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Youth Opportunities

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.

Work experience opportunities could include:

Hospitality

We provide accommodation and food for the 100 or so volunteers that serve from our campus. Work experience could include working in our commercial kitchen, helping to prepare rooms, or working from our cafe. If you are looking for hands-on hospitality experience while working alongside volunteers from all over the world, this could be a great option for you!

Radio Production

Townsville’s community radio station, 99.9 Live FM, operates right on our campus. Doing work experience with 99.9 Live FM means that you can get an inside glimpse into all that it takes to run a radio station, including announcing, programming, planning, engaging with the community, and more!

Media

If you have an interest in videography or graphic design, doing your work experience in the YWAM media hub gives you a great opportunity to meet our team who create our videos and print materials. Work experience in our media hub could include: helping with photo shoots, filming in our studio, or helping with simple graphic design projects.

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Youth Ambassadors

Are you passionate about helping people? Do you enjoy projects? Want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Why not become a YWAM Medical Ships Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) Youth Ambassador at your school.

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.

What’s involved

Here are a few things you will be asked to do as a School Ambassador:

  • Make a commitment for the entire school year
  • Let your school know about YWAM MS and the health needs in PNG (show our four-minute video at assembly or invite us to speak with you)
  • Organise a toothbrush and soap collection drive or a fundraising event (such as a casual day, sausage sizzle, or bake sale) at your school 
  • If you have Facebook or Instagram, share our posts with your friends
  • Touch base with us at least once a school term so we can support you 
  • Optional: In High School? We have volunteering opportunities on our ship for high school students. Why not put a group together from your school?

What you will gain

As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to develop new skills to take with you for the rest of your life. You will also walk away with a greater perspective of the world and gain vision about how to make a difference in our world. To help you in your role, our team will:

  • Take you through an orientation learning about YWAM MS
  • Provide you with communication materials such as brochures, videos, and posters
  • Connect you with a YWAM MS staff member who can answer your questions, give you ideas, and mentor you for your role
  • Give you a YWAM MS t-shirt
  • Connect you with other Youth Ambassadors
  • Offer you a spot on an outreach in Papua New Guinea with a guardian

    What we are looking for

    We are seeking Youth Ambassadors who:

    • Enjoy rallying others behind a cause
    • Get excited by creative and innovative ideas
    • Are keen to learn new skills and challenge themselves
    • Are genuinely interested in areas of injustice and poverty and want to see change in the world
    • Young people up to 18 years of age who are willing to make a 12-month commitment on a volunteer basis

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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!

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
        • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

         

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        Global Health DTS

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

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
        • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

         

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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. 

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
        • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

         

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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.

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021

         

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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.

        2020 Dates
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

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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.

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
        • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

         

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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.

        2020 Dates
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

         

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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! 

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

         

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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.

         

        2020 Dates
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

         

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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!

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January - 11 December, 2020
        • 12 July 2020 - 2 July 2021
        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 17 December, 2021
        • 18 July 2021 - 1 July 2022

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        Media & Communication Gap Year

        Today, with new media technologies emerging one after another, we have more capacity to communicate than ever before! Media and communication is a powerful tool to influence change in communities. Our Media & Communication Gap Year combines our DTS and Cert IV in Marketing and Communication (BSB424215) and is designed for those who have a desire to use media and communications to affect lives, communities, and nations. You will have the opportunity to grow in your faith while sharpening your communication skills before you put them into action both abroad and in an office environment. 

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January - 11 December 2020
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 17 December 2021

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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

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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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        Registered Training

        Our certificate level training is values-based and gives young people the opportunity to practice skills while serving their local communities.

         

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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.

         


        Apply Now

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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.

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

         

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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 Certficate 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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        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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        Building Blitz

        From 19 April to 4 July 2020, we are calling on tradesmen and general volunteers to give us a hand as we build new apartments for our full-time volunteer staff at the YWAM Townsville City Campus and complete other smaller projects around our centre and at the newly acquired Youth Precinct. 

         

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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!

        2020 Dates
        • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
        • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
        • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
        • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
         2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

         

        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!