Travel arrangements

The travel costs shall amount to no more than AUD 2,000. The elements of this travel cost are as follows:

1. –Return airfare Sydney/Nouméa/Sydney, departing 20 November, returning 4 December 1999

2. –Airport taxes in Australia and New Caledonia

3. –All ground transportation (as a group)

4. –Accommodation and meals at Tendo & Bas Coulna villages and Hienghène

  1. –Accommodation and meals at Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre, Nouméa
  2. –The equivalent of AUD100 in FCP (French Pacific Francs) & a telephone card on arrival
  3. –Entry to Centre Culturel Goa Ma Bwarhat in Hienghène, Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre in Nouméa, Nouméa City Museum, New Caledonia Territorial Museum in Nouméa.
7. –Required travel insurance (may make own arrangements, but proof of insurance required) Not included are personal expenses, personal travel costs, any applicable UNSW tuition charges, lunch on the day of arrival and all items not mentioned specifically above.The final figure for the travel costs depends on the number of participants, prevailing exchange rates and final costs. All participants must have a passport with 6 months validity at the time of travel. No visa is required for Australian passport holders.

In order to secure our bookings, a deposit of $500 must be paid before Friday 6 August 1999. The balance is due on Friday 3 September 1999. This deposit and the balance should be paid to the UNSW Cashier Account T2483Y, who will provide you with a receipt.

I have no information at this time if there is a cancellation penalty on any of our bookings after 3 September 1999. Please check the date of publication below to be certain of having recent details.

The above information is correct at time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

The focus of this year’s fieldtrip to the Pacific Islands is to be a visit to the remote Kanak mountain village of Tendo. After Tendo, a period of study will take place at the Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre, just outside Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia.

Conditions at Tendo village are similar to what students might have experienced whilst camping. We will sleep on the ground in guest huts and local food will be prepared for us. There are no shops or other facilities in the village, apart from the single call box near the primary school. There is no money exchange facility in Hienghène and, for that reason, a basic amount is provided upon arrival and included in the travel cost. As there is little on which to spend money in Hienghène (and nothing in Tendo), people should wait until arriving at the Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre before changing any money. The telephone card may be used in any public call box in New Caledonia.

Conditions at the Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre are similar to those in a boarding school or school camp. Accommodation is in group dormitories, meals provided on a group basis. Apart from souvenirs, there is no shop at the Centre, but there is a small parade of shops about 1.5km distant. There is a day-time bus service to local suburbs and to downtown Nouméa.

Prices in New Caledonia tend to be much higher than in Australia. Quite ordinary artefacts made locally can cost $50 to $100. Souvenir T–shirts range from 1000 fcp at the Centre Culturel Goa Ma Bwarhat in Hienghène to 2800 fcp at the Jean Marie Tjabaou Centre ($16 to $47). A can of soft drink or "Number One" beer (the local brew) can cost as little as 80 fcp in a supermarket, but 480 fcp in a snack bar ($1.30 to $8.00). Soft drinks are similarly expensive, often being imported from France. A normal lunch time set meal starts at about 900 fcp for a plate, which is just over fifteen dollars. A common pizza costs between 1100 to 1800 ($18 to $30). Bring all film, batteries or personal supplies from Australia.

All participants will stay in the same shared accommodation and all meals are included in the fieldwork class travel cost. Only the lunch on the day of arrival at Tontouta airport is not included. After the three hour flight, a few people may feel the need to eat. Those who do, may wish to explore a French supermarket, Michel Ange, just across the road from the airport. Grant McCall will be available throughout the fieldwork to discuss student field research and the assignment.

The water in Tendo and Nouméa is very good and can be drunk without any problems. There are no serious diseases in New Caledonia. The rare and timid sea snakes are the only danger.

There is no problem with security in the village. In Nouméa, normal precautions should be taken to guard valuables.

On a linguistic note, English is widely spoken by educated, town dwelling people, but French and one or more of the 28 indigenous languages is what one finds in "la brousse" (the bush).

Contact telephone numbers:

Tendo call box (unattended): (687) 88 15 14

Hienghène dispensary: (687) 42 82 24

Tourism office in Hienghène: Tel: (687) 42 43 57 • FAX: (687) 42 43 56

Ben Lahousine, Development Office, Hienghène: Tel: (687) 42 81 44 • FAX: (687) 42 81 52

Jean Marie Tjibaou Centre, Nouméa: Tel: (687) 41 45 55 x332 (Albert Sio)

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