MISSIONARY STAFF INFO
First off welcome to the ABC team! On behalf of African Bible Colleges were are grateful and excited to have you join us in Malawi. 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 or email@example.com.
REQUEST FOR LONG TERM (1+ YEARS) ON CAMPUS HOUSING
MISSION TEAM & GUEST INFO
ABC is extremely grateful for the partnership of guest and mission teams who visit our campus in Malawi. Our goal is to provide safe and comfortable accommodations for each and every individual who stays on our campus. Please read through the following housing options so our ABC team can prepare for your upcoming arrival.
ABC Hut Lodging: ABC has four guest lodges on campus that can accommodate up to 25 people. Hut lodging reservations include a provided breakfast with your stay.
Hut #1: Can host up to 5 people
Hut #2: Can host up to 4 people
Hut #3: Can host up to 8 people
Hut #4: Can host up to 8 people
ABC Staff Hosing: After our academic year concludes missionary housing is available from June 26th to August 1. Not all of our ABC staff choose to return to their home country during the holiday break but usually most do. The availability of staff housing differs each year. Typically we have up to 4 available houses/apartments on campus.
ABC Student Dorms: After our academic year concludes for the college at the end of May student dorms are available for large teams to stay in. Dorm capacity for mission teams, up to 60 residents.
REQUEST FOR SHORT TERM ON CAMPUS HOUSING
Some non-Malawi passport holders are requited to obtain a visa to enter the country. U.S. citizens are required to have a Visa, South Africans are not. For short visits of less than 30 days you can pre-purchase a Visa from the Malawian Embassy in Washington for $100, or you can pay $75 in USD cash upon arrival at the airport in Lilongwe. If you choose to purchase your Visa at the airport be prepared to spend an additional 45 minutes to an hour in a line.
For staff staying an entire school year we recommend purchasing a “Multiple Re-entry” visa which allows you to travel in and out of the country while awaiting approval of your Temporary Employment Permit (see below). A one-year multiple re-entry Visa can be purchased from the Malawian Embassy in Washington for $250.
The TEP process in Malawi is lengthy. This Multiple Re-entry is a good option for all missionary staff who are paid or receive donations through ABC’s stateside office. Our mission is headquartered and registered as a 501-c3 stateside, not in Africa.
TEP (Temporary Employment Permit)
TEP stands for “Temporary Employment Permit”. As stated above if you are not receiving payment through ABC’s Stateside office you are required to apply for a TEP. We want to clearly state that ABC is not responsible for the length of time it takes for you to receive your TEP. This can vary greatly, and can take up to two years. The process is inefficient and varies from year to year. Therefore, it requires patience and grace. ABC has appointed a representative to submit TEP documents and to act as a liaison between you and Immigration. Your involvement in the process will only complicate the procedure. Please know ABC that will not support corruption at any point in the process, the key word is Patience.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Until the early 90’s the country of Malawi lived under a very conservative law that band shorts, pants or skirts above the knees. Over the years Malawi has become more modernized, adopting many western customs and dress attire. However ABC abides by a code of conduct that strives to live above reproach. We expect all guests and missionaries of ABC to abide by these standards.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
It is important to understand the demographic of people you are serving. If you travel outside the capital city to a local village to facilitate a form of ministry it is respectful for women to wear skirts that cover their knees (or a cloth wrap around) and for grown men to wear pants. If you are out at the grocery shopping in the capital city of Malawi or out 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 more rule areas in Malawi are more conservative in how they dress and follow cultural customs.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN ABC STUDENT
Our ABC students and graduates are a wonderful frame of reference to understanding the Malawi culture. We strongly encourage same sex friendships with our students.
CHICHEWA, MALAWI’S NATIONAL LANGUAGE
Our organization advocates for all missionary staff to immerse themselves in the Malawi culture. We want to support you by helping you communicate with the Malawian people 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 Malawian 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.
Shupe is a local Malawian instructor with years of experience teaching Chichewa lessons to expats. Shupe is not only a terrific instructor but a wonderful cultural consultant to Malawi. Shupe charges MK 15,000 per session. She highly recommends forming a group of participants who are also interested in learning Chichewa.
The cost of lessons remains the same regardless of how many people participate (ex: 1 participant = MK 15,000, 4 participants = MK 15,000..ect). If you choose to move forward with learning local language please set up a private appointments with Shupe.
TAKE CHICHEWA LESSONS WITH A CHICHEWA TEACHER!
Teachers Name: Shupe
Teachers WhatsApp Contact:+265 999 34 06 69
Price Shupe charges: $15 an hour
CAMPUS SECURITY AND SAFETY
If you ask any person in Malawi they will say “ABC is one of the most safest places to stay in Malawi”. We pride ourselves in protecting our students, staff and visitors at our ABC campus. We do our very best to provide a safe atmosphere by distributing staff ID cards, vehicle boom gate cards (that restrict the public from accessing certain parts of the campus), a 9ft brick wall around our facility, electrical fencing watch guard towers, and student security guards 24/7.
With all the precautions we take it may be easy to assume you are safe at all times but we ask that you take your own personal precautions to ensure your safety.
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 ABC Staff member about distributing loans or money to Malawians.
Do not walk around outside the ABC campus at night.
Do not run off campus alone (ABC discourages running off campus).
ABC discourages the use of public transportation.
HEAD OF CAMPUS SECURITY
Richard Maguire: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 we ask you to be considerate 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.
LONG TERM MISSIONARY STAFF
Upon arrival please contact head of maintenance for staff housing to be placed in your houses designated maintenance whatsapp group.
Head of Staff Housing: Jonathan Spencer