2018 Suanum, PNG

Please note applications have now closed for this studio

BOWER 2018 – Suanum, Wewak District, Papua New Guinea

The 2018 Bower studio will see the Bower team return to the village of Suanum in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.  The Bower team have successfully completed community development projects across a number of communities in PNG, building sanitation facilities at Bumbu and Serongko (2010), composting toilets at Sipaia (2012 & 2016) plus a neo-natal clinic and composting toilet at Suanum (2014).

A predominantly agrarian society, within Papua New Guinea the majority of the population live within traditional villages and survive almost exclusively on subsistence farming. It is estimated that approximately 87% of the population live in rural and remote areas, with little access to urban regions, and government services.  Whilst the remote nature of much of PNGs population has helped to preserve traditional ways of life and foster vibrant and diverse cultural practices, it also presents significant challenges to the delivery of much needed infrastructure.

This Bower Studio project will focus on the growing health, sanitation and education infrastructure needs within the region. Building on the strong relationship that was established with the community during the construction of a neo-natal clinic and composting toilets in 2014, students will work alongside the Suanum community to build health education facilities.  We feel privileged to be invited back by the Suanum community leaders to work alongside the local community to deliver much needed health education infrastructure, and to be able to be involved in a hands-on project that makes such a profound difference to all those involved.

In 2018, in conjunction with the community build, students will engage in community consultation around the local sanitation, health and education infrastructure needs. After seminars at Uni and construction training, we will travel to Suanum to spend seven days conducting community consultation and construction.

Be warned – this project involves uncomfortable travelling, hard work in the tropical heat, mosquitoes and some very, very basic accommodation and food.

The pre-departure work begins in October while the PNG component begins after exams in November. The project will cost you around $2200 (air fares to Wewak are quite expensive).

Subject information

Subject Sustainable Tropical Housing
Subject code ABPL90152
Credit points 12.5 points
Subject level Graduate coursework
Location Parkville and Dookie campus plus fieldwork in Suanum, Wewak District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Availability Quotas apply
Dates October & November 2018.  Exact travel dates to be confirmed

Information sessions

  • Session 1: At CDE Presentations, 20th July
  • Session 2: 9am Tuesday 24 July – The Japanese Room, level 4, MSD