Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What airport should I fly into?

A: Your final destination should be Auckland International Airport. 2 days before the DTS starts, our staff will be at the airport to pick you up and take you to YWAM Te Ao Marama in Auckland where you will stay until everyone has arrived. You are welcome to arrive at this location earlier, however, please advise us of this so we can arrange for your transport and accommodation with YWAM Auckland in advance. Once all students are present you will then be driven 2 hours further North to YWAM Zion.

Q: How much does the DTS cost?

A: Lecture phase $4,500 NZD – Activity fee (stream) $1,100 NZD –  Outreach (estimated) $5,000 NZD. Outreach cost varies dependent of location. That is a total of $10,600 NZD and excludes your initial travel costs to and from New Zealand, as well as any costs for vaccinations required to gain entrance to outreach locations. For more information on fees or financial inquiries, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

Q: How do I exchange foreign currency in New Zealand?

A: New Zealand has money exchange stores and ATMs that will charge you a small fee per transaction. Depending on the bank you are with will determine how best to access your funds. We recommend discussing with your bank in advance and notifying them of your travel plans.

Q: How can I apply to staff or volunteer short-term?

A: Check out our staff info page and apply here.

Q: What are the upcoming school start dates?

  • Outdoor Pursuits & Surfers: 11th February 2024 – 6th July 2024
  • Music & Worship: September 2024 – February 2025

Q: When are the stream activities?

A: The lecture phase is simultaneous to all the streams. Throughout the weekdays, all the streams will attend the daily schedule and do separate stream activities on the allocated weekends and occasional afternoons.

Q: What is the accommodation situation on campus?

A: Our campus has been likened to a small village! We have many buildings that consist of staff houses, student dorms*, speaker cottages, and guest rooms. Other buildings on campus are our training building with a lecture room and large lecture hall, dining hall, large prayer house, small prayer shack, workout shed, and student shower block.

*Students are in shared rooms with a maximum of 4 other students.

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