a decent playground and swimming pool. Good facilities with a gym, spa, hair salon, etc. Compound is big and there are lots of families with kids there.
- Most other apartments have a swimming pool, gym and some sort of playground or small garden. Depending on your budget I guess, you can get some decent apartments in PNG that are really nice.
Is it safe?
- Several colleagues of mine have flown in and out of POM and have had no problems with crimes or malaria. An expat I met told me she's been posted to several different countries for work and POM was her favourite. Another expat said COME OVER!!! Its not that bad here!! But you read of the crimes, rapes and killings and its scary. Malaria is another problem. But to put things in perspective, which country do you not hear of rapes and killings? It happens everywhere! Just be safe and sensible, don't go to deserted places at night alone, don't go to crowded and no go zones. Stick to the safe places, where they have guards and you should be ok.
Malaria is a problem?
- My company requires all employees to take Malarone (malaria tablets one a day). They have blood tests once every few months to spot check. Contractors working for our company also have to take Malarone. No Malarone - No work. Spouse and family recommended to take too. Some mild side effects experienced by some (hallucinations, headaches, etc), others are completely ok. Kids take Malarone as well (children have different size tablets).