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Medical Compassion DTS PLUS

October 19, 2020 - September 17, 2021

YWAM Medical Missions Track Medical Compassion DTS PLUS

Medical Compassion DTS PLUS

MAXIMIZE your DTS experience by signing up for our Medical Compassion DTS PLUS, which includes our Medical Compassion DTS PLUS our Medical-Based Second Level School, the School of Primary Health Care (SPHC)

If you are looking to be equipped for a lifetime of Medical Missions, OR if you want to see whether Medical Missions are right for you, then this is definitely the program for you. This (almost) yearlong program will change your life by giving you the opportunity to encounter the Living God, while becoming equipped to follow His call on your life into Medical Missions. Stay in New Zealand a little longer and do our Medical Compassion plus program! Completion of the Medical Compassion DTS opens a door to our second level school of (Primary Health Care).
So what are you waiting for? Join the Medical Compassion DTS PLUS!

1st Phase – Grow In God: 20 Weeks

Beginning in Tauranga, New Zealand, you will do a Medical Compassion DTS alongside others from around the world. The first 12 weeks are transformational; getting to KNOW GOD more as you learn about a different topic each week. Topics include nature and character of God, hearing God’s voice, identity and calling, relationships, Father heart of God, PLUS much more!

Your DTS will have a Medical & Compassion focus, learning basic primary healthcare skills in medical missions. After the regular DTS classroom time in the morning, a special “stream” is run once a week in the afternoon, teaching a special course giving you “Basic Skills for Medical Missions”. The goals of this stream are to enable students to have a broad awareness of current medical needs in developing countries, and to equip them with general medical skills, so they can participate in various clinics PLUS demonstrate compassion with medical knowledge and practice.

The next 8 weeks are Outreach Phase; you will have the opportunity to reach out to the needy in a developing nation of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. There may be opportunities to assist people medically through DENTAL, OPTICAL, PRIMARY HEALTH CARE and TRAUMA CARE, but most often our teams find themselves reaching out in ways that mean just as much, like cleaning up after a NATURAL DISASTER, or helping out with FEEDING THE POOR and sharing the LOVE of Jesus with the destitute.

2nd Phase – Staff Assistance: 5 Weeks

The 5 weeks between the completion of your DTS and the beginning of the SPHC is your opportunity to join the ministry of YWAM Marine Reach by serving alongside our staff in an area of ministry around the Base. You will participate in base worship and intercession times and other aspects of community life, while engaging in meaningful work, gaining valuable experience and skills, PLUS strengthening relationships already established.

3rd Phase – Equipping for Medical Missions:
22 Weeks

The final phase is the SPHC (School of Primary Health Care), consisting of 2 parts. The initial 12 weeks is the Lecture Phase where you will be trained in various primary healthcare skills. Subjects include: biblical basis for health care, anatomy and physiology, food & nutrition and much more. Instructors are from a variety of different healthcare backgrounds including doctors, physician assistants, nurses and long-term missionaries.

After the Lecture Phase, you will head to Vanuatu for 9 weeks of outreach where you will put your new skills into practice. Marine Reach has pioneered long term community health care facilities in Vanuatu and you will have the opportunity to participate in the significant work being done there, plus potentially run mobile primary health care clinics in surrounding villages, and outer Islands of Vanuatu.

After 9 weeks of outreach you will return back to Tauranga for debrief and graduation. This will be the completion of your Medical Compassion DTS PLUS program, however you may wish to explore staffing with Marine Reach either in Tauranga or Vanuatu, putting all you have learned into practice.

SPHC Curriculum

Below is an overview of some of the modules that will be covered in our 12-week Lecture Phase:

  • Hands-on training in healthcare techniques & practices
  • Learning to diagnose and treat common diseases
  • Importance of nutrition rehabilitation and its impact on community health
  • Addressing the issues of mother and child health
  • Exposure to health structures of developing nations
  • Supporting national healthcare providers through working alongside them
  • Learning principles of international health and development
  • The use of field diagnostic tools e.g. rapid malaria tests or hemoglobin test kits
  • Instruction on the importance, strategy and implementation of immunizations
  • Learning healthcare practices for areas with little or no access to regular healthcare
  • Clinical field experience
  • Instruction and practice of health education for a village environment
  • Emergency first response training
Marine Reach YWAM NZ DTS New Zealand Missions Training




24 October 2022
16 October 2023




DTS Lectures      $3745 NZD
DTS Outreach     $3495 NZD
Staff Assist             $420 NZD
SPHC Lectures   $4745 NZD
SPHC Outreach  $4495 NZD

*NB: This cost breakdown only applies for the course beginning in October 2022.


Lecture phase: Meals, Accommodation, Tuition, School Outings, Stream Activities

Outreach phase: Flights, Transport, Accommodation, Meals, Visas

Please check with us before booking air tickets as dates are subject to change.

*Please note: All costs outlined here are conditional on full participation in each of the DTS Lectures, DTS Outreach, Staff Assist, SPHC Lectures, and SPHC Outreach.


20-24 credits will be earned upon successful completion of the School of Primary Health Care Lecture Phase (CNH 261) and Field Assignment (CNH 262). These credits may be applied to a U of N degree and have been accepted at some other colleges and universities.


October 19, 2020
September 17, 2021
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