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  1. How am I expected to communicate on a multi cultural campus?
  2. What is the campus dress code?
  3. What is it like to live in your campus community?
  4. What moral standards should I expect?
  5. What are your meal times like?
  6. What is my mailing address in Kona?
  7. Are there any shopping areas nearby the campus?
  8. Is it possible to stay as a volunteer worker at the Kona campus after the DTS?
  9. Are there any rules regarding dating relationships while you're doing a DTS?
  10. How many people attend the U of N, and how many on average are in each DTS program?
  11. Are washers and dryers available at the campus?



  1. How am I expected to communicate on a multi cultural campus?
    People on the campus appear friendly and are quick to welcome newcomers. Social greeting (What’s up? Or How’s it?) do not really require a detailed answer other than “Fine, thanks”.

    Handshakes and hugs are common, and people smile readily. Good byes may seem abrupt . Westerners appear open, direct and even confront newcomers. They readily state feelings, offer opinions and enjoy discussing opposing ideas. They may ask many questions, even ones of a controversial nature.

    Americans enjoy giving and receiving compliments for personal appearance and work well done. “Thank you” and "You’re welcome” are expected responses. First names are used in most situations. Instructors and leaders are often addressed by their first name. Most Westerners do not stand/sit close when talking and do not touch a great deal.

    People may speak English faster and louder than you are used to. American English is different from the English spoken in other countries. People have regional accents and use a lot of idioms and slang. Until you get used to the English that is spoken around you, you may find yourself understanding only portions of what is being said. Do not be discouraged. Your ability to understand will improve with time. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions to get clarification.

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  2. What is the campus dress code?
    Because of the warm weather and because the "norm" in Kona is casual dress, most staff and students at the University dress informally:
    • short-sleeve shirt / T-shirt / blouse
    • shorts (not too short)
    • sandals (aka slippers / flip-flops).

    It does get cooler in the evenings, so bring some warmer clothing! E.g. trousers /pants / jeans, a long-sleeve shirt / sweater.

    If you are unsure what clothes to bring, choose on the side of modesty. We are multi-cultural and multi-generational: what may be O.K. for one culture may not be for another! It is better to be conservative with your clothing than to offend.

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  3. What is it like to live in your campus community?
    We live as a community and seek, as much as possible, to preserve a family atmosphere. With growing numbers, this is not always easy. The key, we have discovered, is having a mutual care and concern for one another. We want to obey the word of the Lord to be our brother’s keeper and honor each other, especially from other cultures.

    Some facilities are newer than others so the quality of housing varies. Accommodations for singles vary and are shared with others. All have a bed, shared desk, small refrigerator, microwave and bathroom. All appliances take 120 voltage. All are expected to share in keeping and cleaning their space.

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  4. What moral standards should I expect?
    Our desire is that our lifestyle supports the foundational values of U of N’s missionary calling. We have high Christian values and moral standards for our students who attend our schools and trust that you will experience a combination of Godliness and naturalness which will be refreshing, as well as help you project a Christian testimony.

    We ask that you maintain the highest Christian standards of no drinking of alcohol (including wine and beer), smoking, drug abuse, or sexual immorality. It is our desire to maintain this standard both on and off the campus.

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  5. What are your meal times like?
    Meals on campus are served informally (outside), but you are expected to line up and wait your turn. The evening meal may seem early compared to your custom of eating. Generally, you serve your self buffet-style and do not return for seconds unless you are notified that you can. There is no formal beginning or ending of mealtime.

    In homes, if you offered food or drink you are free to either accept or refuse at the first offering as the offer may not be repeated. You may observe food being thrown away, a reliance on paper products and an insistence on iced drinks. Food, especially sweet, is often used as a gift.

    Many Westerners are concerned with calorie, fat and sugar intake. They are weight conscious and value exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Most American Christians refrain from alcoholic beverages and smoking.

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  6. What is my mailing address in Kona?
    Don't send mail by "ground" or "surface" to Hawaii, unless you want it to arrive up to 2 months later!

    It's better to send it AIRMAIL! Any mail sent to you while you're in Hawaii should be addressed as follows:

    (Your Name)
    (DTS Name)
    University of the Nations
    75-5851 Kuakini Hwy Box XXX
    Kailua-Kona HI 96740
    USA

    Each quarter, DTS uses a different mailbox number to distinguish between students in lecture and those on outreach. Here are the box numbers to use:

    January Quarter: 431
    April Quarter: 432
    July Quarter: 429
    October Quarter: 430

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  7. Are there any shopping areas nearby the campus?
    The University of the Nations, Kona Campus is situated on the West-coast of the “Big Island” of Hawaii.

    The campus is within walking distance of the downtown shopping area. The campus provides regular shuttle service to Wal-Mart. Other stores in Kona are Safeway, Borders, Ross, K-Mart, Macy's, Costco, Lowes and Home Depot.

    Kona has a variety of popular restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Starbucks Coffee, Jamba Juice, etc.

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  8. Is it possible to stay as a volunteer worker at the Kona campus after the DTS?
    Completion of a DTS enables you to become a full-time staff anywhere in YWAM.

    What options do you have after you complete your DTS?

    In YWAM, staff are volunteers. As such, we are responsible to cover our own expenses through financial support, savings or other means.

    If you'd like to know a little more about YWAM, I would encourage you to read "Is that really you, God" by Loren Cunningham the founder of Youth With A Mission. You can also find out more about YWAM at our website www.ywam.org.

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  9. Are there any rules regarding dating relationships while you're doing a DTS?
    DTS is a very special time to focus on God and all that He has for you. We encourage all students to really press in and receive God's highest. Part of that includes developing a healthy social life and making life-long friends with classmates and those of other cultures and nations here on campus.

    We have found that dating relationships during DTS often become a significant distraction for those involved and also affect other students. It is best to inform your school staff of your relationship and discuss the guidelines with them.

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  10. How many people attend the U of N, and how many on average are in each DTS program?
    Typically, there are between 100 and 250 DTS students each quarter. Each focus DTS could have anywhere between 20 and 80 students, sometimes more.

    Of course, there are other schools running at the University of the Nations Kona too, such as School of Biblical Studies (SBS) and Introduction to Biblical Counseling (IBC). There can be up to 450 students at the campus each quarter.

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  11. Are washers and dryers available at the campus?
    Each dorm building is equipped with washers and dryers that are for the use of that building's residents. All you have to do is sign-up for a day and time!

    A load of washing costs 50 cents, and a load of drying costs 50 cents. Laundry soap is available at any local store.

    If you prefer to hang-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer, drying-racks can be purchased at a local store.

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