Campus Code of Conduct
University of the Nations (U of N) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a missionary organization whose goal is to know God and to make Him known. Our desire is that the life style “living, learning and working together” will support this goal as we abide in common values, seek to prefer one another and honor the various cultures among us.
The Campus is a facility built for the express purpose of carrying out the work of YWAM. We look to honor the Lord Jesus and each other through the living out of our values, and so expect the campus life style to display this. With that in mind, there are a few things that may make living on campus different than a regular apartment complex. There are meetings throughout the week that have lots of music, which at times may seem loud. On the other hand, “Quiet Hours” are posted, so as to respect people’s need to rest. We ascribe to a traditional view of marriage, and so find sexual promiscuity offensive. Smoking and use of alcohol or drugs is not permitted. By our love for one another and our way of life, we hope to project a Christian testimony both on campus and in Kona.
Dress is casual. You can wear your summer wardrobe all year! Again, in the spirit of preferring one another, we ask that everyone seek to dress modestly and in a manner fit for the work you are engaged in. Because of the humidity, we recommend cotton or polyester blend. Modest shorts are OK for most jobs. For Women: casual dresses, skirts, cool tops, shorts, capris or slacks. Avoid attire that is suggestive or transparent. This includes skin-tight clothing, short shorts/skirts, or low cut tops. For Men: short sleeved shirts, T-shirts and pants or shorts. No suits necessary. Men are expected to wear shirts or tank tops at all times while on campus, except when engaged in sporting events.
Accommodation, Meals, and Transportation
Since the University of the Nations is a not-for-profit missions organization, our room and board is simple but good! We aren’t the Ritz but plan to make up for it in Aloha!
Housing is dormitory style on campus with singles sharing rooms and bathrooms with other singles of the same sex. Family members will be housed together, and married couples will have their own space as well. Campus dorms have wifi, microwaves, dorm-sized refrigerators and shared coin-operated laundry machines.
All meals are served cafeteria style by our licensed commercial kitchen. The kitchen typically serves cereal, fruit, toast and eggs with coffee and tea at breakfast. Lunches feature salads, sandwiches, soups and sometimes dinner leftovers. Dinners may include ethnic favorites like tacos, lasagna, pizza, Korean barbecue, Kalua pork or local fish and usually include rice and vegetable. * There are no accommodations for special diets, but the kitchen does prepare a nice variety of foods where volunteers can usually find something that fits their needs.
Desserts, light snacks and/or special coffees are available for purchase on weekdays at our Banyan Tree Cafe.
CAMPUS MEAL SCHEDULE
Breakfast: 6:30am – 7:15am (Monday through Friday)
Breakfast with Lunch pickup: Saturday 8:00am – 8:45am, Sunday 7:30am – 8:15am
Lunch: 11:30am – 1:00pm (Monday through Friday, be sure to pack your lunch at breakfast time on Saturday and Sunday!)
Dinner: 5:00pm – 6:30pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
Dinner: 4:15pm – 5:30pm (Thursday because of the 6:30 Community meeting at Ohana Court)
Volunteers with the Surge will be picked up from the airport as well as dropped off for your return flight. Many restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores (“ABC Store”) are located within easy walking distance from the campus. WalMart, Safeway, Target and other stores are approx 2-3 miles from campus (25 min walk). Shuttles from the campus to these shopping areas are available during the week. We suggest you consider renting a vehicle if you’d like to have full independence of mobility and want to do any sightseeing/day trips on your own.
We’re in the tropics so it’s warm all year with daytime temperatures usually in the high 80s (F) with varying humidity. We get nice sea breezes during the day and mountain breezes at night. Night-time temperatures range between 60 and 75 (F) degrees, allowing comfortable sleeping with a window open. It does get a bit cooler in winter and more humid in late summer, but annual high temperatures don’t vary much. Mornings are usually clear, giving way to afternoon cloudiness. On clear days the sun can be intense so we encourage all to wear sunscreen. Hydration is of the utmost importance here – make sure to drink plenty of water!