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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Yes, I recommend this program

It is the best thing my parents could’ve made me do warriors is such a comforting environment that promotes so much space for growth and self improvement.At warriors you get pushed out of your comfortzone more than you would like but it really plays a key role by doing this I have realised a great deal of self improvement, I left warriors with more knowledge and a strong sense of drive to keep on improving so that I can just keep bettering myself. Warriors has taught me to appreciating myself, the people around me and my environment. Warriors is just one of the best places if you want to achieve growth or personal development and you will just realise that you have so much potential .The people at warriors just make the experience and they truly feel like family. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had at warriors for anything there is so much adventure, thrill and self improvement that you find in this gap year program I am just grateful that I have the opportunity to do the Autumn Quest and I am soooo excited !!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I arrived. I just came to have a good time and make some great memories and I definitely did. But it didn't stop there! Warriors gives you the perfect opportunity to push yourself and explore your boundaries. Apart from all that, you'll make some amazing friends, among both other 'Warriors' and the incredibly friendly and supportive staff. It will be different from what you expect when you arrive but for anyone unsure whether they should sign up, I promise you won't regret it

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
1. Bring a jur of Nutella
2. Bring a second jar of Nutella

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Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed warriors. Its a place Where You learn a lot and have a lot of fun at the same time. I would recommend warriors to anyone. If you like hiking and cycling this is the place for you. At the warriors you will excercise a lot so if you want to lose weight this is a good choice. The programme also really helps with your selfperspective. If you want to make more and even better friends than you already had go the warriors. I liked the trips the most where you do a lot of different stuff.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The kruger hike I have seen so many execitings things like a elephant from a fewmeters and other animals.
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Yes, I recommend this program

What i learned here is becoming physically fit again and to think about what i wanna do with my future. What i really liked were the trips. The wolkberg hike i liked a lot although my shoes burned and i had to walk 25 k on flip flops. The cycle safari i liked the most cause we went to beatiful places where we did a lot fun activities like going to the endangered species centre and doing the poiki competition . And then we also have the kruger tour where our group got attacked by a buffalo which was a really unique but at the same time sad experience. But in the end it was us or the buffalo so i am happy we all came home safe. And maybe the most important thing of this 7 weeks are all the friends i made

What was your funniest moment?
The trips i liked the most, but overall i liked everything especially the self mastery and the workshops. But i can recommend this to everyone who wants to do something usefull and work on theirselves, cause you are gonna learn so much thing you didn't even know you liked. For me this were the best 7 weeks in my life, cause when i look back to the quest i learned so many things
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Yes, I recommend this program

Warriors Academy South Africa is a bucket list item for any Gap year candidate. This is our second time around, with my second son attending Warriors Academy. My son has finished his matric year in 2020 and is part of the 2021 Warriors group who just completed his first Summer Quest. I can highly recommend Warriors Academy for anybody. I cannot explain how much he has grown in the 7 weeks as a Warrior. Mentally, emotionally and physically stronger than ever. We cannot wait for Autumn Quest.
Keep up the excellent work.


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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!


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