Have some questions? Have a look through some of our most frequently asked questions below and get some helpful answers. If you have more questions that we haven’t answered below please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
The DTS at YWAM Oxford is 6 months long, split into two phases:
Lecture Phase: 12 weeks at the YWAM Oxford Base
Outreach Phase: 8 -12 weeks in NZ and in the nations.
Speakers for the lecture phase come from all over the world—ranging from local New Zealanders (kiwis), to the greater Pacific region, North America, Europe and Asia. Speakers also come from a range of backgrounds and experience such as Church pastors, House of Prayer, Frontier Missions, Bible College, and YWAM Global/Regional Leaders. We choose the best speakers for each week’s topic to bring quality teaching and ministry.
We have sent teams to all regions of the world such as the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Far-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Central and South America. With each DTS, the leadership seeks God as to which country(ies) to send teams to.
The Backpacker DTS outreach has a focus on reaching backpackers in New Zealand.
The primary focus of outreach is to share the gospel and move people towards a commitment to following Jesus. Other elements of outreach are children’s ministry, prayer walking, preaching in churches and home groups, prison ministry, street ministry, teaching English, connecting with local churches and ministries and practical mercy ministry.
New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country. With the mountains, ocean and filming locations for Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Alien: Covenant, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, there is much to see and do. As a student there will be opportunities for weekend activities such as: surfing, rock climbing, caving, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. If students desire to tour New Zealand and do additional activities, they are welcome to do so before or after DTS.
There are four exciting weekend trips were the students will see and experience the beautiful and adventurous places around the South Island!
Yes, YWAM Oxford schools are fully accredited through the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. Students graduating DTS will receive 20-24 credits. These credits can be used toward a degree at the U of N or transferred to other universities around the world, make sure to check with specific institutions for credit transfer requirements.
Yes, our base has a great library containing a wide range of titles that can be used for book reports, personal study or other reading.
We strongly encourage students to attend a church service on Sunday morning but it is not a requirement. We as a base want to connect with the larger body of Christ, to sow into the community here and to receive from them as well! Most regularly attended are the Anglican church and the Baptist church but there are others in the community as well.
Oxford is a small rural community of about 2000 people. You’ll see heaps of sheep as there’s many farmers in the area. Although small, there is a dairy, supermarket, post shop, bank, pharmacy, gym, and several cafes. You will be able to find essential toiletries and food items in Oxford. If not, we regularly make trips to Christchurch where there are shopping malls, larger supermarkets and specialty stores.
The type of flight you purchase will be dependent upon your circumstances and preference. If you are entering New Zealand on a Visitor Visa (3 month visa) you will be required to show proof that you are departing New Zealand (an outgoing flight) before you will be allowed to enter the country. We recommend that international students purchase round-trip tickets as they will be returning to New Zealand after outreach for graduation before flying back home. Upon acceptance, applicants will receive additional detailed information regarding purchasing flights.
New Zealand immigration allows a person to be in the country for up to 3 months on a Visitor Visa. If you are on the Visa-waiver countries list you will receive a 3 month Visitor Visa automatically upon arrival in New Zealand. UK Passport holders can be granted a Visitor Visa for up to 6 months. Evidence of onward (outbound) travel is required to receive a Visitor visa. If you are not from a Visa-waiver country, you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa before coming to New Zealand.
DTS students who are doing an overseas outreach can receive back-to-back 3 month Visitor Visas as they will be leaving New Zealand during the outreach phase and will receive a fresh Visitor Visa upon return.
Alternately, if you plan to stay in New Zealand longer than 3 months and you are under the age of 30 you may qualify for a Work Holiday Visa. Please consult your school leader or our communications team before applying for a Work Holiday Visa.