U.S. South Pacific Scholar Encourages Papua New Guineans to Work Hard at School (July 15, 2016)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to have Joshua Parep back in Papua New Guinea to do his Home Country Community Service Project (HCCSP). Twenty-three year old Joshua from Wabag, Enga Province is a current United States South Pacific (USSP) scholarship recipient, enrolled in the Computer Science bachelor’s degree program at the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus. While in Papua New Guinea, he will be attached with Shenzhen Mandarin Technology Co. Limited, working in data management programming.

Joshua comes with great support from his university as an outstanding student. Last January, he was hired as an undergraduate tutor for three Computer Science, three Mathematics, and two Chemistry classes by the University of Hawaii – Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), to support the academic success of his Pacific Islander peers. As a tutor, Joshua assists up to 25 students a week. He is very excited to be back home on this project, and encourages young Papua New Guineans interested in studying abroad to work hard in school.

“It is very competitive when vying for international scholarships,” said Joshua. “Do your research. Go online and search study opportunities – and apply. You’ll be surprised how many there are available.”

Joshua will complete his HCCSP in August and return to Hawaii to continue his bachelor’s program. He has been spending some time this week at the American Corner, located inside the National Library at Waigani, providing advice to those interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States.

The HCCSP is a volunteer service activity designed to serve multiple objectives for USSP students including: providing them an opportunity to gain practical experience, and to network with local professionals, in their academic field and/or an area of career interest; offering them a chance to give something back to their home country in the areas of capacity-building; allowing them to reconnect with their homeland, community, family, and friends; and, preparing them for the re-entry process back into their home country following their USSP period of study abroad.