ABU UGANDA

ON CAMPUS HOUSING

MISSIONARY STAFF INFO

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First off welcome to the ABC 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 you for your upcoming trip. If you have any questions or concerns please contact abcadmin@africanbiblecolleges.net.

Long term (1+ years) ABU staff members are required to fill out and submit the following documents before you travel to Uganda. Please e-mail these documents to abcadmin@africanbiblecolleges.net .

 
 
 

REQUEST FOR LONG TERM (1+ YEARS) ON CAMPUS HOUSING

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ABC works very hard to provide nice and comfortable accommodations for staff. We ask that you treat your house like you would your home and be a good steward of the resources and housing items that are provided for you. *

MISSION TEAM & GUEST INFO

 

REQUEST FOR SHORT TERM ON CAMPUS HOUSING

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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.

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How long will you need on campus housing for? Please give exact dates.
How many people is your reservation for?
 
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VISA INFORMATION

VISA

United States Citizens traveling to Uganda will need to purchase a VISA, we suggest using TRIVISA to order your passport or VISA before you leave.

TEP INFORMATION

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.

 
 
 
 
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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.

  1. Never leave your house or lodging place unlocked.

  2. Keep valuables out of sight in a safe locked place.

  3. Women be smart about who you invite into your home and what time of day you do so.

  4. Do not give out your personal information to strangers.

  5. Ask a ABC Staff member about distributing loans or money to Malawians.

  6. Do not walk around outside the ABC campus at night.

  7. Do not run off campus alone (ABC discourages running off campus).

  8. ABC discourages the use of public transportation.

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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.