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Communication Pathways

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

We have opportunities to serve aboard the YWAM Training and Medical Ship in Papua New Guinea, at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, and with 99.9 Live FM, the community radio station which broadcasts from our Townsville campus. 

The pathways have been tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest; whether you have worked in the sector for years or have a desire to be trained.

Specialise

Narrow down your focus by specialising in an area of communication you love. Roles could include:

Creative Media

Videographer

Photographer

Graphic Designer

Web Designer

PR & Marketing

Public Relations

Digital Marketing

Social Media

Writer 

Radio Production

Radio Announcer

Content Producer

Community Liaison

Marketing 

Choose your pathway

View our short-term, part-time, and long-term options below.

Short Term Options

2-12 weeks, full-time

Volunteer aboard the YWAM Medical Ship in Papua New Guinea
Positions

Photographer, Videographer, Writer

Location

Papua New Guinea

Dates

Outreaches are available to apply for 10 months of the year (starting at two weeks)

Prerequisites

Experience in the role selected

Extend your pathway

→ Add this to your annual calendar
→ Media & Radio Discipleship Training School (DTS)
→ Media & Radio Gap Year

 
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Volunteer in our media hub or radio station in Townsville

We call this Mission Building!

Positions

Videographer, writer, graphic designer, web designer, marketing, public relations, radio production, administration.

Location

YWAM Townsville City Campus (either with 99.9 Live FM on campus or media hub)

Dates

Outreaches are available to apply for 10 months of the year (starting at two weeks)

Prerequisites

Experience in the role selected

Extend your pathway

→ Add this to your annual calendar
→ Media & Radio Discipleship Training School (DTS)
→ Media & Radio Gap Year

 
Learn More
 

Part-time Options

Selected days on a weekly basis

Volunteer in the media hub or radio station
Positions

Videographer, writer, graphic designer, web designer, marketing, public relations, radio production, administration.  

Location

YWAM Townsville City Campus (either with 99.9 Live FM on campus or media hub)

Dates

Choose selected day(s) of the week that suit your schedule

Prerequisites

Experience in the role selected

Extend your pathway

→ Media & Radio Discipleship Training School (DTS)
→ Media & Radio Gap Year

Interested? Let’s chat!

 
Schedule a call
 

Long Term Options

6 months – 2+ years

Media & Radio Discipleship Training School (DTS)
Dates

5.5 months, intakes start in January and July

Location

Training: Townsville
Outreach: Papua New Guinea or Australia

Prerequisites

Suitable for both those with communications experience and those without.

Special Features
  • Transformational discipleship 
  • Strong biblical teaching 
  • Media/radio-focused placement during the lecture phase of the course (2 hours per day) 
  • Outreaches in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea
Training Included

10802NAT – Certificate III in Discipleship

Extend your pathway

→ Media & Radio Gap Year
→ Join us as a full-time volunteer staff member

 
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Media & Radio Gap Year
How it works

January – June: Media & Radio Discipleship Training School (DTS)

July – December: Certificate III in Screen and Media

Dates

12 months, intake starts in January

Training Included

10802NAT – Certificate III in Discipleship
CUA31015 – Certificate III in Screen and Media

Extend your pathway

Join us as a full-time volunteer staff member

 
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Join YWAM as a full-time volunteer staff member
How it works

Choose from Creative Media, PR and Marketing or Radio Production and get your teeth stuck into your chosen specialty in the missions context. In addition to working with our media team, you will have the opportunity to grow in skills for Christian mission.

Dates

Starting at two years (intakes: January, April, July, October)

Location

Townsville with possible placements in Papua New Guinea

Roles

Roles could include: 

Creative Media 

– Videographer / Photographer
– Graphic Designer
– Web Design 

PR & Marketing 

– Public Relations Officer
– Digital Marketing Manager
– Social Media Manager
– Writer 

Radio Production 

– Radio Announcer
– Content Producer
– Community Liaison
– Marketing Manager

Training Included

10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

Optional Training

BSB42415 Certificate IV in Marketing & Communications
CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen & Media

Prerequisites

Completed 10802NAT Certificate III in Discipleship (or DTS equivalent)

Extend your pathway

Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development (10174NAT – Diploma of Christian Missions Leadership)

 
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        Maritime Gap Year

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        2021 Dates
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        2022 Dates
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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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          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

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          Join YWAM Staff

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          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

          We recently acquired a facility in Townsville's CBD for the purpose of establishing a vibrant youth precinct. The property includes a 32 bedroom residential facility, a large warehouse, and a substantial outdoor space, all just half a block from the YWAM Townsville City Campus.

           

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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 Seminar Program

          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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          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

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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

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          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*

          *The course is only accredited for students undergoing the course in Townsville, Australia.

           

          2021 Dates
          • Port Moresby Campus:  7 March - 14 August, 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
          • 18 July – 17 December 2021 

          2022 Dates
          • 30 January – 1 July 2022
          • 17 July – 16 December 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. 

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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.

          HLTAID011 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!

           

          Apply Now

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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

           

          Apply Now

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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!