Warriors Academy Gap Year

Warriors Academy

About

Warriors Academy is an internationally accredited Gap Year program that has been running in South Africa for the past 17 years.
The Warriors Gap Year program is made up of four seasonal Quests. Each Quest is structured and has unique features and activities. These are focused on equipping young adults with emotional intelligence skills, time, stress and conflict management, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving while exploring and experiencing the best that South Africa has to offer. Students are able to choose to do any of our Quests or all 4 as part of the full Gap Year experience.
Our Gap Year involves adventure activities, personal coaching and self-mastery workshops aimed at building emotional fitness and strengthening both the body and mind. Some of these activities include hiking, kloofing, water rafting, bungee jumping, scuba diving, sailing, cycle safari’s, animal encounters and so much more.

Founded
2004

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Alfie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program is 100% with everything they do

Yeah warriors is an amazing place with such wonderful people and the activities we do and life skills that we learn are so good for thing that we will be needing to do in our future life's and everything you learn it sticks with you for the rest of your life it's not like school where u sitting in class and u forget what the teacher has been talking about for the past 40 mins here what they teach you, you do it the next day perfectly and if not they'll keep on pushing you and teaching you how to do it perfectly

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Expect the unexpected they don't tell you anything you are doing till the day which is exciting actually I prefer it that way if they did the program any different I don't think you would get the same experience of excitement
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Noah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Was the best year of my life meeting amazing people and making amazing friends

The best year of my life was being at warriors learning new skills and improving my fitness and making the best friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. You push your self mentally and physically for any activity that was tough. I came to this gap in the beginning of the year in feb. And I enjoyed everything that I accomplished at warriors I did the drakensburg 5 day hike I did Bungy jumping, sky diving and the adventure challenge which was the most insane and toughest challenge I have ever done but I loved this was the best year ever

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Brandon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors 2021

Warriors has taught me so much like how to grow not only physically but also mentally. My first year was an unbelievable experience. Making so many friends so fast and getting so close to everyone. It has been so much fun that I’m doing next year as a multi activity instructor (MAI). Can’t wait to get back to start a new year in 2022 in this beautiful place. I love warriors because they first helped me find who I really and and them took us on the most amazing adventures. From sky diving to rafting the orange river.

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Stephen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

MAI

The MAI program that warriors offers is an amazing program where you are pushed to be the best you possible and helping you overcome some things that you are struggling with, you learn a lot about different activities that range from public speaking to abseiling and many more. This year has taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of and with the help of the warriors staff, this years warriors and the MAIs I have overcome hurdles, I have been on some of the craziest and most exiting trips and I have met the most amazing people who I call family now.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment of the year was when we started the Drakensburg Grand Traverse. I was nervous about the 9 days that were ahead of us but I was super exited at the same time.
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Jelle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience once in a life time

I had my doubts going into the program, but I have had the best time possible. You get pushed to your limit and yes it does get tough. But what you get in return you can’t express!! I have created memories for life, some of which I will remember until the last day. You get an experience that rewards persists above everything else. You do what you have to complete your objective. But most important you do what is best for you, I have learned so much about myself aswell as my peers joining me in this amazing experience.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

Both my older brother and cousin have done this programme prior to me. Hearing what an amazing experience this was for them and seeing the change in them, made coming to this programme a very easy choice for me to make.

I've always liked to challenge myself, but never actually got out of my comfort zone in doing so.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Because my older brother already did the programme prior to me, there were a few things he could pass on to me - which was great.

Other than that, the Warriors Academy helped me out with stuff I couldn't get/bring myself since I live overseas and it ended up being a lot easier just getting it on site. These were mainly things for outside activities, such as biking gear, hiking gear, and a tent.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Just go in and participate in every way possible. Don't think about it, be open to experience everything. There will most definitely be things you won't like, but you'll be surprised finding out there are actually quite a few things you really do like, just never had the opportunity to pursue it.

Also, as long as you put your mind to it, you're capable of doing everything and anything.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Okay, so it's quite valuable to know that literally every single day is different, let alone the weeks.
But generally, you start your day off with some lovely morning exercise after which you return to your rooms to shower and get ready for the day. After breakfast (if you're lucky, there are oats), you go and do whatever activity is planned for that day!

Somewhere around noon, you'll have lunch and somewhere beginning of the evening, dinner. That's pretty much all I can say about an average day. Food is great there.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I don't think there was a specific fear? I was lucky enough to have met most of the people who are in the organisation of this programme prior to me actually joining it. So I guess that already made me feel a lot more comfortable going to the other side of the world by myself.

Other than that, I would recommend being open-minded and not being afraid to talk to people whenever you're struggling with something.

If you could do this trip again, what would you change?

Looking back at my experience, I wouldn't change a thing. There were a few times I was very much set on not doing something, but I'm extremely happy I did end up doing these things/trying it out.

The thing is, during this incredible programme, there are a lot of opportunities that are thrown at you and most of these you won't get a chance of experiencing ever again. You don't want to look back regretting things you didn't do.

Be grateful, cause it's a chance in a lifetime!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Tumi

Job Title
Senior Facilitator
Tumi is every energetic passionate being! She loves to laugh and make a difference in other people’s lives!
Tumi

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling to Mozambique on a scuba diving trip! Just exploring another part of Africa made it so special to share with our international students!

Every day presented a new opportunity where a new diving skill was taught to the students. The importance of respecting nature. This was a trip with lots of stories and memories!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working at Warriors has allowed me to learn to give back without expecting anything in return. It’s allowed me to see students grow into amazing young adults.

I’ve learned to do everything with passion and always give it my all. It’s been truly rewarding having to be able to work with youngsters from around the world!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the students had a really tough time in school and just not fitting in on a social level! Warriors has taught him to embrace who he is and express himself the way he chooses to.

He learned to accept himself and has picked up the courage to face people on a social level! Allowing others to appreciate his uniqueness.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

The Toltec workshop! It’s a week where our students are given the opportunity to learn about themselves emotionally and learn to accept who they are!

This is a week where we also offer an opportunity to detox and learn a little bit more about a healthy lifestyle. We teach the importance of health is wealth!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes us unique is the fact that we are a melting pot of different cultures, races, and nationalities!

The best proud moment will always be at the end of a program where you see a transformation and the excitement within the students! This is the start of their journey into the big world and we’ve just equipped them with tools to take it on!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor in being a successful company consists of multiple attributes.

Passion
Energy
Hard work
Focus
Dedication
Integrity
And most importantly, teamwork! It takes a team to put together a successful project! Yet we should all share a common vision in order for it to work!

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