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The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 6 month long course; a designated time to truly learn how to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus called his disciples out of their everyday life to follow him, we invite you answer that call and start a life of radical pursuit of God.
Come, learn how to cultivate a living relationship with God, get hands-on experience in ministry, and then be sent out to the nations.
More than just an experience, the DTS is training that will challenge you to take steps in your faith- and be equipped for a life-long journey of living for God.
You're invited to join our family and live alongside people from all walks of life, that have come here for the same reason: to know God and make Him known. Come spend 3 months on our campus, learning and growing in your relationship with God and partaking in missionary training. Then, hit the road for 3 more months traveling around other parts of the world or Mexico to put your training into practice.
Learn to give God your whole heart, discover your identity and calling, and step foot onto the mission field!
Did you ever think your passions and serving God could overlap? Here, they do.
God has planted unique gifts, passions, and desires inside of you! He created you intentionally with those, and wants to use your giftings to impact the world. We sought to add a little extra passion and spice to our Discipleship Training Schools, so we added Themes! Our Themes are 2-5 hour periods of time each week where you invest deeply in a passion you have, or pick up something new.
Whether that be capturing stories through photo and video, kayaking in the ocean, camping, learning how to live and sail on a ship, or get involved in the surf and skate culture of Mazatlan, we've got it all! Let your imagination run wild, and dream big on how you could take this time to grow and learn.
Everyone from an expert to a beginner is invited to be a part of this adventure. We believe that this is your time to live by the water, join together with surfers and skaters from all over the world, and enter into the sports-in-missions field. Through your lecture phase, spend time on the beach and in skate parks, and learn to disciple others using sports.
The Surf & Skate Theme is for the adrenaline enthusiasts who are ready to make a radical change in their life for the Lord! For those drawn to surf and skate culture, and want to learn to influence these parts of society, this will be your training... to learn as you do it!
When? JulyApply Now →
Do you have a passion to reach the poor, the needy, and the hurting? Add the Compassion Theme to your DTS to learn how to tangibly do just that. Before we can go out, we must experience and understand God’s heart of compassion, His intimacy, so that we can effectively bring hope and help to those who need it desperately.
You’ll take part in ministries within our city, impacting and restoring hope to the hopeless and practically showing Christ’s love amidst poverty. You’ll learn to respond with God’s heart to the brokenness of the world, and learn how to impact lives with the gifts God has placed within you.
When? January, April, July, September
The YWAM Ships Theme is unique because it is fully integrated into the ministry of YWAM Ships Mazatlan. Our vision for YWAM Ships Mazatlan is to use vessels to access and bring healthcare to isolated people both on the coastlands of Mexico and the Pacific Rim. During the lecture phase of this DTS, you will learn about God’s heart for the isolated and unreached, as well as how to effectively bring the gospel to these out-of-the-way areas and people groups.
This Theme is for the adventure-junkies and those passionate about medical care, the ones who aren’t afraid to go, the ones who are willing to go to the most isolated and least reached people in the world, using healthcare partnered with ships as a tool to get there.
When? January, April, July, SeptemberApply Now →
Do you crave adventure? Are you ready to set aside everything and take big risks for God? Be prepared to embark on a 5-month journey to knowing God in a much more intimate way and experiencing Him like never before. During lecture phase you will learn about God’s adventurous side, partaking in activities around the city that are exciting and that feed your hunger for something untamed.
During outreach, you could be doing anything from traversing through the isolated mountain villages of
When? April, SeptemberApply Now →
Let your creativity fly with our Media Theme! You’ll learn the basics of photography and
On outreach, you’ll take what you've learned and use it to share God’s love creatively to the nations. In jungles, cities, and anywhere in between, you’ll be able to capture the incredible stories,
When? January, SeptemberApply Now →
How far will you go to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth? To push past the limits, and go where others dare not to go? God is preparing a fearless generation to hear His voice and to step into untraversed grounds. To share the gospel with those who’ve never heard before. Come to a diverse city where you can try new initiatives to minister to university students, skaters, and marginalized subcultures where no one has taken a stand for the gospel.
This Theme is for those who dare to go and leave a legacy for others to follow. For those who have it in their spirit to say “yes” to God, no matter what.
When? January, JulyApply Now →
July 6 - December 18, 2020
September 28 - March 12, 2021
January 4 – June 18, 2021
*Please note that prices are subject to change and go into effect as of July 1, 2020.
Mexico: $1500 - $2200 USD
South/Central America: $2250 - $3250 USD
YWAM Ships: $2750 - $3750 USD
Europe/Asia/Africa: $3250 - $4250 USD
Outreach fees listed are estimated, and final budgets will be announced during the lecture phase along with locations, which vary per school. Fees for the 8-week field assignment include transportation (i.e. airfare/bus), housing and food.
Schools that participate in CARNAVAL, this will count as a portion of your outreach. Part of your outreach costs will be due within the first few weeks, as this event will take place within the lecture phase.
To be paid in full by the 8th week of lectures for those traveling outside of Mexico, and by the 10th week for those traveling within Mexico.
We are a completely Blingual campus! Meaning, speaking only Spanish or English will be more than enough. If neither Spanish nor English is your first language, you just need to comprehend and/or speak one. That being said, we’ve had students in the past that weren’t fluent in either of our languages, and they’ve been willing, amazing people that brought amazing life and culture to our base family. Pray about it! We don't want to hold you back if you're called here.
Our YWAM campus is located within walking distance to lots of ‘Tiendas’ (little shops), restaurants, yummy tacos, scenic spots, and coffee shops, as well as some great beaches. Wal-Mart and other grocery stores, the Golden Zone (tourist area), excellent restaurants, movie theatres, and a shopping mall are either a short taxi/uber ride or bus ride away.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and all meals are eaten together on our outdoor patio, which looks out over the ocean! Our campus has a kitchen run by our staff and students. We do our best to accommodate all health restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free), but know that there might be times where we are unable to. There is a fridge for students to use and store personal food in.
For girls – there are no short shorts or skirts, no crop tops. When it comes to swimming, we require swim shorts, and a one piece/tank top.
For guys – Please no speedos. Please don’t have your boxers showing or be shirtless unless swimming.
This will all be covered more in-depth in your welcome pack, after applying!
You’ll need a set of good clothes for local church and ministry, casual clothes for lectures/leisure. We tend to be pretty casual at the campus, but churches here tend to dress up more. Also, depending on where you go on outreach, girls may need longer skirts and long sleeve shirts for working in remote communities. That can be purchased here if needed. And don’t forget some dress clothes for your graduation!!
*Because of the humidity here, clothes can occasionally get stretched out. Keep this in mind when you’re packing your favorite things (but don’t pack like your going to the wilderness either! We still enjoy wearing nice, stylish clothes as much as anyone!
Here's a blog to help!
There are several different ways to raise money for YWAM Mazatlan schools and outreaches. How you decide to raise your money really depends on your motivation, creativity and willingness to work hard. There is no one right way to raise the money, but to help you along, listed below are some suggestions and ideas that have worked for us. Remember that everything starts and end with prayer.Trust that if God is giving the heart to attend a school with YWAM Mazatlan, He will also give you the tools, favor, and strength to do it. Our biggest recommendation is to start right away! Fundraising is much better and easier when you're at home, than when you are here.
Here's a blog to help you!
Suggested Reading on Raising Support:
Friendraising: Building a Support Team That Lasts by Betty Barnett
Funding Your Ministry: Whether You’re Gifted or Not by Scott Morton
People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by Bill Dillon
May through to September are the hot, humid months. You can expect to be sweaty and sticky some of the time you're outside! October and November are a bit more temperate, but you’ll still be wearing summer clothes. Then December through March are the cooler months where you can throw on a light jacket or hoodie at night.
In regards to the hot months- do not worry! There is an AC unit in each bedroom and classroom, and we are blessed to have that during the summer!
We have Wifi at the campus that works well. If students want to have cell coverage everywhere they go, they are welcome to call their current provider about extending coverage to Mexico or getting a data plan here that the staff can help set up. Most students tend to use Skype/Facetime/Facebook Messenger to keep in touch with family and friends, which can all be used off of Wifi.
How much you’ll need will really depend on your personal spending habits. Plan on $20 USD a week to cover toiletries, snacks and extra food, and other unexpected expenses.
In your dorm-style rooms, you are given a bunk bed, mattress, shared bathroom, and a limited selection of personal storage space. You will need to provide your own bedding for the duration of the school. You can either bring these things with you, or purchase them at a store here! The first days of your school are arrival days, and there are many trips to nearby stores to pick up whatever you might need to get situated in your room! Pillows especially- feel free to buy them here.
It’s best to have your money in an account that allows you to have an ATM card. It’s easy to make withdrawals down here at the banks, but make sure you have notified your bank you will be outside your country.
You can use one of the local laundry mats, “lavanderias”, that will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for roughly $1.50 USD per kilo. There are also a few staff who offer laundry service as well, drop off and pick up service to support their finances to be here!
Mexico in the media has been pinned as a dangerous place, but put all those “I’ve heard’s…” to rest. Our city is a beautiful city to live in. The people are warm and friendly and willing to try out their English. Our beaches are generally safe for swimming and surfing. We will help get you acquainted to the city, the beaches and the Mexican culture.
Yes, like all countries, there is brokenness, hurting people, and corruption in Mexico. God has called us to be bearers of light and hope, to be a part of Him redeeming Mexico, one story and family at a time. Our campus is located in a perfect spot where we can reach places that God has called us to go to, but also host students from all over the world and have an incredible place to do that without jeopardizing safety.
We live in a middle-class neighborhood located directly on the boardwalk of the city, which is one of many places that are safe. Just like any other city in the world, there is wisdom to how we live here, and that doesn't change wherever you are. Our campus is a closed-to-the-public building, and only students and staff live there!
Because of our community-style culture, we're always doing things together. Ministry, going out for tacos at night, walks to coffee shops. We have set curfews at night, and a security guard that takes care of our campus at night.
A few practical things you can do is make sure you have a compact sleeping bag, a hiking pack (or something else that’s easy to travel with if there aren’t paved roads), conservative clothes that are easy to wash (depending on where you go, washing by hand may be your only option), and preparing to pack as little as possible. Lots of students make the mistake of bringing too much stuff on Outreach and end up regretting it when they’re running to catch a bus or trudging up a hill. Keep it as simple as possible and leave room/money for buying gifts/other things you may pick up along the way.
Be flexible! Things might not always be the way you expect them to turn out, or community living might be brand new for you; but be prepared to change your expectations and let God work in your heart. Some of the best lessons in life come when we learn to allow God to transform us when things get hard, and we end up being grateful for the lesson learned!