Frequently Asked Questions

How fluent do I need to be in Spanish or English?

We are a bi-lingual base so speaking one or the other will be fine. If neither Spanish nor English is your first language, then you must be able to comprehend and/or speak one (English or Spanish). If you aren’t fluent in either language, we’d encourage you to pray about going to another location that offers a language you are fluent in. You will have a much richer, deeper learning experience if you don’t have to focus on translating what the speaker is saying. So just pray about it!

How old do you have to be for DTS?

You must be 18 years old or over to do a DTS. If you are 17 you must have completed high school or have a GED.  Please get in touch with us about this if you need clarification.

What happens after DTS?

DTS is an incredible time of transformation where you will have the opportunity to process many things about your life. After the DTS, some people may decide to return home and get involved in their local communities, others may decide to do further study or work with other mission organizations. Additionally, some students may decide to stay on with YWAM in Guatemala or at another location as staff members.

If you find you’d like to stay with YWAM Guatemala , you will have the option of joining our staff.

Is it safe?

Guatemala can be known as a dangerous place but put all those “I’ve heard’s…” to rest. Our country is a beautiful nation to live in. The people are warm and friendly and willing to try out their English. We will help get you acquainted with the city and the Guatemalan culture.

Do I need Health Insurance?

YWAM Guatemala highly suggests having insurance during the time you are with us. There are many online options that you could use. We have used Faith Ventures Travel and Talent Trust as insurance companies which offer good comprehensive coverages for a low cost.

How do I raise money for my DTS?

There are several different ways to raise money for YWAM Guatemala 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 others. Remember that everything starts and ends with prayer. If God is the One who calls you to attend a school with YWAM Guatemala, He will give you the tools, favor, and strength to do it.

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
How do I pay for my school?

For payment options, please go to the “donate” page and then click on the payment options link. Keep in mind that there is a 7% commission fee that will be taken away from the amount you paid if you do it online. 

You can also contact us at [email protected] for other ways to pay

What is life like on campus?

The YWAM campus in Guatemala is a close-knit community. The warmth of the Latino culture is very evident on the base. Don’t be surprised if people hug you or pat you on the shoulder more often than you are used to – this is simply the Guatemalan way of making you feel that you’re part of the family.

You will be expected to participate of the community activities that relate to the school, as well as community times of worship and intercession with the whole base, which form a part of the school curriculum.

As with any shift from one country to another, you’ll find some things difficult to adjust to at first. Different foods, climate, scenery, people, housing, customs and traditions…the list goes on. But many other students will be in the same position as you are – so you won’t be alone, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll adjust to the changes!

How far away will I be from everything?

The base is located within walking distance to heaps of ‘tiendas’ (little shops), restaurants, shopping malls, movie theatres, Wal-Mart and coffee shops. There are also scenic spots, artisanal markets, beaches and more that are either a short taxi ride or bus ride away.

What kind of clothes should I bring?

You’ll need a set of good clothes for church and ministry as well as casual clothes for lectures/leisure. We tend to be pretty casual at the base, 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. Those things can be purchased here if needed. And don’t forget some dress clothes for your graduation!!

Don’t pack like you’re going to the wilderness! We still enjoy wearing nice, stylish clothes as much as anyone!

During the rainy season it is sunny in the morning, but it can be quite cool at night and during the afternoon, so bring clothing you can wear in layers – t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and light sweaters. You should also bring a light rain jacket! The rainy season is from May to October.

Is there phone or internet access?

YWAM does not provide Wi fi as part of your school package, but there are several internet cafes nearby, as well as restaurants that provide this service for free.

If students want to make phone calls, they can purchase SIM cards to buy internet packages and make phone calls.  Most students tend to use Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger Video to keep in touch with family and friends. If you haven’t used those interfaces before, we’d recommend having your family set up accounts with one of them before you come down in order to maintain communication. 

What’s supplied in my room?

In your dorm-style rooms, all that’s supplied is a bunk bed, mattress, pillow, bathroom, and an EXTREMELY limited selection of personal storage space. The base can supply you with sheets and blanket when you first arrive, but you will need to provide your own for the duration of the school. You can either bring these things with you or purchase them at a store here.

What are the eating/cooking arrangements?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided and all meals are eaten together in our dining area. There is a fridge for students and staff to use and store personal food in, be sure to label your things with your name.

What do lectures look like?

Most weeks the lectures are held in a classroom setting in the mornings with occasional night sessions. The afternoons are spent doing small groups, one-on-one times with your small group leader, work duties as well as some personal time. Other required sessions during the week include worship, intercession, evangelism opportunities & our children’s ministry.

What about laundry?

There are two options you can choose:

Use the “pila” and wash by hand and dry your clothes by hanging them on a dry line. You have to buy your own detergent or laundry soap.

Wash your clothes in the laundromat that is located near the house, approximately 6 houses from our center on the left. The cost of the washings is around $3USD per pound. The service may include soap and softener. They also have dryers service for $10USD per load.

Do I need a visa to go to Guatemala?

Normally Speaking all of North/Central/South America and the Caribbean do not need a visa to enter Guatemala. The exceptions are: Bolivia, Dominica (not the Dominican Republic), Ecuador, Suriname, Cuba, and Haiti. All western and some eastern European countries do not need a visa to enter Guatemala.  

When you enter the country at customs they will give you a 90-day stay that can be renewed for an additional 90-days if needed. If you plan to renew budget $30-40USD to cover transportation, photo, and application fee. 

If you would like to read more about the visa process or find out if your country needs a visa you can read more at LonelyPlanet or you can visit the Guatemalan site for a complete list of nations that do and don’t need visas Here.

Are there any extra fees I need to be aware of?

You need to budget the following:

  • Flights to get to Guatemala and back.
  • Depending on the location of the outreach, to enter that place you might need vaccinations.
  • The tourist visa 90 days extension.
  • Personal expenses like snacks, toiletries, mosquito repellant.
Do I need a return plane ticket?

Once you’ve been accepted, you need to budget for your flights to get to Guatemala and back. You need a return ticket as the airlines usually won’t let you check in unless you have one.  

Can I work whilst I do my DTS?

DTS is a full-time course which means you’re going to be pretty busy! You will live on campus and have things going on in the morning, afternoons and most evenings, as well as school activities on some of the weekends.

Am I too old for DTS?

No! DTS is available to a broad range of ages! Most commonly our students are between the ages of 17-35 years old. But don’t let that stop you! All ages are welcome.

I am a parent and have some questions, can I talk with someone on the phone?

Yes, of course. You can send us an email to [email protected] and we can set up a phone meeting. We would love to chat.

How much luggage can I bring?

Your airline will determine how much luggage you can bring; however, while on outreach you will be limited to one pack/suitcase. So, pack accordingly. Hiking backpacks are ideal for outreach, but you can get along with a duffel or suitcase if needed. We totally recommend having a hiking pack if possible.

Your accommodations during the lecture Phase will be extremely limited in terms of personal storage space, so keep that in mind.

How much spending money will I need?

Plan on $20-40USD a week to cover toiletries, snack food, entertainment, photos and others. How much you’ll need will really depend on your personal spending habits.

It’s best to have your money in an account that allows you to have a debit/credit card. It’s easy to make withdrawals down here at ATM’s.

What housing is available for students?

Campus housing is dormitory style. All single students are housed in rooms with anywhere between 4-8 people. Families and married couples are given their own room.

Is there a dress code on the base?

For girls – there are no short shorts or skirts, no short tank tops or t-shirts. Please be mindful how low your pants, skirts, and shorts are on your waist. Bearing too much of your mid-rift will be inappropriate. T-shirts, shorts, jeans are pretty common, but please be mindful of how tight your shirts are. If you have a bikini, please wear shorts and a tank top over it when you swim or wear a one-piece with shorts.
For guys – Please no speedos or g-string swimsuits. Please don’t have your boxers showing or be shirtless unless swimming.

You will find more dress code information when you receive the DTS acceptance package.

What is the weather like in Guatemala?

Mornings are generally warm and sunny almost all year long. ​The​ ​rainy​ ​season​ ​is​ ​from​ ​May​ ​to​ ​October, it usually rains in the late afternoon. From late October to March the weather can get quite​ ​cool and windy in the mornings and drop some more in the nights.

What will the lecture phase schedule look like?

To have an idea of what your schedule will look like during lecture phase, click here.

Is there any way I can prepare for outreach before coming?

A few practical things you can do is to 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 believe me, jeans are NOT that easy!!), and preparing to pack as little as possible. Lots of students make the mistake of bringing WAY 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 souvenirs for yourself or as a thank you for your supporters.

Biggest recommendation?

Be flexible! Things might not always be the way you expect them to or someone might rub you the wrong way or you might hate living in community 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 let go of our “rights” and allow God to transform us and show us how to see ourselves and others through His eyes.

What Are You Waiting For?

What Are You Waiting For?