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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.

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 - 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. 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
          • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
           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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          Discipleship Training School - Port Moresby Campus, Papua New Guinea

          The DTS will run from our new 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.

          2022 Dates
          • 23 January - 2 July 2022

           

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          Discipleship Training School - Reef to Outback Focus

          Calling all Aussie adventurers! The July 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
            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!

          10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

          HLT31215 - Certificate III in Basic Health Care

          2021 Dates
          • 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

          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

            10822NAT - Certificate IV in Bible Ministry

            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

              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

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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

                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

                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.

                 

                Learn More

                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

                Learn More

                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. 

                Apply Now

                Learn More

                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
                • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
                 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
                • 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 speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

                Townsville Campus
                • 30 January - 1 July 2022
                • 17 July - 16 December 2022
                Port Moresby Campus
                • 12 September - 15 December 2021
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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

                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. 

                BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

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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
                • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
                 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!