Frequently Asked Questions
〉 How did EMI EA begin?
At an EMI conference in 2001, God spoke to Shanthi Gamble about opening an EMI office in Africa. This seemed strange to her because she was a teacher, not an architect or engineer. It also seemed strange because up to that point, her engineering husband Chad had never been on an EMI trip. So Chad decided to join an EMI project trip to Uganda, and on that trip it was suggested to him that EMI should open an office in that part of the world. Chad and Shanthi jumped on board! After two years of EMI project trips and training at EMI in Colorado, they moved their family, including a 3- and a 4-year-old, to Uganda in July 2003 to open the EMI EA office. At that time they were joined by an architect couple, John and Paula Sauder, and a structural engineer couple, Keith and Marianne Gum and their teenage son John.
〉 Why should I consider coming to Uganda with EMI EA?
Volunteering with EMI EA gives you the opportunity to use your engineering and architectural skills to serve God and the poor, while at the same time gaining valuable experience and expanding your cultural horizons. Over 100 interns have served in our office, and all give testimony to God working powerfully in and through them during their internships.
〉 Will I be paid?
No. This is a missionary position and so we follow the example of great Biblical missionaries such as Jesus and Paul and others who received their monetary support from others. This is a great way to get even more people involved in missions. Don't worry - it's not as intimidating as it sounds.
〉 What is Kampala like & where would I be living?
Kampala is like any major city. There are malls, shopping spots, a cinema, restaurants, bowling alley, crime, hospitals, newspapers, hotels, and many other things. One of the best things is the view of the 2nd largest lake in the world: Lake Victoria. You can see the lake from around the office. Not far from Kampala is the source of the Nile River, the longest in the world. There are also multiple game reserves to chose from for a safari experience.
You will be living in an apartment with other interns of your gender. Apartment locations vary from one semester to another, but one is a three bedroom, two bath apartment on the same compound as the office. The temperature is an average of 65 to 85 year round. The temperature inside is the same as outside. There are two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy seasons are during the Fall and Spring.
〉 What is working in the office like?
We start each day praying at 8:30 sharp. We break for a communal local style lunch at 1 pm. And the work day ends at 5. The interns' primary job is to produce the final report for the project(s) they participate in. A majority of office work is architecture/engineering related, so interns spend most of their time designing and working in AutoCAD. Technical guidance will come from the staff and volunteers that go on your project trip. The project leader for your trip will be your primary technical guide for work in the developing world. Office dress code is business casual.
In addition, there is a Bible study and a mentor for each intern. And you are strongly encouraged to volunteer in a local ministry. The options are limitless, but have included in the past an orphanage, sports ministry, Bible club at a local high school, worship team at a local church, or watching the children of staff members so they can go on a date.
〉 How do I apply?