Gap Year South Africa

Provider

We are an intimate Gap Year program that provides a platform for you to embark on your own personal journey of self-discovery, where you will learn new skills like Leadership; Independence; Initiative and creative expression.
Our Volunteer programs are uniquely designed to be flexible and cater for everyone's individual interests as we remain well connected and plugged into existing NGO's that are on the forefront of bringing about Change in South Africa.
We are based in the vibrant Cape Town, which is the Metropolitan of South Africa, and lends the opportunity for exciting and adventurous weekend tours and travel.

Gap Year South Africa

Programs from Gap Year South Africa

  • South Africa
    The Surfing Program is designed for all levels of surfing, whether beginner or intermediate this program caters for you. Our...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • "These kids have taught me more than any of my school teachers ever could" vol
    South Africa
    We offer a variety of volunteer and surfing projects. You can join the Hillsong Africa Foundation in Christian outreach, or...
    2 reviews
  • South Africa
    Gap Year South Africa have teamed up with Hillsong Africa Foundation to bring about an epic Christian Outreach Program....
    2 reviews
    Community Photos
  • A view from above in Cape Town
    South Africa
    Join Gap Year South Africa for an adventure during your gap year. This volunteer adventure program give volunteers the...

Program Reviews

  • Kevin
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Brunswick Maine
    University of Southern Maine
    10/10
    Gap Year South Africa
    12/14/2015

    Gap Year South Africa was the first time I ever traveled on my own and was an amazing experience. The program is set up so you feel comfortable and safe at all times. The owner is amazing and always there for you. As well, South Africa is a absolutely beautiful country. The simple daily train ride from Fish Hoek to Muzinberg was something I would look forward to everyday as it ran along the ocean offering a beautiful view. As well GYSA is the reason I fell in love with surfing. Since leaving I have traveled to Central America for a surf trip as well as moved to southern California. GYSA gave me the confidence to continue to travel and explore other cultures. GYSA was the best choice I could of made and will be something I remember for the rest of my life.

    How could this program be improved?

    It was a little pricey but still absolutely worth it.

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  • Rebecca
    University of Cumbria
    10/10
    Loved every moment!!
    12/03/2015

    Going to SA with GYSA was a massive step outside of my comfort zone but I really felt God calling me there. I decided that for my Gap Year I would go for 3 months as I'd never really been away from home for that long before. The team at HAF were so awesome! They really helped me grow as a person and help me to really overcome the social anxiety that i experienced. It was so great having Jess, Martha and Clive there to help me get to know my surroundings and really settle in. I felt really welcomed and really at home while I was there! GYSA has really opened my eyes to knew experiences and challenges! Thank you so much for everything that GYSA and the HAF team have done for me! I hope to come back again soon!!!!

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  • Jack
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Boston, MA
    Merrimack College
    10/10
    Life Changing
    12/02/2015

    The time I spent with Gap Year South Africa's surfing program was an unbelievable three month adventure. I had no clue how to surf going into it, but you quickly learn and the people with GYSA and the Surf Emporium make it very easy. You quickly become immersed in the Muizenberg surf community, and by the end you feel like a local. The Cape Peninsula is such a beautiful area and there is so much to do in Cape Town, it is impossible to be bored. I had the time of my life, and am trying to find a good study abroad program in Cape Town so I can go back and do it all again. I recommend this to everyone, you simply cannot find a better study abroad program.

    How could this program be improved?

    Nope this one is

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  • Katja
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Kronberg, Germany
    Other
    10/10
    Serving God & his people in one of the most beautiful places in the world
    06/16/2015

    My time with GYSA and Hillsong South Africa was one of the most amazing times of my life! It's the perfect package as you can concentrate on serving God and the people/ kids in the townships, everything else is taken care of by GYSA. You live in a beautiful home, Martha our big sister and mother is taking care of the house and making the best and yummy food, Clive is taking you to all your projects and Jess is making sure you can serve in the projects that you care for, that match with your personality & interests and that your time in South Africa becomes more than you could have ever imagined. Fish Hoek is a lovely place and the house is just 5 min away from the beach. I don't even wanna start speaking about how beautiful Cape Town and the area around is - so many beautiful places to discover just at your door step. And Hillsong South Africa has become my spiritual home that I miss until this day! I have met amazing people, made friends for life, got so many hugs from sweet little South Afrian kids to last a lifetime, got to discover new parts of myself and deepen my relationship with God. What more could anyone ask for! Thanks Jess, Martha & Clive for this wonderful time - hope to see you again one day!!!

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    Penguins at Boulders Beach
    Can't get much closer than this
    So much fun with these kids
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  • Katie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston
    Washington University in Saint Louis
    10/10
    GYSA Review
    06/16/2015

    I absolutely loved this program!! If you have the opportunity to go travel to South Africa with GYSA, you should definitely should.

    During my time with GYSA, I helped out with the Community Development Program. The program was very flexible--I spent my first few days in Cape Town visiting different organizations to put together a personal volunteering schedule that I was excited about. Ultimately I spent most of my time working in pre-schools and and a disabled school in the township Masiphumelele. The time I spent volunteering was both meaningful and enjoyable.

    GYSA is a wonderful and unique program for a number of reasons. You are living in a lovely house surrounded by other people your age, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The house atmosphere really accelerates the friendships you make. When you are living with ~10 other people, you quickly become friends.

    When you're not volunteering (or surfing or helping with Hillsong) there are almost unlimited fun activities to participate in. GYSA helped my group organize a number of touristy activities, such as visiting Robben Island and snorkeling with seals. And even just planning among ourselves we managed to put together a variety of fun weekend adventures. Also, the night life in Cape Town is great. There was never a boring moment.

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