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Maritime Gap Year

Make a splash with a Maritime Gap Year! Grow in your faith, develop your maritime skills, and reach some of the most isolated communities on earth with our training and medical ship in Papua New Guinea. 

The Maritime Gap Year includes a unique combination of discipleship, outreach, travel, real hands-on maritime experience, and training that will help launch your career in the maritime industry.

How it works

Step 1: January – June: Build your foundations

10802NAT – Certificate III in Discipleship

The first five months of your journey will begin in sunny Townsville, Australia where you will do a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the first half of the course, you will learn about different topics each week from experienced speakers.

Topics include:

  • The Nature and Character of God
  • Hearing God’s Voice
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Living a Missional Life

In addition to receiving transformational discipleship and strong biblical teaching, you will have the opportunity to go on outreach to apply what you’ve learnt in communities in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea. The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures, and nine weeks of outreach in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea.

Step 2: July – December: Maritime Missions and Learning

During the next six months of your gap year, you will have the opportunity to complete an Introduction to Maritime Operations course. The training will be delivered online and on the job. 

This course will give you the opportunity to get real hands-on experience both at our campus in Townsville, and aboard our Training and Medical Ship in Papua New Guinea during outreach to remote communities.

While serving with the team at the campus and on board the vessel, you will learn how to operate and maintain propulsion and auxiliary marine engine systems, plan and navigate a passage, operate inboard and outboard motors, survive at sea, provide first aid, prevent and fight fires, and follow workplace health and safety requirements, all while working with a diverse and passionate team from all over the globe!

Dates and Cost

Dates

2021
31 January – 17 December 2021

2022
30 January – 16 December 2022

Cost

Course fee: $9,490 AUD*

Outreach travel expenses & food and accommodation during outreach: $4,000 – $5,800 AUD 

Your fees include all of the training you will receive during the DTS and the Introduction to Maritime Operations course. Your course fee includes all your meals, accommodation, wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!), and use of our campus facilities including library, computers, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard, and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants, and shops.

Your outreach fee includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t-shirt, any extra visas, insurance, and field supplies.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, food or accommodation between courses, visa, health insurance, and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad during your DTS.

 

Accreditation

10802NAT – Discipleship Training School

On completion of all 6 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship.

DSPREL001 – Develop relationship with God

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully respond to the truth that God makes Himself known to all people and to God’s grace in initiating relationship. It requires the ability to gain life-changing understanding of who God is and how He communicates through the Bible, prayer, and worship in order to adjust beliefs and behaviours.

DSPDCC002 – Develop Christian Character 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make responsible decisions that bring joy to God and glorify Him in response to God’s holiness, lordship and love. It requires the ability to live in right relationship with God and others. It also requires the ability to recognise Jesus’ authority and respond in surrender and dependence in all areas of life. 

DSPYWM003 – Contribute to a Youth With a Mission community

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully contribute to an international, apostolic missions community of Youth With A Mission. It requires the ability to understand Youth With A Mission’s purpose, beliefs and values to make a positive contribution to the community. It also requires the ability to live in right relationship with God, authorities and others. 

DSPSPA004 – Practice spiritual authority

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to exercise the authority every believer has to make a significant contribution for spiritual breakthrough. It requires the ability to walk in spiritual authority through intercession, worship and strategic prayer. It also requires the ability to recognise the activity and influence of Satan and the authority given to every believer through Jesus Christ. 

DSPEVA005 – Contribute to evangelism

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully proclaim the truth that God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ. It requires the ability to communicate God’s truth in a way that demonstrates His character. It also requires the ability to show God’s love through acts of compassion. 

DSPPCM006 – Participate in a Christian missions outreach team

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make a meaningful contribution towards the completion of the Great Commission through serving in a Christian missions team. It requires the ability to engage in the preparation of and participation in team activities in a variety of settings. It also requires the ability to adjust to another culture and review outreach activities.

 

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.

*for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.

Austudy, Abstudy and Youth student allowance is available for Australian applicants.

 

Introduction to Maritime Operations 

Course topics include: 

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Follow Environmental Work Practices
  • Engineering Basics
  • Nautical Basics
  • Navigation and Navigational Emergencies
  • Marine Radio Operation
  • Provide First Aid
Prerequisites

Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent and have a sense of call to Christian missions. The prerequisite for enrolling in the Introduction to Maritime Operations is to successfully graduate from a Discipleship Training School.

International Students
When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency.Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is located here.

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Discipleship Training School

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. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

 

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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January 2021 Reef to Outback DTS

Calling all Aussie adventurers! The January 2021 Reef to Outback DTS is the ultimate combo of inspiring teaching, new friendships, and the opportunity to bring your faith to life. The journey starts at our campus in Townsville for 13 weeks of training before we hit the road in four-wheel drives for nine weeks of outreach to coastal and outback communities in North Queensland.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021

 

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Global Health DTS

The Global Health DTS is for those who have a passion for health and community development.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Youth Ministry DTS

The Youth Ministry DTS is suited for those who are passionate about empowering and equipping teenagers to realise their potential and live a life of purpose. 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates 
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Trekking DTS

Our Trekking DTS is for those that love hiking, are willing to rough it in the bush, and are up for a physical challenge in the least explored country on earth - Papua New Guinea.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022

 

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Trailblazer DTS

Do you dream of unexplored places, adventure, and making a difference? The Trailblazer DTS is for pioneers, explorers, and people who crave adventure.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 18 July – 17 December, 2021
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

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Reef to Outback

The Reef to Outback DTS is a classic Australian experience where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Aussie culture while growing in your faith and connecting with communities.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Performing Arts DTS

The Performing Arts elective is for those who have a passion for music, dance, and other forms of creative arts; particularly with a Pacific Islands expression.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 18 July – 17 December, 2021
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

 

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Media & Radio DTS

The Media & Radio DTS calls for those who are passionate about using photography, videography, radio broadcasting, writing, and other forms of media to share stories that inspire hope and change! 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021 
2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022 

 

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All Generations DTS

The All Generations DTS is a classic DTS experience that welcomes the young and old, and everyone in between. It is a unique way to learn from one another while serving the world around you.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

2021 Dates
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021 
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

 

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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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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 simply with an interest in healthcare missions who are needing a bit of headspace before diving into university. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is about meeting real needs, bringing hope, and seeing your life transformed in the process!

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

HLT31215 - Certificate III in Basic Health Care

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December 2021
  • 18 July 2021 - 1 July 2022

 

2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December 2022

 

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Media & Radio Gap Year

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 change. 

Our Media & Radio Gap Year program is designed to help you grow in your faith while sharpening your skills in the creative arts industry. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into action both on the field and in an office environment.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

CUA31015 - Certificate III in Screen and Media

2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December 2021

 

2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December 2022

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    Bible Gap Year

    Imagine if you could dedicate an entire year to growing in your faith, digging deep into the Bible, and learning how to share your faith confidently?

    The Bible Gap Year includes a unique combination of personal discipleship, outreach and travel, and a submersion into the Word that will empower you to apply it to your life, and to help those around you do the same.

    10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

    Discipleship Bible School

    2021 Dates
    • 31 January - 17 December 2021

     

    2022 Dates
    • 30 January - 16 December 2022

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      Maritime Gap Year

      Make a splash with a Maritime Gap Year! Grow in your faith, develop your maritime skills, and reach some of the most isolated communities on earth with our training and medical ship in Papua New Guinea. 

      The Maritime Gap Year includes a unique combination of discipleship, outreach, travel, real hands-on maritime experience, and training that will help launch your career in the maritime industry.

      10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

      Introduction to Maritime Operations

      2021 Dates
      • 31 January - 17 December 2021

       

      2022 Dates
      • 30 January - 16 December 2022

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        Volunteer

        Whether you are an experienced health professional, a university student, an enthusiastic young person, or a skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

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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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        The Ship

        The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with a dental clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory, four patrol tenders, and accommodation for 130+ volunteers. 

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        Our Footprint

        In collaboration with national, provincial, and district health authorities, we reach isolated communities throughout the Southern Region and Morobe Province.

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        Ship Locator

         

        View the current location of the MV YWAM PNG!

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        Annual Reports

        Read or download our annual reports. 


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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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        Communication

        Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to help mobilise effective communicators to share good news and influence change. Our communication pathways are tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest.

         

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        Global Health

        Our global health pathways include options for both experienced healthcare professionals, and those who are looking to be trained. Whether you are supporting logistics or in the thick of treating patients in a remote village, you can be assured that you will play a vital part in helping to build healthy lives, communities, and nations!

         

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        Hospitality

        Hospitality is a powerful gift that helps build community and shows care for the individual. Our hospitality pathways are designed to help equip you to deliver various aspects of hospitality with excellence.

         

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        Events

        Events have the power to strengthen hope and build community. Our events pathways will equip you to create unique events with excellence and a bit of pizazz!

         

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        Training

        Training is the key to multiplication! Our training pathways are about equipping others with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to serve communities.

         


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        Youth Precinct

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

         

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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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        School Programs

        Our school 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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        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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        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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        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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        Discipleship Training School

        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. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

        10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

         

        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
         2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
        • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

         

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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.

        HLT31215 - Certificate III in Basic Health Care

         

        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021 
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

         

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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 a series of guest speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

        2021 Dates
        • Lecture Phase: 31 January – 7 May, 2021

        Optional Outreach: 8 May – 2 July, 2021

        • Lecture Phase: 18 July – 22 October, 2021

        Optional Outreach: 23 October – 17 December, 2021

        2022 Dates
        • Lecture Phase: 30 January – 6 May, 2022

        Optional Outreach: 7 May– 1 July, 2022

         

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        Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing

        The Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing is a 12-week course (with an optional additional ten-week practicum) that lays essential foundations in communication, while advancing your skills, confidence, and application in a broad range of disciplines. 

        BSB42415 Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication

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        Introduction to Staff & Leadership Development

        A staff internship with a difference! This is a two year, hands on course that trains you in the core aspects of being a full-time volunteer with YWAM anywhere in the world. The skills and knowledge you will gain during the two years apply to much more than just the missions context, they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study. 

        10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

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        Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development

        The Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development  is a hands-on, two-year course that gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership from a Biblical perspective. The training includes a combination of classroom-style learning, practical application, and mentoring. 

        10174NAT Diploma of Christian Missions Leadership

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        Certificate III in Business Administration

        This course is a great introduction into the business world. Your learning will give you a broad set of skills including financial administration, document production, workplace organisation, and customer service. The course includes a combination of online study and volunteer work experience at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, allowing you to gain real ‘on the job’ experience within the context of a charitable service. 

        BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

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        Certificate III in Events

        Our mission is to train and empower event coordinators who can facilitate excellent events that inspire and promote celebration. This course will provide a pathway for you to work for event or exhibition organisers in a range of industries. These include the tourism, travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors. 

        SIT30516 Certificate III in Events

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        Certificate III in Hospitality

        At the heart of our hospitality training is the desire to impart to students how excellent hospitality can express a sense of peace, value, and belonging. A Certificate III in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in restaurants, hotels, cafés, and coffee shops. 

        SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

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        Introduction to Radio & Media

        Introduction to Radio & Media will equip you as a radio announcer, podcaster, or audio producer. As part of your training, you will be working at 99.9 Live FM where we are announcing to over 26,000 listeners in North Queensland with the message “It's Good to Be Alive.” 

        CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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        Certificate I in  Construction

        Construction is an integral part of building infrastructure and stronger communities. A Certificate I in Construction is a great introduction into the construction industry. This course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge for the use of construction tools and materials, interpreting and reading plans, taking measurements and making calculations. 

        CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction

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        Provide First Aid

        During this course you will be equipped with the skills to respond and provide first aid for accidents and injuries, provide life support, provide CPR and manage a casualty’s condition until further help or assistance is available. Your training will be a combination of theory and practical hands-on experience to equip you to assist others in need.

        HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

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        Our Training Approach

        Our vocational training is designed for those who are seeking not only a qualification, but also an opportunity to use their vocation to serve others. 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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        Volunteer

        Looking for an opportunity to serve while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture? We have a range of dynamic volunteering opportunities in both Australia and Papua New Guinea for both groups and individuals of all ages.

         

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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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        Medical Ship

        Whether you are an experienced health professional, university student, enthusiastic young person, or skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

         

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        Discipleship Training School

        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. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
         2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
        • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

         

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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!