Europeans would portray a backpacker as one who prefers budget travel and accommodation, flexible travel agendas, and the opportunity to meet other travelers in a relaxed and informal setting. On the other hand, North American culture would describe a backpacker as a person who loves to camp and hike in the great outdoors. They enjoy the wilderness, use vehicles and campers for transport, and build their own fires to prepare meals.
For the Backpacker DTS, YWAM Oxford has combined the two. We give opportunities for those hard-core backpackers who thrive on multiple-day tramps and sleep in huts or tents. Whereas, others choose to stay in backpacker hostel dorm-style living with communal kitchen facilities.
The Backpacker DTS vision is to reach out to the backpackers of the world with the good news of Jesus Christ!
Each year, thousands of young adults strap on a backpack to travel around the world, experience culture and find adventure. They are seeking to discover who they are, what life is about and what to do with their lives. They are seeking answers. They are open. Many of them return home without answers or even get lost on their travels, stuck in drugs or just living the same life they tried to escape from.
Over 350,000 people from all over the world backpack across New Zealand each summer. The BDTS goal is to share the love of Christ with these intrepid travelers by way of friendship evangelism. We go where the backpackers go.
Meaningful conversations can occur on the top of a mountain, on a trail, or while preparing dinner for your team over a campfire or in a hostel kitchen. We live life together, listen, share testimonies and the Gospel, give out Bibles, and pray with them. The BDTS will provide you with opportunities to develop relationships and do evangelism at a personal level as we live among other backpackers.
If this sounds like your passion, the Backpacker DTS is for you!!