ON CAMPUS HOUSING
MISSIONARY STAFF INFO
Welcome to the ABU team! On behalf of African Bible Colleges were are grateful and excited to have you join us in Uganda. Please read through the following material below to best prepare yourself for your upcoming trip. If you have any questions or concerns please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Housing Coordinator Karen Knight handles guest lodging.. We have huts and cottages for guests to use. And there are single family homes and duplexes for faculty/staff families.
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 Uganda. 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.
Yellow fever is the most important vaccination – you are required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination when you go through immigration at the airport. For other vaccinations consult a travel clinic. A prescription for malaria preventative medication is also important.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT NOT TO WEAR
ABU abides by our code of conduct that strives to live above reproach. We expect all guests and missionaries of African Bible Colleges 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 Kampala 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 are more conservative in how they dress and follow cultural customs.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN ABU STUDENT
Our ABU students and graduates are a wonderful frame of reference to understanding the Ugandan culture. We strongly encourage same sex friendships with our students.
Our staff’s favorite restaurants are:
Most convenient is Café Marie right across the street from campus. Good coffee plus full breakfast lunch and dinner menu. There is also a Pizza restaurant called Café Roma across the street from campus – it is also good. There is a Korean BBQ restaurant nearby. Then in Kampala (30+ minutes drive depending on traffic/time of day, etc.) there are numerous delicious restaurants.
Suggested grocery stores:
The most convenient is Quality Shopping Village right across the street. In addition to this grocery store there are also phone/internet shops, pharmacy, clothing/shoe stores, book shop, gift shop, banks, forex, etc. There is a Shoprite at Freedom City Mall about 10 km into town.
Most convenient is Barclays Bank right across the street from campus ATM as well as walk in full service banking. There are other banks in town – Stanbik and others.
CAMPUS SECURITY AND SAFETY
Student and a hired security guard are on watch during the daytime and an armed guard from a security company at night. Campus is well-secured with wall with razor wire.
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.
In Kampala be on your guard for pickpockets or purse/backpack snatchers.
When a vehicle is sitting in traffic have doors locked to guard against people snatching your bag.
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 Ugandans.
Do not walk alone outside the ABC campus at night.
Do not run off campus alone (ABC discourages running off campus).
ABC discourages the use of public transportation.
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.