7606 Island Rd, Oliver, BC, Canada 
© Youth With A Mission (Global Gateway).  Youth With A Mission (BC) Society is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. A ministry of YWAM International.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

 

Training Programs

What you need to know about our Training Programs:

DTS (Discipleship Training School) and EFM (English For Missions)

Do I need to do a DTS first before doing a second level school?

No. You can take one full second level school before completing a DTS. A 24 credit University of the Nations recognized DTS is a preliminary requirement before you can do other second level schools or join staff.

Please note English For Missions (EFM) is not a second level school and has no pre-requisites.

What does the schedule look like on a Personal Wellness DTS?

Each day you will have activities such as morning exercises, spiritual disciplines, lectures, work duties, (general duties around the base), and evening activities. There are also weekly corporate events such as base worship and local outreach. Your weekends may have some school activities, but will generally be free for you to explore the area and have some study time.

Where will I stay during lecture phase?

Our base is located on 13.6 acres of flat land giving us plenty of room for outdoor activities such as BBQ’s, campfires, volleyball, and basketball. There are many different fruit trees and we plant a garden in the summer. Our building has a commercial kitchen, laundry facility, large dining area, quiet sitting places, TV area, pool table, and library. 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

Is outreach required?

Yes, successful completion of the outreach phase of your school is REQUIRED for all DTS’s and most second-level schools. Local Outreach is a part of the weekly schedule for English For Missions, but there is no outreach phase for this school.

 

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.

 

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 ywamgginfo@gmail.com 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, while Vancouver is the closest large airport (a 6 hour drive from our base).  Please note that airport pickup and dropoff fees vary depending on which airport you are flying to and are not included in your school fees so will need to be paid separately.

 

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 $3600

Outreach Phase - Airfare + CDN $1700 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.

 

English For Missions

CDN $3800

This fee covers the following things: housing, food, teaching, transportation to and from activities, and some classroom materials.

You may be required to pay for extra activities that we do as a class, such as field trips, skiing, etc.

 

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 $2500.00

Total Outreach fees - CDN $1700 + airfare**(Depends on Location)

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

Lecture Fees Due upon arrival in  Canada - CDN $1500.00

Outreach Fees due middle of Lecture Phase CDN $1700 + airfare

 

EFM Fees

Total fees - CDN $3800.00

Due upon receipt of Acceptance letter - CDN $1000.00

Due upon arrival in  Canada - CDN $2800.00

Covers room & broad, classes, books, laundry and school trips. Discounts may be available for EFM students involved in ministry or who have parents serving in ministry. Please contact us for more details.

 

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. If you are unable to bring a laptop yourself, it is quite likely you will find someone willing to lend you their computer.

 

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 the local mountain, Apex, 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.

 

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 facility so you will not require transportation to get to classes. We are located about 5km from the Town of Oliver which can be accessed by car or the hike/bike trail. There is limited public transportation in our area.

 

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 ywamgginfo@gmail.com.

 

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 5km away in the town of Oliver.

  • 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.