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General Questions

What airport should I fly in to?

Please fly to The Richmond International Airport. The airport code is RIC

If, for some reason, I have to leave the school earlier than I planned, will there be a refund?

Yes. Though we do not expect a student to have need of leaving early, may be occasion of emergencies that necessitate such early termination of one’s schooling.
 The following is our policy on any refunds need to be made for one reason or another:

  • Prior to the first class session – 100%
  • During the first week of class – 95%
  • 
During the second week of class – 70%
  • During the third week of class – 60%
  • During the fourth & fifth weeks of class – 50%
  • Beyond the fifth week of class – 0%*

If I join YWAM Virginia, how awesome would that be? On a scale of 1-10?

Basically, it would be TOTALLY awesome. The 1-10 scale doesn’t accurately quantify how awesome it would be, but just for fun, let’s say it would be a million out of 10. Awesome. Totally.

Does YWAM Virginia operate internationally? I would love to help those in need outside the USA.

Yes, we help people in need all over the world. Some of the places we’ve been recently are Angola, a country in Africa, and Bolivia, which is in South America.

Will someone pick me up at the airport/train/bus station?

We will arrange your personal transportation to student housing starting Thursday, 3 days before your classes begin.

Which bus station should I use to book my ticket?

Greyhound Bus Station (800) 231-2222

I am driving to YWAMVA, how do I get there?

Using GPS our address is 4700 Waverly Avenue Richmond, VA 23231. Make sure you turn off toll roads, for the most direct route. If you need written directions, then go to ywamva.org/our-base

May I go home on holidays (like Christmas or Thanksgiving)?

Yes, each student should make special arrangements with their school leaders.

Discipleship Training School (DTS) FAQ

What are the start dates for the 2014 DTS calendar

The start date for the Sports & Fitness DTS are: January 5, April 2, & September 10, 2014
. The start date for the Winter DTS is: January 5, 2014. 
The start date for the Appalachian Trail DTS is: January 5, 2014.

Do I have to be 18 to do the DTS?

Yes, you have to be 18 or more to do the DTS.

How much does the DTS cost?

DTS Lecture Fees
 (All fees subject to change at any time)

Regular DTS (12 weeks) = $2950.00 USD
Sports and FitnessDTS (14 weeks) = $3450.00 USD

Scholarships are available for international students. For USA citizens, please contact school leaders for financial aid packages.

How do I pay for the application fee?

You can pay your application fee by clicking here.

How much does the DTS Field Assignment cost?

DTS Field Assignment Fees
$2000.00 USD ground fees + airfare to outreach destination
(Ground fees due one month before departure date & tickets upon request)

How do I make a payment for student tuition?

You can make your payment by clicking here.

Which day should I arrive?

Students are permitted to arrive free of charges up to 3 days prior to the start of the DTS.

How much does the Application Fee cost?

Application Fee
 Non-refundable 
Single students = $50.00 USD
Married couples & Families = $50.00 USD

What does the DTS costs include?

The costs include room, board, teachings, books, ground transportation, outreach emergency insurances, conferences & fitness center dues. They do not include airline tickets, immunizations, laundry, lecture phase health or life insurance.

Where is the outreach going to be?

It depends. We have already sent people to a lot of different places, like Amsterdam, India, Angola, Brazil and many others more. But the final answer comes from God.

Do I have to speak English to do the DTS?

Yes, since our classes are in English you need to be able to understand and to speak English fluently. We do not offer a bilingual DTS at YWAMVA.

English Language & Culture FAQ

What can I learn at the English Language & Culture school?

You can learn English as a second language and the basics of American culture in the United States.

Which day should I arrive?

Students are permitted to arrive free of charges up to 3 days prior to the start of the school.

Can I do the ELC with only basic English?

Yes, of course! We have different levels of classes.

What should I bring with me?

Towels, personal medicines, swimsuits, cosmetics, an alarm clock, and whatever you think that could be necessary.

What study material should I bring with me to do the ELC?

You should bring a bilingual dictionary, an English Bible, a pencil, a pen and a notebook.

Do I need health insurance to do the ELC?

Yes, you need a 3 months insurance, otherwise you may not be able to do some activities with the rest of the students.
 Be sure to buy the policy before you come. Normally you can buy this policy with your travel agency.

How long is the ELC?

The spring school is 12 weeks.
The fall school is 13 weeks.

What’s the ELC contact e-mail address?

elc@ywamva.org

You can also find all our e-mail addresses on our contact page.

Human Performance Center FAQ

Check out the website at HPCRichmond.com.

Richmond Ropes FAQ

What is Richmond Ropes?

Richmond Ropes is a high and low ropes challenge course offering affordable, educational, inspiring and fun experiences to groups of all ages and sizes.
At Richmond Ropes, the challenges are physical, mental and emotional. Our 5 high elements and 11 low elements are designed to encourage teamwork, leadership, problem solving, confidence, trust, creativity, perseverance, interdependence and communication. All conveniently located in the East End of Richmond Virginia. Come have fun and test your limits!

How do I schedule a time for my group?

First, fill out a Group Reservation Request by clicking the ‘Sign Up Today’ button on the homepage of the richmondropes.org website. The information from this form will help us understand your group, your goals and objectives. One of the questions involves the date and time you’d like to come out. We will make every effort to accommodate your desired schedule. Next, we require a $50 deposit to hold your date. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to your final balance. You can pay your deposit by clicking the link at the end of your request form, or we can send you an invoice once you’ve contacted us or sent in your survey. Once you’ve received that invoice, you can pay it by check, credit card or electronically–whichever is most convenient for you. We will also send you a contract which you must sign and return in order to finalize your reservation. Please note: your date and time are not reserved until all three things – request form, deposit and contract – have been received in our office and acknowledged (generally via email) by a member of our staff.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel?

Please contact us as soon as you know you need to change your plans. In some cases, we can hold your deposit and any fees that have been prepaid and apply them to your rescheduled date. If you cancel within two weeks of your reservation, you may be required to pay a cancellation fee-see your contract for more information.

What should my group members wear to Richmond Ropes?

Because many of our challenges are located in the woods and all of them require physical activity, we encourage all participants to wear closed-toed shoes, regardless of the time of year. We also suggest that they wear clothing appropriate to the weather and season (short sleeves in the summer, layers in the fall and winter) in which they can move about freely. If you can’t climb a ladder in those jeans or lift your arms above your head in that shirt, we suggest that you choose more appropriate clothing.

What else do we need to bring with us?

If you haven’t turned them in to us already, we require that you bring a filled out Richmond Ropes Release form for each participant. Participants under 18 must have their form signed by a parent or legal guardian. In the summer months, we suggest bug spray and sunscreen, as many of our activities take place in wooded areas and others out in the sun. In all seasons, we ask that participants bring filled water bottles—hydration is key to a fun, safe day of physical activity!

What happens if the weather is bad?

We monitor the weather conditions regularly and will contact you if we feel that the weather on your scheduled date presents an unsafe situation. Outside of safety issues, however, the decision is up to you. All of our equipment at Richmond Ropes works the same wet, dry, hot or cold, but we know that people sometimes aren’t as versatile. You know your group and what they will or won’t be able to handle. We don’t want your group to miss out because of a little wind or rain-but we also want your experience with us to be a good one. If you are concerned about the weather for your scheduled date, please give us a call and we can discuss options for modifying our plans or rescheduling your outing.

Who can benefit from a challenge course experience?

People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from time on a challenge course because the way that we learn-experientially-means that there are as many lessons as there are participants, and those lessons are more accessible and lasting because they are experienced firsthand, not learned theoretically or by rote.

Some of my group members have health issues/physical limitations. Can they still participate and benefit from time on the ropes course?

Absolutely. Our desire is that everyone who wishes to experience and learn at Richmond Ropes be able to do so, without regard to or being made to feel uncomfortable about their health issues or physical limitations. So just let us know, when you are scheduling your time, about any limitations your group members may have and we will discuss options with you and plan accordingly.

How do you plan our time at Richmond Ropes?

Each group’s time at Richmond Ropes is individually planned to meet the goals and objectives of its leaders. Our best tool to do this, besides our conversations with you, is your Group Reservation Request. This is why we require receipt of that form before we can confirm your group’s reservation.
What sizes and ages of groups do you work with?

We work with groups of all ages and sizes. We recommend that a group have at least 10 participants. Participants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign their medical release form.

When is Richmond Ropes open?

We can do portable initiatives (see next answer) all year round, but the course itself is open by appointment Monday through Saturday from the first Saturday in April to the week before Christmas, weather permitting. We currently offer two time slots per day, starting at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
My group’s biggest challenge will be to get to the course due to logistical issues (time, funding, transportation, etc).

Can you come to us?

Yes. We can bring portable initiatives-games and challenges that take place on the ground-to your location. Portable initiatives are a great way for groups that cannot make it out to the course for scheduling, cost or other logistical reasons to benefit from many of the same experiential lessons they might learn on the ropes course, all from the comfort and convenience of their own location.

What are your rates?

We offer a wide range of options at a wide range of prices. Please click on the ‘Packages’ tab above for more information and please contact us with any questions.

Do you offer discounts?

We offer discounted rates for not-for-profit organizations (specifically those that work with underprivileged or at-risk youth) and educational institutions. As a ministry organization, we don’t want to turn anyone away because of financial issues-so please, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Got questions?

Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have using our quick contact form at the bottom of the page. Or you can talk to us by phone or email, just check our contact page for more info. You can even live chat with us at the bottom of the page if you prefer. Look forward to hearing from you!