What is DTS?

A Discipleship Training School (DTS), is a training program provided by Youth With A Mission (YWAM), which is one of the largest missions organizations in the world. The purpose of the YWAM DTS is to help you get to know God, and equip you to make him known. DTS is the entryway into further involvement with YWAM, qualifying you for hundreds of volunteer staff opportunities.

The first part, a lecture phase, is 13 weeks in Vancouver, learning from amazing men and women of God as they share and teach from the Bible, as well as their own experiences, and invite you to experience God in practical and personal ways.

The second part, the outreach phase, is 8-12 weeks on a cross cultural field assignment. The field assignment provides an opportunity to take the gospel to the nations, living out and practically giving away what you have learned. You get to see the transforming power of God’s love in the lives of many others around the world.

What to Expect

DTS is intense – living in community, discovering God in new ways, doing things you have never done before – even leaving the safety and comfort of home, all in order to come face to face with the needs of a desperate world.

Your worldview will be challenged as you become closer to God and dig deeper into the Bible, but you will get to experience this in the beautiful city of Vancouver. The mountains will remind you of God’s glory and the expression of many nations will keep you excited about reaching the world.

You should expect that your life will change as you experience encounters with God that will affect the rest of your life. You can expect adventures that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with God and his people. You and your housemates/classmates will start out as strangers, but after all is said and done, you will wonder how you ever lived without your DTS family. You might even spend the rest of your life trying to love people the same way you experienced during your DTS.

Ready or not, come and join us in DTS!!

Meet The Leaders

Betty Ann Cyr – DTS Leader

A francophone hailing from the Maritimes of Canada, Betty Ann is lively and passionate. She’s an incredible snowboarder, and an experienced leader, with a compassionate heart and spunky attitude. #bettyannisnice

Flavia Ziller – DTS Leader

Our Brazilian friend comes across as quiet when you first meet her, but don’t be fooled; Flavia is full of surprises. She loves the mountains, chihuahuas in sunglasses, and a good cup of coffee. Ask her about her time working at Disneyworld.

School Dates

September DTS:

– Sept 26, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018 –

April DTS:

– April 3, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 –


Lecture Phase:


Field Assignment:

up to $5000CAD

Possible Outreach Locations






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