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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Joshua
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors academy was a great experience were i was able to grow a lot and learn a lot more about myself and the world around me. I was able to do things that were normally just a fantasy. We hiked, cycled (I only cycled twice though), cooked, danced, went horse riding amd best of all was the scuba diving. We were given great instructors for all these activities which made it so much easier even for a city person like myself. The opportunity that the Warriors academy gave me is something that you can’t get anywhere else.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was by far when I broke my collarbone and needed to get surgery. I overcame this however thanks to the support given to me by the staff and fellow participants at the program.
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Aislinn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors was definitely an experience I needed. I know now that I came here for a reason. Before Warriors I was unhappy without even knowing it. I came here with low expectations and was so surprised to find that it was perfect for me. There are no words I can strong together to properly describe how emence this journey is. If you feel like it’s not for you it definitely is for you (: From no exercise to suddenly having to do it every morning was an adjustment but so so worth is! I am happy as I am now!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest or best moment is when the whole group is together watching the YouTube videos of Warriors. Everyone is laughing whenever they see their faces and it’s so genuine and happy. They make me happy (:
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Etienne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This Gap Year Program is perfect for someone who wants an adventure, eg. cycling, hiking, running and even something as crazy as a diving course in Mozambique. I personally also gained a lot of self confidence and structure on a day to day basis. The hiking that you will do is something to remember for the rest of your life. You also do some cool courses like a self-defense course and also a public speaking course that are both very helpful for the rest of your life. I would really refer this to a student.

What was your funniest moment?
The funny late night conversations with my friends.
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Annabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came to Warriors from America nervous to be in a new place and with new people. As soon as I reached base camp all of that changed. The warriors program if filled with the most supportive and kind people you ever met. The facilitators are always there to help and the group is amazing. I recommend warriors to anyone who loves outgoing, adventurous and all around awesome people. The adventures we went on were once in a lifetime, especially getting the opportunity to hike in the Kruger National Park. Come to warriors if you want to change your life!!!

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Antoni
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Coming to warriors I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, the program was unlike anything I've done before and I arrived taking everything with a grain of salt.

Throughout my 7 weeks during the quest there were many ups and downs, but I'd say the most meaningful part of warriors for me was its introduction to the concept of self mastery and its promotion of personal growth.

At Warriors they promote the idea that one can do anything once they have themselves in check which I found inspiring.

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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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