questions about DTS?

What are the requirements to be accepted to a DTS? 

Our Discipleship Training Schools are designed to provide an opportunity for anyone to get involved in world missions. We do not require college degrees, work experience, or a seminary background. You do need to be at least 18 years of age (or 17 years old & a high school graduate) to apply for a DTS. Apart from the age requirement, we only ask that you fill out a simple application to be evaluated by the leaders of the DTS. If you’re passionate for God and are ready to be challenged by Him, then you are ready for a DTS!

Where is our DTS located?

We have Discipleship Training Schools at both of our campuses in Mexico : San Antonio Del Mar and Ensenada. Although our base is called YWAM San Diego/Baja, we do not run our schools in San Diego. Our San Antonio Del Mar campus is located in between Rosarito and Tijuana. It is about 20 minutes south of the U.S. border. Our Ensenada campus is located about an hour and a half south of the U.S. border, by car. Both of our campuses are within walking distance to the beach. There is a variety of things to do near each campus during free time, including movie theaters, shops, cafes, and of course, taco stands!

How long is a DTS?

The DTS is a five month long course with two phases. During the Lecture Phase, students spend time in lectures, worship, intercession, local evangelism, and many other activities. Our staff and the campus community help students to develop discipline in their personal prayer lives and their study habits. 

For the second phase of DTS, students are put into outreach teams and sent into the nations for two months of cross-cultural evangelistic outreach. Following this Outreach Phase, the students return to our campus to spend a week in debrief/reflection prior to their graduation.


What does a typical day of DTS look like?

  • 6:45-7:30: Personal Devotions with the Lord

  • 7:30-8:00 : Breakfast

  • 8:30-9:30 : Worship / Intersession

  • 9:30-12:30 : Classroom Lectures

  • 12:30 : Lunch

  • 1:30-3:00 : Afternoon Activity / Lectures

  • 3:30-5:30 : Campus Service or Local Ministry

  • 5:30-6:30 : Dinner

  • Evenings are Typically Free for fellowship, processing & reading

Can I receive college credit for completing a DTS?

Yes, the Discipleship Training School is accredited with the University of the Nations which is an international university. Students will receive 12 credits for the DTS Lecture Phase and 8 credits for the DTS Outreach Phase. Credits from the U of N are transferable to a number of Christian colleges and universities.

What will I learn? 

  • God’s Nature and Character: Understanding Who God is and What He is Like

  • God’s Intention for Individuals, People, and Creation: Seeing Life From God’s Perspective

  • God’s Redemption: Sin and The Cross: Recognizing Jesus as Lord

  • God’s Family: His Children and His Church: Becoming More Like Jesus

  • God’s World: His Call and His Commission: Doing the Works of Jesus

  • YWAM: A Response to God: Knowing God, Making Him Known

Weekly Topics will also include : The Father Heart of God, Maintaining Godly Relationships, Frontier Missions, Spiritual Warfare, Destiny and Identity in Christ, Hearing God’s Voice, The Fear of the Lord, Evangelism, Worship, How to Study the Word of God

Students will also read through the entire New Testament during their DTS and discover tools to study the bible through the inductive bible study method.

Where is outreach? When will I know where I'm going? 

The outreach locations themselves depend on a number of factors within the school and are selected carefully through prayer. Typically students will find out their outreach locations by the 4th week of lecture.  Students learn about their locations and will be given a short amount of time to pray about where to go on outreach.  Then the school leadership will meet and organize the teams. Your team will then meet weekly during lecture to pray together and prepare for outreach.

Financial Responsibility - How do finances work?

Students are expected to come to the DTS with their full lecture phase raised.  The first outreach payment is due during the 6th week of DTS, and the final payment is due during the 9th week.  When God calls us into His service, we believe that He will provide for all of our needs. Finances should never alone be the determining factor as we pursue God's call on our life.  We trust God to provide for us as we follow and step out in obedience. We call this living by faith.  Students usually will work and save prior to their DTS as well as write letters to friends and family who may want to partner with you in ministry through donating to your missions trip.  People love to give and to be a part of seeing God's kingdom extended.  If we are asking others to give, we must also be prepared to give when God leads us! 

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico or the U.S.?

Yes! People from most countries, including the U.S. and Canada, will be able to get a tourist visa at the Mexican border. Our School Registrar will be able to assist students once they have been accepted into the DTS. The visa costs around $25 USD. and you will need to bring this money in cash once you arrive. If you are not from the U.S. or Canada, we will provide you with a visa letter for either Mexico or the U.S.

How much spending money should I bring?

Your DTS school fees will cover your food, housing, and course tuition. However, you will want to budget a little extra money for toiletries, laundry detergent, eating out, souvenirs, etc. Students may want to budget $100 per month for various costs. There are also several ATMs located near both campuses.