YWAM Community Development DTS

Can you picture a world where everyone had food, water and shelter? It  would mean more than 1000 children’s lives would be saved EVERY DAY.  Girls would be more than twice as likely to attend school in developing countries. Parents wouldn’t have to worry about how they would feed their children.

In the Community Development DTS, you will learn about:

Aquaponics, permaculture, clean water solutions, [household energy creation] and basic construction. During outreach, you may find yourself building a rain catchment tank to provide water for a community in Haiti, setting up a sustainable fish farm in Cambodia or building a shelter so children can have a place to go to school in Cameroon, West Africa.

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Lecture Phase

Your adventure begins with a three-month Lecture Phase at the Port YWAM Campus, located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. World renowned speakers, along with devoted staff, will encourage and challenge you to experience the abundant life God has to offer.
Lecture Phase is more than just an education; it is a journey into the very heart of God, discovering His call for your life and how you can use your gifts, skills and education to bring transformation to the nations. Within a community dedicated to prayer, worship, and seeking God, we will challenge you to become the man or woman God desires you to be.
During this time, you will engage and learn about the following:

• God’s Nature and Character
• God’s Intention for Individuals, Peoples, and Creation
• God’s Redemption: Sin and the Cross
• God’s Family: His Children and His Church
• God’s World: His Call and His Commission
• God’s Truth: Biblical Worldview and Foundation



Outreach Phase

Outreach Phase is what makes the YWAM-DTS experience unique. We believe that Discipleship is not complete until you, a disciple, begin to make disciples. God desires that all mankind would know Him and His love (John 3:16). Being His followers, we desire the same! Alongside your Kingdom-minded classmates, experienced staff will guide you in sharing your faith with the nations of the world.

However, we are not content with just sharing the Gospel. We believe that Jesus is the most compassionate man who ever walked the earth. He is deeply concerned with every aspect of life, both practically and spiritually (James 2:17). Our outreaches, although primarily evangelistic, are filled with opportunities to educate local individuals, involve ourselves in mercy ministries, and address injustices such as poverty, children at risk, hunger, and sub-standard healthcare.

Your Outreach Phase will give you the opportunity to travel to a foreign culture as an ambassador of Christ. You will become His hands and feet in bringing hope and compassion to a hurting world in desperate need! It’s an experience that is bound to rock you to the core and it will define the way in which you choose to live in the future.

During outreach, you may find yourself building a rain catchment tank to provide water for a community in Haiti, setting up a sustainable fish farm in Cambodia or building a shelter so children can have a place to go to school in Cameroon, West Africa. These are only a few of many possibilities. All outreaches will have an option, to extend for an additional 9 months.

If you are searching for the adventure of all adventures, we invite you to join us!


  • January 4, 2018 –  June 2, 2018 (Optional extended outreach options available)
  • January 3, 2019 –  June 8, 2019 (Optional extended outreach options available)


Port YWAM in downtown Kona, Hawaii. 1 mile from the YWAM Kona Campus.

Cost for Lecture:

USD $3,995. Includes food, board, and tuition. Does not include airfare.

Cost for Outreach:

Depends on field assignment destination as the majority of the cost is airfare.

Approximately USD $4,500 – $5,000.

Disclaimer: YWAM Ships Kona is an independent and separate 501c3 organization from the University of the Nations, Kona Inc. These two entities are independent and separate in all aspects, legally, financially and operationally. The courses listed above are run at Port YWAM Kona one mile down the road from the University Campus.


Online Application Form

Or contact us: registrar@ywamships.net +1 (808) 757-9150

Packing List

Click the button to your right to find out what to bring.


Don’s passion is to equip you to partner with communities in developing practical and sustainable solutions for their basic needs — and to reveal the transforming power of the Gospel to set people free from the chains of poverty. Don has a family farming background and love for agriculture, over 15 years of business experience in real estate property management, and 10 years investment in youth ministry. His journey with YWAM began in Panama in 1999, and has fueled his passion for cross-cultural missions and community development. He has worked with the Life Empowering Technology and Science Department at YWAM Kona since 2013 in developing practical training in Sustainable Technology. Don, his wife Heather, and their three kids are originally from California.