Gap Year South Africa | Warriors Academy

Who We Are

Specialists in personal and outdoor pursuit development

Warriors Academy opened its doors in 2004 with the vision to create a dynamic program that would see each and every participant grow in all areas of their lives.  We are passionate about equipping young men and women with the skills and life experiences they need to succeed at university, in a career, the workplace and in life.

The Warriors program is distilled into five pillars, which are integrated and delivered in 4 modules of seven weeks each. Each module has a flagship adventure activity complimented with a rich and varied assortment of diverse activities. These are available over different time periods during the year to cater for increasing requests from schools, youth institutions and parents. 

Each is conveniently showcased on our website. Our flagship program is our four seven week seasonal quests: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. 

Although we recommend a full year participation, each Quest with its unique features, make it possible for a student to join in at any time of the year and participate in a range of experiences that are designed around five pillars:

The Warriors program provides young people with the edge on a future with promise and potential.  We know that competencies such as an understanding of EQ (Emotional Quotient) skills, time, stress and conflict management, leadership, and now more recently ”followership”, team work and collaborative problem solving and creativity will become increasingly important in a global economy.

Coupled with an acute personal, environmental and social awareness, young graduates have to be carefully prepared to enter the job market with skills and competencies not always fully provided by even the best schools. We equip young people with skills that stand out in applications to universities and in the eyes of potential employers.

To address this we have designed a range of programs or Quests, that enhance and enrich existing areas of personal development and produce 'stand out global citizens' complementing modern parenting needs. Each of the four Quest runs for seven weeks. Participants may enrol in any, or all of the Quests.

The foundation of the program is to support the transition of entering adulthood. Being completely different from the typical well-worn commercial gap-years, Warriors has had exceptional results and success for over a decade.

After the successful year on the Warriors program participants may apply for the Warriors Outdoor Pursuits Specialist Program. This is a selected portfolio of outdoor pursuit skills designed to fully equip a graduate with the required outdoor and personal competencies expected from a demanding and rapidly growing industry.

Situated in a malaria free part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, nestled in the mountains of Magoebaskloof, Warriors Base Camp is the home of a life changing experience. 

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