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"Taste of Central Europe"

16 Nations, 34 locations, and many amazing people

Youth With A Mission Central Europe is an international mission movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known. 

The Central European region stretches from Poland in the north to Greece in the south, and from the Black Sea in the east to the Adriatic Sea in the west. With a population of 134 million people, this is a diverse and culturally colorful area. YWAM Central Europe is comprised of 16 beautiful nations, all of which are filled with unique people groups, landscapes, and cultures. Throughout this region, we have both large missional communities, as well as small teams of missionaries – some of which have been serving their communities for decades, while others are currently in the process of pioneering. Amongst our numerous locations, you will find many Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), secondary schools with YWAM’s University of the Nations (U of N), as well as a myriad of ministries in every shape and form. 

We encourage each individual to serve in ministries that fit their unique, God-given giftings. Three main areas we focus on as a mission are evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. Like in 1960 when YWAM was founded, we still focus on championing our youth, but it has expanded into much more than that! People who volunteer with us range from young, vibrant youth to families to the wise and experienced, and everyone in between. 

YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, convey the message of the gospel, and care for those in need. 

We long to see the people of Central Europe fully alive and redeemed, walking in their true identity and intimacy with Jesus, and uniquely influencing the nations with the gospel of the kingdom of God. 





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How to Become a Full-Time YWAMer

However you feel called to serve God, you can likely do it in YWAM Central Europe! Being on staff with YWAM is an adventure in faith and in life. You can join our staff at one of our numerous locations for a couple of years or stay for life! In many of our locations, one of the joys of joining staff is to serve side-by-side with people from a variety of nations.

To join YWAM staff you first need to complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS). DTS is the prerequisite to all our other trainings and opportunities, and is offered at many of our locations here in Central Europe.

Recent Stories

Have a look at our recent stories from our amazing communities around Central Europe. 


Mission teams back in Banja Luka

Mission teams back in Banja Luka

In the last two weeks of June, we hosted two mission teams back to back here in Banja Luka. After not having any teams for almost a year and a half, it was refreshing having teams come again!  The first team of 8 was with InterVarsity from the USA and were...

God’s heart for YWAM Vlore

God’s heart for YWAM Vlore

The year 2020, to put it lightly, was “weird” for all of us. COVID restrictions were tight and we as YWAM Vlore did not see either DTS teams coming or family and friends visiting. One thing we could do and no one could prevent us from doing, is to pray for our city...

When are we going to camp this year?

When are we going to camp this year?

It's a nice spring day in Henri Coandă, the community where we are working on a weekly basis. As soon as kids see our staff they run up to us and ask: “When are we going to camp this year? Can I come as well?” The nice weather tells them that summer is coming and...