Warriors Academy - Specialists in personal and outdoor pursuits development

Warriors Academy


Warriors Academy has developed an intensive self development program using a wide range of intrinsic and extrinsic activities. The program is divided into four quests, each with a flagship activity and supported by a variety of secondary activities. This is a dynamic program that will push you to your boundaries and beyond.



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Yes, I recommend this program

I participated in the 2020 summer quest and would highly recommend this program to any who is not sure of what they are going to be doing with their future.
Base camp is set in the beautiful mountains in Limpopo. A beautiful backdrop during which I learned a lot about myself during Toltec week and on many of the other adventures. I met lots of new people who started out as strangers but became family in the end. I am very sad I am unable to complete the other quests due to the Covid pandemic.
South Africa

What would you improve about this program?
I would not change a single thing. This gap year program is perfect
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The meaning of warriors for me is being strong and not giving up. Warriors have driven me towards my purpose and fulfilled me with inner and outer strength. It thought me discipline and self confidence. The importance of integrity. And how working together does not only makes things better for others but also for yourself.

Every person here thought me something. Agree to disagree. And in the end it all comes down to win win. We all came here for one reason and that is to better our self in some areas in our life.

The incredible thing about being part of Warriors is that you have the opportunity to get answers for things you've always questioned. People who support you and give you advice on years of knowledge and experience. We may not be family by blood but we know each other better than most families do.

How I see it is you can either come here to enjoy it like you would on vacation and do the Adventure part. Or you can better yourself while being on an adventure.

Before I came to warriors my life was pretty blurry. I didn't see a way through. I had no determination to do the things that had to be done. In the beginning it was hard but you get used to the tough times.

The amount of knowledge I gained is unexplainable. I see things differently now. Life is different now.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Have more people from around the world to join in on the adventure and physical and mental challenges.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Most entertaining way to spend your gap year possible, they have a bit of anything for just about everyone. You'll improve yourself both physically and mentally and have fun while doing it. The program really pushes you and makes you leave your comfort zone in order to grow as a person and this is probably my favourite aspect of the program.
The staff are also a great addition to the program, being more than just facilitators, they are like a friend that you can look up to and learn from.
Would recommend to just about everyone!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Within the first week of being here we learnt how to walk on fire.
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Being from the Netherlands I've never been an outdoors person since there is no outdoor scene where i come from. The first few weeks where tough for me but i noticed that i grew a lot in all aspects of my life. I would have never thought i would be a person that enjoys running and going out on adventures but now its all i want to do. This adventure would not be the same if it wasn't for the people here, the staff is absolutely amazing and they play a big role in the development we go through here. I would recommend everyone that gets the opportunity to come here to take it.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
In the first few weeks we did a triathlon, i never thought I would be able to do that but i ended finishing way earlier than i would have expected.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible experience especially first quest where you challenge yourself emotionally during Toltec. From just that one week I created unexpected bonds with people and it set the tone for the rest of the 6 weeks. So sad to be leaving warriors but I feel ready and prepared to go to university and grow even further. I have learned life long skills that I wish every kid coming out of high school could have the chance to experience and the staff are phenomenal at supporting and molding some very broken people into functioning young adults.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that gap year programs were a more common option for students coming out of school. Not just targeted to people who don’t know there next step In life.


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Warriors Academy
Warriors Academy Gap Year Program in South Africa
South Africa
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The Warriors Academy Gap Year program is aimed at developing each...

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!


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