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I stepped outside of the faded weatherboard classroom, past the line of children waiting for immunisations and check-ups, and gazed over the neat rows of ferns and orchids across to the grassy airstrip nearby. The village of Bungawat sat on the edge of a grand valley, and when it was clear you could see clearly 5000 feet to the verdant valley floor below, with what appeared to be a rolling carpet of green rainforest, interspersed with small patches of brown and tan villages and gardens. Today, however, it was all white, as the thick cumulus clouds rolled up from the ocean and covered everything they touched. I could see a small patch of blue, seemingly no bigger than my hand, in the distance. Even as I gazed at it, it began to shrink away. I let out a silent prayer, praying that the little patch of blue would not disappear completely before our helicopter arrived. Patricia, the Principle of Bungawat Primary School, had earlier confided in me that the clouds always came in thick during the afternoon. She had almost seemed a little excited at the prospect of our primary health care team being stranded for another night, and was quick to tell me that the village would love to host us, feed us and let us sleep in their homes.

 

Earlier in the week my patrol team had experienced a somewhat sudden and unplanned overnight stay in Indagen Village, and had been reminded of the amazing generosity of the Papua New Guinean people – the local health care workers had shared their homes, their food and even their own blankets to keep out the frosty highlands air whilst we waited for the helicopter to return the next day after the weather had cleared. Today, however, was different. It was Friday, and our mother-ship, the MV YWAM PNG was anchored 100km away at Kanzarua on the North Eastern edge of Morobe Province. It was imperative that we be back on board that evening so that the ship could sail to a new anchorage, in order to prepare for a long queue of patients needing eye surgery on the island of Siassi. I continued praying as I stepped back into the clinic, and checked to see how the team was going. The eight people in our medical team were incredibly diverse, from an Australian nurse in her early twenties who was young, innocent, effervescent and enthusiastic; through to a 70 year old Israeli doctor, veteran of three wars and yet still striving to see what was beautiful and good in everything that was around him. Even though most of us had only known each other for one week, we shared a camaraderie and a common purpose that transcended age, nationality, gender and creed.

Bungawat had not had an aid post, a health worker or immunisation patrols for some time, and as a team we knew that the health care that we were providing met many essential needs. More importantly, our visit showed the isolated locals that they were valued and loved, both by us and by God. As I looked around the room at the team, diligently working to fit in as many patients as they could before we left, I thought back on the journey that had brought me to this point, and chuckled silently to myself. They say that hindsight is always 20/20, but sitting on a mountain in one of the most awe inspiring, beautiful and remote places on the planet and looking back I could see how so many of my previous experiences had equipped me for this role. I had only been in YWAM for three years, and spent the 18 years prior as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force. I could see how the time I had spent training and leading teams in the military had set me up to train clinic leaders and lead medical patrol teams with YWAM here in PNG. I could also see so many other traits and characteristics that had grown in me through the years and had made me the man that I was, things like resilience, mental toughness, endurance, determination, honesty and a sense of humour.

 

Even though I had not followed God closely through most of my military career, I could look back now and see Gods providence, and his gentle hand guiding me, shaping me, building me and preparing me for what was to come. “Should we start to pack up the first group?” My reverie was interrupted by one of the team. “Do you think the chopper will make it?” she asked. “Lets start getting ready,” I responded. Suddenly feeling a deep peace in my soul. “Can you organise the first four – the midwife, media, one of the doctors and yourself, and get your equipment out to the airstrip? I will pack up all of our reading glasses and then round up some kids to help you carry everything. The last message I received was that the helicopter was on its way, and it should be here in another 15 minutes. I have a feeling that everything is going to work out just fine.”

Ben Kurylowicz

After spending over 15 years in the military, Ben joined YWAM Townsville in 2016. A fun fact about Ben is that he starred in a lawn-care ad campaign as “Bradley the Lawntamer”. Bradley the Lawntamer (complete with fake chest hair) was featured on TV, the side of buses, and in magazines. These days, when he’s not leading teams onboard the medical ship, Ben enjoys tending to his 10 chickens, and his wife, Jennifer.

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Discipleship Training School - Townsville Campus

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

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  • 28 January - 28 June, 2024
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
  • 13 October, 2024 - 14 March, 2025
  • 26 January - 27 June, 2025
  • 13 July - 12 December, 2025
  • 19 October, 2025 - 20 March 2026

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Discipleship Training School - Port Moresby Campus, Papua New Guinea

The DTS will run from our satellite campus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The DTS will include a unique combination of discipleship, hands-on missions experience during both lectures and outreach, and the opportunity to make history as we establish a new campus in Port Moresby for generations to come.

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  • 28 January - 28 June, 2024
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
  • 26 January - 27 June, 2025
  • 13 July - 12 December, 2025

 

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Introduction to Global Health & Development

Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

Townsville Campus

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Port Moresby Campus
  • 14 July - 13 December, 2024
  • 13 July - 12 December, 2025
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HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

 

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Global Health & Development Gap Year

Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those who are starting out on their journey of healthcare in missions.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

Dates

28 January - 13 December 2024

26 January - 12 December 2025

 

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Discipleship Bible School

During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and your speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

You will also be taught on topics. For example – you will look at Worldview and Origins as you study through Genesis, Exodus, and Job. Or you might look at Leadership and Worship as you study the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Chronicles, and the Psalms. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!

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28 January - 28 June 2024

26 January - 27 June 2025

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Introduction to Radio & Media

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to train and equip effective communicators to share good news and influence positive community growth.

CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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All Courses

Our wide range of registered training courses are designed to help equip you for your field of passion.

We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.

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Join YWAM Staff

Our volunteer staff team is a diverse mix of different nationalities, ages, skills, giftings, and backgrounds. Their dedication and passion makes what we do possible and we are always looking to expand our team!

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Pathways with YWAM

We have a range of pathways within our training and ministry that allows you to specialise in your area and grow your skillsets. From Hospitality to Global Health you can upskill yourself while impacting those around you

 


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Resources
Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

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For Parents
Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 
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YWAM Precinct

Our recently developed YWAM Precinct located in Townsville’s CBD is the perfect hub for youth to find belonging and empowerment. A high, medium and low ropes course, brand new cafe, and multi-purpose warehouse space for seminars and other activities allows youth the opportunity to flourish through adventure based learning.

 

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Youth Ambassadors

As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to lead your peers and the wider community in helping to support the work of YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.

 

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Work Experience

We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

 

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Schools & Youth Leaders

We know that really quality, committed youth workers, teachers and families are some of the best things young people can have in their formative years. Our hope is to make your job a little bit easier by offering adventure based learning, mentoring resources, leadership and training pathways, and service based learning opportunities for youth. 

 

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Transitional Accommodation

YWAM operates a home in Townsville for at-risk youth. YWAM receives tenant referrals from local collaborating youth support organizations.

 

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Vision & Approach

We have the hope to create a safe environment for the youth of Townsville to be, believing everyone has the right to hope for an abundant and healthy life physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. YWAM works in partnership and by invitation through Australia and Papua New Guinea.

 

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School Seminars

Our school seminar programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

 

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Youth Adventures

Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

 

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Impact Summer

Make an Impact during your Summer as you engage in epic adventure, learning and serving. 

Gain valuable skills through hands-on learning experiences at The Stable and the new YWAM Precinct, complete with hiropes and rock climbing wall.

 

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VET in Schools

Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

 


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Adventure Based Learning
Adventure based learning programs are complete with a high, medium, and low ropes course, cafe, and multi-purpose youth space to run programs with a ‘learn by doing’ and ‘challenge by choice’ philosophy.
 

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Precinct Cafe

Help build healthy lives and communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea while dining at the YWAM Precinct Cafe

YWAM Precinct Cafe is a not-for-profit cafe located at 312 Walker Street in Townsville’s CBD.

 


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Dental Trailer

YWAM Medical Ships is now operating a Dental Trailer in collaboration with key stakeholders in Port Moresby with the purpose of providing dental services, training opportunities, and health education to schools in the National Capital District.

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Small Boat Patrol Outreaches

YWAM Medical Ships is collaborating with key stakeholders in the nation by utilising small boats to bring health and training services right to the doorstep of those who need it most. These patrols have a specific focus on empowering the youth of communities to live healthy lives to contribute to a healthy nation.

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Ship Outreaches

YWAM Medical Ships - Australia & PNG has been operating medical and training vessels in PNG since 2010.

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Our Footprint

Delivering basic services in Papua New Guinea (PNG) poses enormous challenges with 84 percent of the population living in remote, rural areas.

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Annual Reports

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Advocate

Join the YWAM Medical Ships team by becoming a Community Ambassador or Youth Ambassador in your local community.

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Mission Build
Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!
 
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Youth Adventures
Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!