Conquer the Mountain in You
Mountains have always inspired people to worship. Jesus often went on a mountain to seek his father. We want to be people who seek God and make Him the centre of our lives! The Mountain DTS is an outdoor adventure school that will give you a taste of a range of outdoor activities. Because we believe that outdoor adventure and discipleship is a perfect combination, we have developed the vision of the Mountain DTS.
In this school we will spend a lot of time in the mountains and nature, learning about God, ourselves and each other in the beautiful, but challenging surrounding of His wonderful creation.
During the first three months of your DTS, we will take you on a journey into the heart of the Father. You will get to know God like you never have as you get the opportunity to get real about your questions and your fears, your struggles and your scars, your hopes and your dreams. Doing these things in a loving and accepting community, you’ll have deep and meaningful fellowship with your fellow students from all around the world. We want you to leave the DTS as a changed person who is equipped for the life that God is calling you into.
You will be taught by outstanding teachers from all over the world. The teaching will take place inside a normal classroom, but we will also be a lot in God’s creation, combining the teaching with the experience of being in the mountains. We have built a number of outdoor and experiential learning activities into our school that are meant to go hand in hand with the DTS curriculum to help you grow spiritually, mentally and physically. Apart from the outdoor activities, we will also spend some of our lecture phase on mountain cabins in an environment that will help you focus on God and yourself.
During lecture phase, you will also learn how to share God’s love with others through local and maybe even international outreach.
Situated close to both France and Switzerland, we can take full advantage of our proximity to the Alps. Typical activities range from hiking in the Black Forest to multi-day camping trips in the Alps. If possible you will also experience the thrill of outdoor activities such as caving, canyoning or rafting. And it’s not only about fun with these things, we see them as another foundational way to learn more about our faith, God and ourselves.
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.