Otherwise, how is it to live in Bujumbura?
Bujumbura is in every sense an African city. The basic goods and services expatriates desire continue to be available even in 2017--acceptable and safe housing for rent, restaurants, gyms, international churches, just not a lot of variety of each and the price and quality vary! Bujumbura is on Lake Tanganyika and is served by an international airport. It is not at all busy or dangerous like East African mega-cities Nairobi or Kampala. It's similar to Kigali or Lilongwe, but slightly smaller with fewer housing options and more basic shopping. Personal violence against expatriates has not been reported to us but theft is always a risk.
How important is French?
Almost all of the faculty are Burundian. Some classes are taught in English and some in French, but most students are much better in French than English--though as part of the East African community this is changing rapidly. Many peer Burundian faculty do not speak English. It is still helpful to learn French to be most effective as a teacher and as a peer, particularly in medicine.
Do professors really need a master’s or doctorate?
Hope Africa University is fully accredited by the Government of Burundi and is a member of the Inter-University Council of East Africa. To keep its accreditation, faculty must have advanced degrees. The primary exception is faculty teaching English. Native English speakers possessing a BA and a certificate to teach English as a foreign language may serve on the faculty.
Who are the expatriate faculty?
Since December 2015 Randy and Carolyn Bond are the only Western expatriate faculty in Bujumbura. One-year expatriate faculty can come by invitation of SERGE or Friends of Hope Africa University. Those wishing to teach a modular course in a short time are welcome by special arrangement
The university has no funds to pay foreign faculty. All expatriate faculty must come as volunteers or raise their salaries and expenses through a personal network of donors-- churches and personal contacts contributing to a mission agency.
What is the church affilitation of Hope Africa University?
Hope Africa University is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of Burundi, though it is non-denominational in its admissions and hiring policies. Currently, many churches and religions are represented in the student body and faculty.
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