This course is part of the Humanities & International Studies from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.


(Full learning weeks)




Do you want to develop cross-cultural skills and improve your English? The English and Cultural Orientation (ECO) School exists to do just that. The ECO school offers total immersion in the English language, while also exploring God’s heart for the many rich and diverse cultures around the world. Whether your calling is into missions or into the spheres of society, this school will help prepare you to work cross-culturally and communicate in English.

This school is upon to those of every nation and language and offers intermediate and advanced English language tracks depending on your level of experience. The ECO School gives you genuine cross-cultural experience on our international campus including in worship, prayer, small groups and work duties – all in the English language.


DATE:  8 April – 28 June 2019

COST: £2150


In addition to developing your English skills (listening, speaking and writing) the ECO school includes teaching on the following topics:

  • What is culture?
  • Know your own culture: hot vs. cold
  • The gospel and culture
  • Entering another culture
  • Acceptance and trust
  • Social skills
  • Understanding other faiths
  • Cross-cultural communication: listening and being heard
  • Tensions and difficulties: overcoming barriers
  • Culture shock

Outreach/Field Placement

Following this course, trainees may have the opportunity to do a field-based internship with one of our partner locations in the UK.


Damares Carvalho

Damares is originally from Brazil and has been part of YWAM for over 25 years. She has extensive international experience and served in a variety of ministry roles. Damares is married to Paulo and they have 3 children, they have been here together in England for the last 11 years.

Damares has a passion to understand and celebrate different cultures. Leading the ECO is a great pleasure as it gives her opportunity to do this.


If you would like help completing our application form please contact us at  At this time we also have application forms available in both Portuguese and Spanish available for you to use upon request.


If you have any questions regarding this school, please email:

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