Warriors Academy Gap Year

Warriors Academy


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.



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Warriors Review

At warriors I had the best time of my life . I learned so much from it it’s hard to describe how much benefit warriors will bring to your life and how much value you can add my participating in this program. The variety of the activities which you do is very special and you won’t find this anywhere else. The people with who you surrounded with are amazing and so helpful in every way. I really really enjoyed my time here and I won’t forget this for the rest of my life. I am very sure that I will remember the things that I learned and experienced and adjust this to my daily life. Thank
You warriors for this incredible experience !

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Warriors Academy Autumn Quest

It’s amazing how close you can become to a group of strangers in just 7 weeks while all enduring the same difficult while exciting challenges. The support and enthusiasm that the facilitators and MAIs always gave the warriors was something I will never forget. Whenever I was feeling down or just not feeling up to doing something, they were always there to lift my spirits and push me to limits I never knew I could reach. I’ve never had so much fun while simultaneously being so proud of myself as I have on Warriors.
You are almost guaranteed to come back for a second quest.

  • Self astern booster
  • Skills booster
  • Lifelong memories made
  • Chance of injuries
  • Pushes your boundaries
  • Expensive
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I can honestly say that Warriors was one of the best experiences I've ever had, it was truly life changing and I couldn't have asked for a better gap year program. Not only were the activities exciting, amazing and well thought out but the people I met there and who run the program are some of the most genuine and kind hearted individuals, they made my experience even better and I've never felt more supported by a group of people in my life. I can't thank Warriors enough for what they've done for me and I can't wait to carry on with my Warriors journey.

  • Fitness
  • Life long friends
  • Support
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An amazing program

This program is an awesome experience for people who love being in nature and want to develop themselves, whether that be physically or mentally. The activities take you to places and experiences that are truly amazing. Even when the activities seem like they’re a lot, they’re always something that anyone can conquer if they’re willing. The facilitators are all enthusiastic, caring people who’re always ready to help push you to improve and keep going. The base camp is in a beautiful forest on a mountain.

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We went on a short hike during the first few days and afterwards we did a community service week with a group of kids getting a taste of the adventure of warriors as well as team building activities,then we did horse riding and a hike which is one of the many traveling opportunities around the country which is amazing and highly suggested for tourists, less than a week later we where half way through the quest and did tower cycle which was a scary mountain biking week where I fell off my bike and nearly died and ended up getting sum stitches which was painful but an amazing memory and a great story to tell, then for the last 2 week we went down to sodwana Bay and dived where we all saw sum beautiful turtles and many other fishes, this all added up to an amazing 7 weeks with many fun and memorable moments which was absolutely worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears

  • Food
  • Support
  • Fun
  • Scary
  • Spiders
  • Duties


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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.


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

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.

Hard work
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!


Professional Associations

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