DTS – FAQ
1.Is DTS offered in any other languages besides English?
- At the moment we do not offer any bi-lingual DTS’s.
2. Is there an age limit?
- Minimum age limit is 18 in the year of the school you are applying for. There is no upper limit as long as the applicant is healthy & strong in body, mind & spirit to handle the rigours of the school demands.
2. APPLICATION PROCESS
1. How do I apply for a DTS?
- You can register at ywam.org.sg/apply . Upon receiving your application and registration fees, interviews will be conducted and your application will be prayer over before acceptance. Interviews for foreigners will be conducted via Skype.
IMPORTANT : Do not book airplane tickets until you have received your acceptance letter.
2. How much is the tuition & outreach fees?
- Please see our DTS web page www.ywam.org.sg/dts and the specific school that you are applying for. (The fees are inclusive of tuition, accommodation and full outreach fees. Meals during the lecture phase are not provided)
3. How and when do I pay my school fees?
- Students should pay half the school fees by the first week of Lecture Phase. The DTS School Leader will advise on what is the most convenient payment method based on your situation. The remaining half of the fees is to be fully paid by the 6th week of the school. For students with difficulty, approach your school leader for help in resolving the matter.
4. Are there any other costs?
- Yes, for your student visa, our registrar will guide you through this process and ake sure you have all the details you need. As well as your ticket or transport here, you will need some money for your personal costs – daily meals, toiletries, snacks, postage, sim cards etc. We recommend including a pocket money amount in the total amount you are fundraising for. More details will be provided for applicants.
- Your school fee covers everything needed for your outreach including airfares, food, ministry expenses etc. It does not cover your visas into the outreach nations as each nationality has different requirements for different countries – so we do not impose a general amount for everybody, any travel immunisations that you may need to update, or personal equipment you may need to purchase prior to leaving – for example, sleeping bag, torch, backpack.
3. SCHOOL DETAILS
1.What does the schedule look like on a DTS?
- Each day you will have activities such as lectures, work duties, (general duties around the base) and evening activities. Each week will also include small groups, outreach prep, one-on-one mentoring and local outreach. There are also weekly corporate events you will participate in such as base worship, intercession (prayer) and corporate word. Your weekends may occasionally have school activities, but most will be free for you to explore the city and have some study and rest time.
- a) Work Duties : We all share the responsibility of keeping our community running well. Community responsibilities include cleaning bathrooms, cleaning classrooms and corridors, helping with building maintenance, helping with base hospitality, or other projects.
- b) Devotional Time : Disciplining ourselves to spend time with God each day is significant to growing in our relationships with Him. This time is specifically set apart each day for that purpose.
- c) Small Group : Much like it sounds, this is a time for you to break into smaller groups with other students and staff to develop deeper relationships and to digest the information from class.
- d) Worship : Led by staff and students, worship is a time to focus on God, to praise and thank Him for who He is. Worship is our response to God and is just as unique and creative as each of us.
- e) Intercession : Prayer for others – nations, people, events. During the first week of lecture, you’ll receive training on what intercession is and how to effectively intercede for others.
- f) Homework : Keep in mind that, as a prerequisite for further study within University of the Nations, the DTS is a university course. Homework may include the following : journal entries, book reports and bible study.
- g) Freetime : We know that all work and no play makes it hard to learn and stay motivated. So there are definitely free hours during the day for you to hang out, to get alone with God, to do whatever it is you do.
- h) Local Outreach : From children programs to homeless ministry, to talking to the ladies on the street in the red light district , you’ll find plenty of opportunities each week to put your new knowledge into practice.
2. Who are the teachers?
- Those who teach are usually other YWAM leaders nationally or internationally, local YWAM staff and other reputable speakers who are involved in the church and/or missions locally or internationally.
3. What topics will be covered during the lecture phase?
- There are core topics that are covered in any DTS, whilst there might be 2-3 topics each school that might vary depending on a special focus of the school or it’s outreach locations.
- During the 3-month lecture phase, you will delve into topics including:
• God's Nature and Character
• God's Intention for Individuals, peoples and Creation
• God's Redemption: Sin & The Cross
• God’s Family: His Children & His Church
• God’s World: His Call & His Commission
• YWAM: A response to God
4. What is DTS Outreach?
- Once the lecture phase of DTS has wrapped up, you’ll take the truth you’ve learned and put it into practice in a ministry setting in an overseas destination!
- You’ll share the message of Christ through conversations, the performing arts, acts of mercy & service, and friendships with people who don’t know Him. Each nation and outreach setting is different so ministry activities can vary greatly. Our goal is to take the name of Jesus to places where the Gospel is not readily available and share the message of hope in a compelling way.
5. Where will I go for my outreach and how is that decided?
- Your school leaders will pray over options for outreach locations and these will be communicated to you early in the school. At the beginning of the DTS, your school staff will pray and seek God about who should be on which teams. Some teams will serve in multiple locations on outreach and others may focus on one location for the whole 2-3 months.
6. Is outreach required?
- Yes, successful completion of the outreach phase of your school is REQUIRED for all DTS’s and most second-level schools.
7. Are the outreach locations safe?
- Of course, we can’t guarantee anyone’s safety, anywhere in the world. But we do take seriously our responsibility for students on our outreach teams, and we don’t take unnecessary risks. We stay in close communication with our contacts in each outreach location so that they can let us know of any situation we need to be aware of.
8. What opportunities are available after the DTS?
- There are many opportunities within YWAM after successful completion of the DTS. The University of the Nations offers courses and degree programs for those who want to be trained and equipped in their calling. Check out uofn.edu for programs available. At YWAM Singapore we run the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), School of Frontier Missions (SoFM), Member Care Seminar, Asian Internship Program (AIP) and the Community Development School (CDS).
- There are also many ministry opportunities available around the world within YWAM, from Nigeria to Mongolia to New York, from ministry to the street kids, to snowboarders. You can check out the rest of our website to see what we’re involved in as YWAM Singapore.