Chuuk has often been called the "Wreck Diving Capital" of the world. The reason is that, shortly before the end of World War II, US Navy carrier-based aircraft bombed the Japanese fleet that was anchored in the main Chuuk lagoon as well as destroyed all island-based infrastructure. Prior to the War, Chuuk was a thriving Japanese outpost in the Pacific. Literally overnight, all that changed. The lagoon is now a graveyard for these ships. A few can be reached by free diving; most require SCUBA gear. There are a number of dive shops on Chuuk that specialize in conducting dives to these wrecks. There are also a number of live-aboard ships that cater to divers.
Although the FSM is an independent country, it has a "Compact of Free Association" with the US (it was formerly a US territory). Under the compact, FSM citizens can travel freely in the US, reside, and work there. US citizens enjoy similar privileges in the FSM. All that is required for you to enter the FSM is your US passport.
If you are a citizen of another country and are completely fluent in English (can write it well and can speak it with little or no accent), you are welcome to participate in the program. However, we will have to work out immigration details with you (Please stand by for an update on this. We hope to be able to publish a specific procedure for you to follow soon).
For all practical purposes, the only medical facilities in Chuuk are found at the State hospital in Weno. There may be a health technician on the island where you stay. However, although some of these technicians are miracle workers, their strengths might be delivering babies and treating minor injuries. Illnesses should be treated at the hospital. Unfortunately, the hospital on Weno is not well-equipped. The physicians there are experts at treating physical injuries (broken limbs, wounds, etc.) and minor illnesses. However, many patients are referred to Hawaii or the Philippines for treatment of illnesses that are beyond the capabilities of the Chuukese physicians and/or the facilities of the hospital. An Intern should come armed with a short-term medical insurance policy that covers the cost of evacuation from Chuuk and treatment elsewhere. It is worth noting that care at the Chuuk hospital is essentially free and that the physicians there are dedicated and caring. The facility is simply limited with respect to the services that can be rendered there.
All Interns (or parents, if an Intern is under 18) must sign a waiver freeing the Coordinators and other people associated associated with the Teaching Assistant Program from responsibility in case they are injured, become ill, or (heaven forbid) are killed or die while participating in this program. You can access the waiver form here. The completed form can be returned to us via email using the contact information provided on the "Contact" page.
You must also complete an application form in order to be considered for entry into the Teaching Assistant Program. You can access the form here. The completed form can be returned via email using the contact information provided on the "Contact" page.
After your application and waiver forms are accepted, the fee must be submitted before final admission to the program. Please contact us using the information on the "Contact" page concerning how to submit payment. Wire transfer is usually best. We would like to receive payment at least three months before the date when your session will begin. This gives us time to make hotel reservations and arrangements with schools and sponsors.