Frequently asked questions
A DTS is a 24-week course designed to enable you to go deeper in your relationship with God and grow in your understanding of his purpose for your life. With the focus of knowing God more and making Him known, the course is split into two separate phases – lectures and outreach.
The 3-month lecture phase is full of great teaching on topics like hearing God, identity and missions. You will also experience community living, times of worship, practical training and one on one discipleship.
Then comes 2 months of outreach, where the school breaks into smaller teams to travel and serve God in various locations. You will experience a variety of different ministries and have the chance to discover your gifts and strengths as you care for people and share the good news of Jesus.
DTS is for anyone who wants to grow in their relationship with God and pursue His plans for the future.
You don’t have to be perfect… People come to DTS for all kinds of reasons… Some have questions that they need to wrestle with in a safe place. For others God seems distant, and they have a suspicion that there is more to God than they are currently experiencing. Some come because they’re not sure what to do with their lives and need the opportunity to take stock and press into God for His plans. Still others come because they want to travel during a gap year and explore missions opportunities.
Whatever the reason, we pray over every application we receive. We’re not looking for “perfect” people, but for those who are hungry for more of God.
The DTS lecture phase costs AUD $4,200 which includes tuition, accommodation and food during the lecture phase. The cost of the outreach phase is normally between AUD $3,500 to AUD $5,500 depending on the outreach location and cost of flights. Outreach locations are not decided until early in the lecture phase, so actual costs will not be known until then.
All fees are in Australian dollars (AUD).
The YWAM Tasmania campus is located just outside Sorell, 30-minutes from Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. Our property is full of Australian wildlife, including wallabies and kangaroos and enjoys some amazing views of the surrounding countryside all the way to the ocean.
Hobart Airport is only a 15-minute drive from the campus. We organize airport pickups for our arriving students and will collect this information as part of the enrolment process.
Our local town, Sorell, is a 5-minute drive from the campus and has a post office, two supermarkets, bakeries, fast food and restaurants, and a bus stop connecting you to Hobart and other shopping centres.
Part of the DTS program is attending church each Sunday. YWAM is interdenominational, and with various churches nearby, you will have the opportunity to find a church that suits you.
You will have the opportunity to explore Tasmania while you are here. There will be some free time at weekends to go bushwalking, to wildlife parks, the beach, and into the city. There will also be a camping trip during the DTS.
Within 1-2 hours drive from our campus are many great locations to explore the Tasmanian wilderness, coastline and beaches. Here’s a few examples: Freycinet National Park, Mt Field National Park, Tasman Peninsula.
Yes, but not a lot. The DTS is a full-time live-in course. Every weekday will normally see a fully scheduled day from morning until evening with some other activities on some nights. Weekends are often more free however, there will be some outreaches and trips to explore the state that will fall on weekends.
If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you will need a student visa to attend the DTS. We will guide you through this process once you are enrolled in the course.
The DTS opens up a world of opportunities with YWAM, including internships, second-level training schools and staffing. You will find out more about these opportunities whilst you’re here.