Frequently asked questions about our Discipleship Training School.

Loren and Darlene Cunningham, John Dawson, Brett and Karen Curtis, Danny Lehman, Dean Sherman, David Hamilton, Jonathan Spainhour, Jim Walker, Joseph Avarkian and many more.
We have a DTS each January, April, July and September.
The cost for lecture phase is $4,250.USD which will cover the cost of room, board, food, and tuition. The cost of outreach is separate and varies where you will go during outreach phase. An estimate would be $3,000 – $5,000.
Mainly with YWAM Ships ministries around the world including Micronesia, Panama, Costa Rica, the Amazon River, the Pacific, Russia, Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the Mediterranean.
This will depend on your personal needs and your own resources. You can come with a minimal amount for your personal necessities or with a more liberal amount if you know you want to do extra things and bring home souvenirs and the like. Examples of additional cost could include optional expenses such as:

  • Scuba certification
  • Renting underwater equipment (wet suits, snorkel gear, etc)
  • Laundry and detergent
  • Other personal expenses (eating out, misc. toiletries, weekend trips, etc)

Kona has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The average high in Feb-March is 82°F (28°C ) while the average low is 66.4°F (19°C). Oct-Nov the average high is 86°F (30°C) while the average low is 71°F (21°C). Humidity is generally between 50% and 70%.
Yes, it is possible.
On base with us, however if we are full there is a hotel right next door called Seaside Hotel. Let them know you are with YWAM and you will get a great discount. Call 1-800-329-2455.
No, all donations for a student’s lecture phase needs to be sent directly to the student and are not considered tax deductible. Each student is responsible for collecting and paying their tuition.
We do consider applications from a 17 year-old if they have completed high school, but students must turn 18 before the outreach portion of the school. As with all applications we prayerfully consider your participation, evaluating your gifts and calling, social and spiritual maturity, and your love for the Lord and others. We want God’s highest for each individual and welcome those who have a desire to know God and make Him known.
Please contact our visa desk.
Please contact our visa desk.
You can send us the application fee by using one of the methods listed below:
Singles – $75
Couples – $100
Note: International students, there is an additional expense if we have to courier documents to you from Kona. You will be notified of this before hand by our visa desk. Typically an international courier runs $90 and up.
YWAM Ships Kona
(Student Name/School Name)
75-5687 Ali’i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
*Note: When using a check make it payable to YWAM. Be sure to include the student’s name and the school they are enrolled in in the memo area of the check.
Wire Transfer:
Please email finance@ywamships.et to get instructions. Please add $10.00 to all wire transfers to cover the cost of receiving the transfer. Be sure to include student’s name and school they are enrolled in.
Credit Card – on line
Go to www.ywamships.net/donate Be sure to add 3% if you use this method of payment as the credit card company will deduct 3% from the amount when the transaction is processed.
Credit Card – by phone
You may call the Student Services Office at +1-949-791-7447 with your credit card information.