This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

28 November 2007

New Caledonia Newcomer's Guide: 2008 edition

If you are looking for good, solid information on moving to and/or living in New Caledonia, I highly suggest the New Caledonia Newcomer's Guide. This free 26-page guide was updated, researched and compiled by a team of local English-speaking expatriate contributors. The guide touches on such topics as:
  • Recommended Reading
  • Getting Around New Caledonia
  • Driver’s Licence
  • The Magnificent Mobilis (mobile/cell phones)
  • Learning French
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Carte de Sejour
  • Finding a Place to Live
  • Health Concerns
  • Medical Care
  • Childcare
  • Culture Shock
  • How To Handle Culture Shock
  • Shopping For Food
  • Recommended Pastry Shops
  • Shopping For Home
  • Shopping For Clothes
  • Saving Money
  • Local Expressions
  • Useful Tips for Tropical Transformation
  • Creepy Crawlies and Other Tropical Delights
  • Poverty
  • Hobbies and Clubs
  • Places to Volunteer
  • Fun Places to Spend the Day
  • Vacations
  • Who Succeeds Abroad?
A 1997 Newcomer's Guide also exists, but this 2008 edition is a much-needed addition to the limited information you will find on living in New Caledonia (many thanks to Jo Ann for sharing this!).

Happy reading!

15 comments:

Anthony said...

Love your blog! I lived in NC for 6 months back in the 90's and loved it. Oh, the momories ... :-)

Julie said...

Thanks for the compliment, Anthony. New Caledonia IS wonderful - isn't it? If you feel like sharing a little bit of what it was like for you, I'm sure we would all love to hear about it. :)

All the best,

Julie

Le Cagou said...

Bonjour Julie,
Nice to see you writing again.
I know how you feel.
Just keep up with your excellent work.
I am only glad that you have not left this beautiful country yet.
Well in mind that is.
This island never leaves you Julie.
You, numerous people and I know it.
Keep up with your Blog.
It's a delight and a privilege to read it.

Merci beaucoup " for the memories."
Or pour " les souvenirs," Julie.

Best wishes to you and to all the readers. Marc

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Anthony said...

Sorry to see you're not posting here any longer. I'd hoped when you returned to France you'd come back with something new...if not continue posting memories here.

I hope some day to find you in my Inbox again.

Perhaps you'll share the view from your window in France.

Anonymous said...

HI Julie,

Hope you are well.
There is a March 2008 version of the Newcomers Guide available at www.newcaledonianewcomersexpat guide.com Can you please take the old version off your blogsite and just refer people to my website. The newest version is a first name only basis. Please just refer to me as Jo Ann, no last name anywhere please.

KIndest Regards,
Jo Ann

Julie said...

Hello everyone!

JoAnn, I have fixed the link to your guide, as requested. Thanks for keeping me (and us) up to date!

My heart is still very much in New Caledonia and I would be back there in a second! Anyone know of any jobs going? :)

And for those of you who want me to keep blogging, thanks for being so patient. As soon as I get some of my work off my desk, I hope to be writing again from Paris soon.

Kindest regards to everyone,

Julie

Sio said...

Hi there. I notice the link is no longer valid. Any chance you can update this for us please?

Loving your blog! I'm applying for a role in Noumea and am desperately trying to find out as much information as possible about living in New Caledonia.

Julie said...

Hello - Just a quick note to say that this guide is currently being updated. If you would like a pre-publication version while it is being finalised, please send me an e-mail. Kind regards - Julie

Anonymous said...

Just wanting to get a copy of the 2008 edition, none of the links seem to work - can anyone help out??

Julie said...

Hello - Just a quick note to say that this guide is currently being updated. If you would like a pre-publication version while it is being finalised, please send me an e-mail (julie.harrisguiader@gmail.com). Kind regards - Julie

Honeymoon bed breakfast said...

In the heart of the South Pacific lies a beautiful island surrounded by an emerald green lagoon.

New Caledonia is a land like no other, offering visitors an insight to a paradise of undeniable beauty and ecological treasures, all waiting to be discovered.

Julie said...

Very well put, Honeymoon bed breakfast - I couldn't agree more!

Anonymous said...

ur link appears to not be working

Julie said...

Hello - Just a quick note to say that this guide is currently being updated. If you would like a pre-publication version while it is being finalised, please send me an e-mail. Kind regards - Julie