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Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer some of the most common questions you may have about joining YWAM Global Gateway.


Training Programs

Housing for Staff & Students?

We own a beautiful 2 story house with 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 living rooms, laundry room, dining room and a kitchen, it's a cozy place for all to hang out. With a 5 minute walk to church, and our community center (gym & sports fields) and a 15-20 minute walk to our shopping center and YWAM Global Gateways Outreach Center.

Students as well as staff will be sharing rooms (2-4 per room) as this is part of the adventure of community living.

*Depending upon student numbers, we would look at renting a secondary place.*

Is outreach required?

One can just do the Lecture phase and will receive the Lecture Phase certificate but in order to receive the full completion certificate and to staff at a YWAM base, one must complete the Outreach Phase as well. Outreach is a great time and we highly recommend completing the whole course as each part flows into the other (we take what we learn in the lecture phase and apply it in our Outreach).

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit as such, DTS students just need to be old enough to have completed secondary school or high school. There are certain DTS’s that are designed for certain age groups if you would prefer.


What immunizations are required?

We encourage all staff and students to come with the appropriate updates on immunizations. These updates are different for each immunization. If you are unsure of your last immunization, check with your doctor. Please, for your own safety, ensure that you are up to date with these before coming to the lecture phase of your school so that you will be prepared in advance for your field assignment. These are the following: 

  • DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)

  • Polio

  • RRM (Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps)


For overseas field assignments we recommend that all staff and students receive further vaccines, these are the following:

  • Cholera

  • Typhoid

  • Hepatitis A and B


We encourage you to have these immunizations before joining us as vaccines are expensive and foreign students/staff pay more once they are in Canada. Students and staff may also choose to take medicine to help prevent malaria and to use mosquito nets during the field assignment – this depends on the location of your field assignment. If you would prefer, you can bring malaria medication with you from home or you can purchase this here.

Traning Programs

Application Process, Visas

Things to know about the application process.

How can I apply for a DTS or a second level school?

You can apply online here or email us at and we can send you a paper application form.  After you fill out the form you can scan and email it to us or send it by mail.

A complete application includes:

  • Complete application form

  • Health forms

    • Confidential Health Form filled out by your doctor

    • PAR-Q (for exercise participation)

  • Three Confidential References (these should be sent directly to us; you should not read them)

    • Pastor

    • Employer/Teacher/YWAM Leader

    • Friend

  • Application Fee (Single CAN$50; Couple CAN$75)

  • Criminal Record Check

  • Copy of your Passport photo page


Do I need a visa? How do I apply for a visa? What type of visa do I need?

If you are not from Canada, you will need to have an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) which costs $7 CAN and can be done online. Most students attend our training programs on a Visitor Visa Status, but this may be different depending on which country your passport is issued by. Please contact us for details about this. More information regarding your visa will be communicated upon your acceptance to the school. Please do not apply for a visa until you have received your acceptance letter and instructions to do so.


When should I book my airline ticket?

Please wait until you have received an acceptance letter before booking your airline ticket. The closest airports are in Penticton and Kelowna.

*Please note that airport pickup and drop off fees are not included in your school fees so will need to be paid separately.

*Kelowna pick-up & drop-off fee is $75 each Penticton pick-up & drop-off fee is Free.


Do I need to apply for health insurance?

Yes, all students and staff will be required to have health insurance while staying with us. You should purchase health insurance for the whole time you will be away from your home country, this also includes the outreach time. If you are planning to stay on as staff, or do back-to-back schools please contact us for details about Health Insurance in British Columbia.


Fees and Payments

What you need to know about fees and payments

What currency will I need to use to pay fees?

Payment must be in Canadian funds, CDN$.


How do I pay the application/registration fee?

Payment must be in Canadian funds. The following are your options for payment:

1. Canadian money order (in Canadian dollars) sent by registered mail.

2. Draft from your financial institution sent by registered mail.

3. If you have a Canadian bank account we will accept personal cheques.

4. Email transfers.

5. PayPal system (for credit card payments)

**Please note**

There is an additional fee of 2.9% (or 4.4% for international transactions) of your payment for PayPal transactions (both payments and refunds).  This fee is not applicable to fees CDN$75 and under (i.e.Application Fees)


How much does the school cost?

DTS Fees

Lecture Phase (includes food, accommodation, and class fees) - CDN $3500

Outreach Phase - CDN $5000 this includes Airfare and Ground Fees (includes food, accommodation, and transportation for ministry activities)

**Please note these fees do not include**

personal care items, pickup to and from the airport, snacks, immunizations and medications, medical insurance, passport and visas, travel insurance, outreach clothing/supplies, phone calls outside of Oliver, school supplies (notebooks/journals/pens/etc), bedding, and weekend outings.

How and when do I pay my school fees?

Payment must be in Canadian funds. The following are your options for payment:

1. Canadian money order (in Canadian dollars) sent by registered mail.

2. Draft from your financial institution sent by registered mail.

3. If you have a Canadian bank account we will accept personal cheques.

4. Email transfers.

5. Cash (in person only)

6. PayPal system (for credit card payments)

The Application Fee must be paid before your application can be processed 


DTS Fees

Total Lecture  fees - CDN $3500.00

Total Outreach fees - CDN $5000 airfare and groud fees

Lecture Fees Due upon receipt of Acceptance letter - CDN $1000.00

Lecture Fees Due upon arrival in  Canada - CDN $2500.00

Outreach Fees $2500 CDN is due November 7th, 2022. 

        The remainder of outreach fees ($2500 CDN) is due January 1st, 2023. 

        Total Outreach fees CDN $5000.


Life at YWAM Global Gateway

Housing, what to bring, and information about Global Gateway.

What do I need to know about using electronics in Canada?

Canadian electricity is 110V and you will need a North American or multi-adaptor to plug in your electronics.


Are housing and meals provided?

Yes. Living together in community is a great way to get to know people from diverse backgrounds and it is a lot of fun! Families and married couples have a room of their own. Single students and staff can expect to share a room with others in a dormitory-type setting: 2-4 people per room.

We value community by eating together delicious sit-down meals (lunch and dinner) prepared by our kitchen ministry as a large family on base. Breakfast is provided for students at the YWAM base.


Will I have access to the internet?

The base offers access internet to all students, but we encourage students to use the internet wisely and respect others who share the internet connection. If you want to access the internet during your time on the base you will have to bring your own laptop or other device to connect with. 


What is Oliver like? What is the weather like?

The town of Oliver is located in south-central British Columbia just 25km north of the US border. At the south end of the Okanagan Valley it sits in the only desert area of Canada.


The community has a population of over 4,000 people and is labeled the Wine Capital of Canada by Tourism British Columbia. Local industries include wine and fruit production, agri-tourism, ranching, golfing, recreation, retail and service trades.


The area experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are long and hot with average daily highs in July of 29°C/85°F. Humidity is very low. Winters are short and relatively mild with average January highs of -5°C/24°F with little snow. Precipitation averages just 319mm/12.6in annually. There are many activities you can do during the year. In the winter you can ski at  local mountains, Apex and Mount Baldy, or go ice-skating at the indoor rink. In the warmer months the Okanagan Valley has much to offer. You can swim or fish in local lakes and rivers, take a ride on the 18.4km bike trail, or go hiking in the nearby mountains and hills. 

For more information about Oliver, visit the website:


What should I bring with me?

CLOTHING: Apart from casual wear, bring one set of formal clothes for meetings, church and formal events. Many outreach locations do require a modest skirt/dress pants. Unless you want your casual clothes turned into work clothes we strongly suggest you bring these. There is a wide variety of duties and some are quite messy. For recreation and exercise we suggest you bring shorts, T-shirts,  and runners. Bathing suits need to be modest i.e. full swim suits for girls (no bikinis), swim shorts for guys. For shoes; please bring casual, runners and dress shoes. During outreach you may need to purchase cultural clothing appropriate for your outreach location (E.g. women must wear local clothing in Southern India).


During winter it can get cold (Oct. – Feb.), so bring jeans, sweaters and a jacket. Remember outreaches may be in another climate so come prepared for different types of weather.


Please note: We have an international student body and as such need to consider a larger audience of cultures in our dress (what is OK in your culture might cause offence to someone from another).


BEDDING: You will have a bed during lecture phase, but DTS students will need to bring their own bedding (sleeping bags are best). EFM students are provided with bedding for their schools, but DTS students may need sleeping bags for outreach activities. Please bring this with you unless you prefer to buy it when you get to Oliver. There will be times on outreach where you may not have a bed and will be sleeping on the ground; you may therefore want to bring a sleeping bag and suitable air mattress/mat/Therma-rest with you, though these can also be readily purchased in stores near Oliver.


PERSONAL ITEMS: With regard to personal items, please bring whatever articles of clothing, etc. that you need, limiting it to one large hiking backpack or suitcase. Upon acceptance to a school you will receive a packing list with recommended things to bring. You will have some space under your bed, 2‑3 shelves in a cupboard and a small amount of wardrobe space. Our storage is limited, meaning you will need to be able to carry most things with you during the outreach phase. There is a small amount of storage space provided on base for your things while you are on outreach.


CARS/PERSONAL VEHICLES: If you are planning on bringing a car please let us know. Where ever you chose to park your car, you do so at your own risk. Accommodation is located at our base house and you can easily walk or cycle to where classes will be held. We are located in the heart of the town of Oliver.


Can I bring my family? What are the costs?

Yes, we welcome families! We believe that families, and not just individuals, have a calling in missions to serve together as a family. Please let us know if you are planning on bringing your family. Please also note that school aged children will need to be enrolled in schooling. If you are here for less than one year we recommend enrolling your child in homeschooling from your home country. If you will be with us for more than one year please contact us for more information about schooling options. Please note we do not offer children’s education at this location, but non-educational childcare may be provided if both parents are enrolled in a school. If you require childcare, please enquire about this. More information regarding costs, accommodation, and education for children can be provided by emailing


How far will I be from the beach?

The Okanagan Valley is famous for our beautiful lakes and there are many located within driving distance from the base.

  • Tuc el Nuit Lake is a small lake located 500 metres, walking distance from the base house.

  • Skaha Lake is a mid-sized lake located between Okanagan Falls and Penticton (about a 15-30min drive away).

  • Osoyoos Lake is another mid-sized lake located in the town of Osoyoos (about a 30min drive away).

  • The largest lake in the area, Okanagan Lake, can be accessed by many beaches throughout the Okanagan Valley ranging from a 30min drive away in the nearby city of Penticton to a 2 1/2 hour drive in the city of Vernon.

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