WHERE IS THE SCHOOL?
HOW LONG IS THE SCHOOL?
DO I HAVE TO BOOK MY OWN FLIGHT?
Poetice International will book all flights on behalf of every student traveling from outside Africa. The cost of airfare is included in the total cost of $6,000.
African students will be responsible for their own flights if needed. The total cost will be reduced for such students. Please contact us HERE to inquire.
IS IT SAFE WHERE I AM GOING?
Students will stay at our mission base in Choma, Zambia. Choma is known to be a peaceful, safe town. However, it is important to remember that all international travel involves an element of risk. Poetice International is committed to doing everything to ensure the safety of our students. Our training will include safety guidelines and students are expected to adhere to these and follow the direction of the school leadership.
WHAT WILL ACCOMMODATIONS IN CHOMA BE LIKE?
Our missions base is within one mile of the town center. It has running water (sometimes hot!) and electricity (most of the time). Each room contains 4-8 bunks and a private bathroom unit.
HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?
We typically tell students to expect to have access to the internet on a weekly basis. However, it could be more or less often depending on the school schedule or internet availability. The internet is usually the most reliable and inexpensive form of communication. International students are also permitted to purchase international cell phone plans, however, it is usually much cheaper to use pay-as-you-go credit with a new SIM card if the phone allows for that.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN CHOMA?
It’s cool in Choma in June, July & August, especially at night. Be prepared for this. You will need sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters, beanies, etc. for the mornings and evenings. During the day it will be warm enough for short sleeves, but the temperature drops quickly with the sun.
WHERE WILL I GO ON OUTREACH?
Some outreach locations are within Zambia, while others are across the borders into a neighboring nation. Specific locations will be assigned to students after arrival in Choma. Weather and accommodation while on outreach may vary from what is experienced on base. Prepare for this by bringing a warm sleeping bag and warm sleeping apparel.
WHAT TYPE OF VISA IS REQUIRED IN ZAMBIA?
All of our students must purchase a Business Visa upon entry into Zambia. These may be purchased upon arrival, but the cost of this visa will be determined by your country of citizenship. Please view the following lists for more information about your situation.
https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=119 // Visas required prior to travel
https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=118 // Visa Issued on Port of Entry
WILL MY GIFTS OR SKILLS BE UTILIZED DURING THE SCHOOL?
Throughout the school, you will serve within our local missions initiatives based on Poetice’s local mission needs and your gifts and passions.
ARE IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED IN ZAMBIA?
It is your personal decision on what shots/immunizations you may need. We encourage you to discuss this with your medical doctor or a travel health center. You can find more information at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or www.worldtravelhealth.net. Any costs not covered by your medical insurance must be covered by you.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD & DRINK?
One of the most exciting elements of culture anywhere is the food! Prepare yourself to embrace this and be thankful for what is put in front of you. We will eat simple breakfasts and lunches, and often have Zambian cuisine for supper. Safe drinking water will be available for students at all times.
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN IN CHOMA?
There are 73 tribal languages spoken in Zambia. Nine are official languages. English is commonly used throughout Zambia, especially in urban areas, as well as on our mission base in Choma. All classes will be conducted in English. Not everyone in Choma is fluent in English however. The most common language spoken in Choma is Tonga, though many others such as Nyanja, Bemba, and Lozi are used as well.