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By Veronica Manuk

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 15) - Ten
Australian volunteers have arrived in Papua New Guinea to live in remote Koiari
villages for a two to three month period.

This will be the third successive year this has been done under
an agreement signed by Koiari Holdings Ltd with Australian Volunteers
International for the Koiari youth project.

Special Project officer with Koiari Holdings, Garry Imiri said
during their stay, the volunteers would work with the villagers in a variety of
ways to facilitate the development of communities.

He said the program would provide opportunities for personal
development and capacity building through learning and working together.

He added that they would spend one week in country orientation
program conducted by the National Volunteer Service at Kokorogoro village, Rigo
before their stay at Kokoda Track villages, Efogi and Manari.

He said there had been an increase in number of tourists
visiting the track this year because of the exposure by SBS Television in April
and the youths involved in the program.

This year’s program is a collaborative arrangement by
Australian Volunteers International with the National Volunteer Service and
Koiari Holdings.

September 16, 2003

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