Experience of a Lifetime: Live With an Island Tribe for Four Months in Papua New Guinea

If Survivor has taught us anything, it’s that there’s more to co-living on a deserted island than alliances, immunity challenges, and snuffed torches – you get to be a part of a something much bigger than that. You get to be a part of a community, live off the land, and see the world from a whole new perspective.

For those who’ve grown up watching Survivor and have always imagined what it might be like to live like a true islander, you’re in luck: Tribewanted is looking for 10 adventurous people to join them for a once-in-a-lifetime co-living experience where you can live on a isolated island with a tribe for up to four months.

The Mailulu clan in Papua New Guinea on Gonubalabala island is looking for a group of fearless individuals to live with them on their 300-acre tropical island that only has 20 inhabitants. But don’t bother trying to look it up on Google Maps – the island is so small it doesn’t show up.

While everyone is welcome, the tribe is particularly looking for teachers, cooks, doctors, electricians, farmers, and musicians to help in the village.

You’ll get to live in true castaway style and pick coconuts, fish for food, build compost toilets, and construct houses out of bamboo found on the island.

Aaside from a few minor labour-intensive jobs, participants will be free to roam the island, sunbathe in hammocks, and swim with giant Manta Rays on the coral reef located right off the beach.

Those interested have to be available during the island’s dry season, which runs from September 2016 to January 2017. The full four months cost $5,000, or $7,500 per couple. There are also shorter terms available.

So if you’re feeling fed up with the daily grind and are interested in experiencing a bit of a culture shock, this might be exactly what you’re looking for.