Gap Year


Spend your Gap Year in Sydney, Australia with YWAM.


Spiritual formation. Practical ministry experience. Leadership. Fun. Family. Community.


Do you feel like your desire to take a Gap Year is at odds with your desire to be intentional with your life? It doesn’t have to be! We believe that everyone is called to missions. . . it just might look a little different than what you had in mind. Why don’t you consider joining us for a year to leave your comfort zone, grow in your relationship with God, get some experience in different types of work and ministry, and explore your identity in Christ—all while enjoying the deep relationships that are born within a supportive Christian community. You may not know how you want to spend the rest of your life (and that’s perfectly okay!), but our YWAM Sydney Gap Year program will set you on a course of flourishing no matter what direction you take from here.


YWAM Sydney Gap Year format


6 months DTS


Your first six months will be the Urban Village Discipleship Training School where we focus on knowing God, growing in your knowledge of the Bible, personal character development, and entry level practical ministry work within the community and abroad.


3 week break


After your DTS you will have a three-week break to travel or rest before starting the internship phase of your YWAM Gap Year.


5 month internship


The internship phase of your YWAM Gap Year will last for five months. (Please note: We don’t take shorter-term volunteers.) All interns are volunteers like the rest of YWAM staff worldwide. This means you will be living with other staff members, paying weekly staff fees (your portion of the rent, utilities, and food), and volunteering as an intern. Depending on your skills and passion you will be volunteering in one of several areas: administration, marketing and communications, childcare, community care, maintenance, kitchen, hospitality,worphip team, and more. Like our staff, your ministry responsibilities will vary according to our overall ministry needs and your particular skills.


In addition to your area of ministry responsibility, interns participate in our staff meetings, regular community worship and prayer meetings, and other outreaches and events that we do as a community.


Other features of your Gap Year include:


  • Peer groups with two other interns and/or staff called a “triplets” for prayer and mutual encouragement.
  • One on one mentoring with YWAM Sydney Newtown leaders.
  • Experience planning outreach activities and community events.
  • A chance to try out different areas of ministry and come alongside our long term staff in various practical ministry capacities.
  • Learning opportunities such as conferences, book groups, and/or local research projects.


YWAM Sydney Gap Year dates:


Due to the unknown nature of Covid-19 and Australia’s border restrictions, please contact us to clarify our YWAM Sydney Gap Year intakes.

Urban Village DTS – September 12, 2020 to February 20, 2021

Break – February 21, 2021 to March 14, 2021

Internship – March 15, 2021 to August 15, 2021


YWAM Sydney Gap Year fees:


Urban Village DTS course fees

Internship resource fee: $100 (one time fee due March 1, 2021)

Weekly staff fees during the internship phase (includes food, utilities, accommodation, internet): $160-$200 per week