Volunteers Wanted: A Remote Tribe in Papua New Guinea is Looking for 10 People to Join the Community
Leonardo DiCaprio's film The Beach showed a group of travelers living in an idealistic community on a stunning secret island. Now, that fictional story is set to come true. The Mailulu clan in Papua New Guinea is looking for ten volunteers to live on an 300-acre topical island that is so remote it only has 20 inhabitants and doesn't appear on Google Maps.
Tribewanted is the company facilitating the project and has placed an application on their website where they are looking for "10 intrepid pioneers" to participate in a "co-living experience" on Gonubalabala "with exclusive use of the island for up to four months." The tribe is particularly seeking teachers, cooks, doctors, electricians, farmers, and musicians to help their community's "goal of building a simple off-grid eco-tourism site."
Chosen participants will help pick coconuts, fish, build compost toilets, and construct houses out of bamboo. The island, which is 90 minute by boat from Alotau, runs entirely on solar power and drinking water is harvested from rain. And along with some labor-intensive work also comes freedom to explore. "Swim with giant Manta Rays on the spectacular coral reef right off the beach, island hop to nearby deserted beaches," reads the description.
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The tribe is looking for people to arrive during the dry season, between September 2016 and January 2017 and you'll have to pay a fee of $5,000 or $7,500 per couple. Shorter terms are available too (one to three months) with one month starting at $1,800 a person. Weekly rates are also available starting at $500. Prices include all meals and activities, but not transportation to or from the island.