ON CAMPUS HOUSING
MISSIONARY STAFF INFO
First off welcome to the ABU team! On behalf of African Bible Colleges we are grateful and excited to have you join us in Liberia. Please read through the following material below to best prepare you for your upcoming trip. If you have any questions or concerns please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
REQUEST FOR LONG TERM (1+ YEARS) ON CAMPUS HOUSING
MISSION TEAM & GUEST INFO
REQUEST FOR SHORT TERM ON CAMPUS HOUSING
ABU is extremely grateful for the partnership of guest and mission teams who visit our campus in Liberia. Our goal is to provide safe and comfortable accommodations for each and every individual who stays on our campus. Please submit a short term housing request so that our ABU team can prepare for your upcoming arrival.
United States Citizens traveling to Liberia will need to purchase a VISA, we suggest using TRIVISA to order your passport or VISA before you leave.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Liberia is a nation that was founded by freed slaves that returned from the USA to West Africa. Due to the vast influence of American culture Liberia is one of the more westernized countries in Africa. You will recognize similar clothing that you would see in the USA and recognizable mannerisms.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
It is important to understand the demographic of people you are serving. If you travel outside the capital city to a rule area to facilitate a form of ministry it is respectful for women to wear modest clothing skirts/dresses that cover their knees and for grown men to wear pants. If you are out grocery shopping in the capital city of Liberia or at dinner with friends it is appropriate to wear pants or shorts (this implies both men and women). The capital city is more receptive to western attire while the rule areas in Liberia are more conservative in how they dress and follow cultural customs. When teaching on our ABU campus in Liberia we ask faculty and staff to dress professionally in business attire.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN ABC STUDENT
Our ABU students and graduates are a wonderful frame of reference to understanding the Liberian culture. We strongly encourage same sex friendships with our students.
LIBERIAN PIDGIN ENGLISH
English serves as the official Liberian language, and an estimated 3 million people speak the form of pidgin English known as Liberian Kreyol language or Liberian Pidgin English. This unique form of English spoken in Liberia, known as Liberian Pidgin English or Liberian Kreyol language, was developed among the population of Americo-Liberians, the freed slaves who migrated to Liberia from the United States in the 19th century.
Our organization advocates for all missionary staff to immerse themselves in the Liberian culture. We want to encourage you to seek out an ABU student and learn the language in Liberia so that you can build relationships and obtain trust.
Whether we realize it or not learning the local language in a host country conveys a message of appreciation towards the local people. They value the effort to learn a new language and feel tremendously loved in return. Whenever we enter into a new culture we are to emulate that culture by indulging in the local food, adopting Liberian dress and making an attempt to learn their language. All these efforts show that we care and express a genuine desire to understand their country.
CAMPUS SECURITY AND SAFETY
ABU Liberia’s campus is quiet safe. We have campus guards that keep watch all night long and security procedures in place to ensure your safety. Although we do our best to provide comfortable and safe accommodation on our campus we ask that you take the following precautions to ensure your personal safety in Libera.
Never leave your house or lodging place unlocked.
Keep valuables out of sight in a safe locked place.
Women be smart about who you invite into your home and what time of day you do so.
Do not give out your personal information to strangers.
Ask a ABU Staff member about distributing loans or money to Liberians.
Do not walk around outside the ABU campus at night.
Do not run off campus alone (ABU discourages running off campus).
ABC discourages the use of public transportation.
Be smart about friendships with the opposite sex.
CAN YOU FIX THIS?
CAMPUS MAINTENANCE The decision to travel half way across the world to live in a developing country is a sacrifice from a first world country such as the USA. By making the decision to visit/live in Malawi you are willingly giving up multiple avenues of comfort and you are stepping into a unfamiliar environment. Chances are this new environment will not be able to accommodate you like your home culture. While the ABC campus does offer maintenance services to guest and missionary staff this is not something you should take advantage of. Please be patient with your request(s) and assess the level of emergency of your situation. Is this something you can fix on your own? We encourage missionary staff to take ownership of your environment and be problem solvers.