Living With a Host Family
By living in a homestay, you are making an intentional commitment to live outside your comfort zone. Your days will be spent on campus studying, worshipping and eating with Ugandan peers and your USP cohort. While you'll have some opportunities to make relationships and be involved on campus, most of your time will be spent in an even more effective classroom: a Ugandan family.
Students living on campus will also spend two weeks with a host family, but you will have the entire semester to be integrated as a true member of a Ugandan family. You will live close enough to walk to the university, but far enough to escape the 'bubble' so familiar to Christian colleges. Life with a Ugandan family will include eating Ugandan staple foods (beans, rice, potatoes, etc.), bathing from a bucket, and having limited communication (internet is available on campus, but not in homes), among other challenges. The majority of homes will have electricity, but most will not have indoor plumbing.
You will leave Uganda with a genuine second family, a picture of family and Christian hospitality that can't be gained in the classroom, but is lived out in the family rituals, the family obligations, and the family celebrations. This experience will give you a thorough foundation of cultural values manifested and embodied in your daily life and relationships.
If you've spent time in intercultural classes or debated the importance of truly engaging those different from you, then this is the place for you. If you embrace this setting, we certainly don't claim that it will be easy, but it will absolutely be worth it.
NOTE: If participating in campus activities (sports, choirs, fellowships, etc.) is extremely important to you, consider applying to live on campus since practice times and commitments are not conducive to homestays.