Meeting God on the Peaks and in the Valleys
We believe that the outdoors have been made for doing exactly this and you can see how God used His creation for all this. God gave the ten commandments on Mount Sinai in the Old Testament. Jesus challenged his disciples during a storm on a lake and often took them on mountains in the New Testament.
Nature, adventure and outdoor challenges are an amazing tool that we use to disciple people who are excited about God.
DTS is amazing!
You will find out new truths about God, yourself, other people & cultures.
During the lecture phase, roughly the first four months of the school, you will be based in the beautiful city Freiburg, which is close to the Black Forest, Switzerland and France. Here you will face challenges that might change your whole character, your lookout on life and completely turn around your future plans. DTS has been designed to take you away from traditions and head knowledge, to focus on real heart change. You want to get real with yourself, others and God? You’ve come to the right place!
All this happens in close fellowship with the other students, as well as a small staff team while being taught by outstanding teachers. During this time, you can expect to spend around four to six weeks being taught on the trail and in mountain huts in Switzerland, France and the Black Forest. You will also get to spend around four weeks traveling to other countries, with possibilities ranging from Bulgaria, the United Kingdom to Israel.
While the lecture phase focuses on getting to know God, the outreach phase is all about making HIM known. This time is to apply all the things that you have learned during the first four months.
You will do things you might never have imagined yourself doing – be it preaching to a church or on the street, carrying Bibles to a remote mountain village, digging the foundations of a church or teaching young believers.
The Mountain DTS we will go to places where few others go, bringing the Gospel to the unreached, working on ending Bible poverty as well as sharing our faith naturally with other like-minded adventure and outdoor enthusiasts.
Do you like the simplicity of living of what you carry in a backpack? The outdoor part of our school will prepare you to go to hard-to-reach places in the mountain ranges of the world. The journey will be an adventure in itself. You’ll encounter breathtaking beauty and find friends, but you’ll also encounter suffering and brokenness. Seeing the world through God’s eyes is life-changing. This is the time for you to share what you have received throughout lecture phase. You may get the opportunity to share the gospel with fellow backpackers during a hike or be the first to introduce Jesus to an isolated mountain community.
2020: May 3rd - November 28th, 2020
2021: April 25th - November 20th, 2021
Lecture Phase incl. Outdoor Activities (17 weeks): 4.500 €*
Outreach Phase (13 weeks): ca. 2.500 € incl. Flight
*Your school fees include all tuition, housing, meals, teaching materials, transport and outdoor activities during the school. Not included are transport to and from the DTS, and potential expenses for visas, vaccinations and personal items. Note that there is a 30€ application fee, that is non-refundable and non-deductible.
Each student will be required to bring some of their own personal gear. This will include items such as a backpack (designed for multiple-day trips), four-season sleeping bag, camping mat, rain gear, and hiking boots. This equipment will need to be of good quality, designed for an alpine environment, and still in good working order. Note that this list isn’t exhaustive – a more comprehensive list will be included in your information packet should you apply for and be accepted to the school.
The discipleship training school is not only a special learning time in your life but it is also the entry point into YWAM’s University of the Nations and potential staffing positions with one of YWAM’s many bases. Upon completion of your DTS you will receive 24 credits towards any further UofN studies.