The Preparation Year can be viewed as a formative year for young adults to become independent and learn a great deal of responsibility prior to engaging in University life. The prep year is built on Fundamental Biblical Truths and Christian Beliefs.
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Just Africa Life Skills Preparation Year

This Preparation Year is to guide a young person into their future, taking further education, life skills, emotional intelligence, gaining work experience and job availability into consideration.


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Is this Prep Year for you?

Not sure what you should do after matriculating? Are you interested in personal growth and understanding yourself better? Do you like challenging yourself and learning new things? If your answer is yes, then this preparation year is for you.

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What you can expect



You will be exposed to many kinds of job experience with the internships.


You will learn how to apply the life skills you’ve gained with fellow students and within the various internships.


You will be introduced to many different kinds of careers available, opening up your mind to new possibilities.


You will be learning and growing within a mentoring relationship.

Overview of the courses we offer at the Just Africa Life Skills Prep Year

Foundation Course


Classes on different fundamental Biblical topics will be presented and the students will have the opportunity to practically apply what is learnt at the outreaches.
Prep Year Courses


• Growth Mindset & Emotional Intelligence
• Communication & Conflict management
• Personal finance management
• Life Skills Coaching
• Christian Ethics
• Time Management & Productivity
Prep Year Courses


We offer an in-depth Career Assessment which consists of personality, interests, skills and ability assessments to help with this big life decision.
Prep Year Courses
• Emergency First Response - CPR/ First Aid/ CPR & AED
• Diver Management Emergency Program
Prep Year Courses


• Basic computer and program skills
• Web design and websites
• Social Media management
• Human behavior
Prep Year Courses
• Photography Basics
• Outdoor Photography
• Underwater Photography
• Photo Editing (Adobe Lightroom)
Prep Year Courses
& Language Studies


• Malawian culture and Chichewa language
• South African cultures
Prep Year Courses
Diving Course


• Open water course includes 3 pool sessions and two sea dives and all study materials.
• Speciality Courses & Advanced Certification optional.
Prep Year Courses


• Master Shark Diver Qualification
• Conservation Awareness
Prep Year Courses


The preparation year starts later in January and will officially end in the beginning of December. The Africa tour will then follow, reaching into the new year.


The preparation year is a full-time commitment. Terms will be the same as the school terms for the Western Cape.


Every term will be a new challenge with new courses that will be introduced. You will have assignments to do and books to read.


The Africa Tour and the Shark & Dive Tour are vital to the success of the prep year and students will be expected to attend them.

Prep Year Internships

Gain work experience with various internships during your preparation year.

Prep year students will take part in our various internships, gaining valuable work experience.
Just Africa Life Skills Adventure Camps

Africa Tour for Prep Year Students

A formative tour for young adults to become more independent and learn a great deal of responsibility.

More about the Africa Tour


Life Skills

The tour is intended to expand the mind, personal confidence, experiences & interests. Thus improving maturity, decision making and leadership skills.
This experience


• Introduction to Tourism
• Culture & Languages
• Life Skills...
Mission Work

Malawi & Mozambique

• Hand out Bibles & literature
• Help build church buildings
• Visiting churches...

Just Africa Mission

On this tour

What to expect:

• Visit Chobe National Park
• See the magnificent Victoria falls...

Africa Tour info

This tour is based on fundamental Christian beliefs, for the purpose of improving Bible knowledge & learning the basics of Christian work ethics.
Marius Wolfaardt
Marius Wolfaardt Director
AFRICA TOUR - Here's a short video of what Prep Year students can expect.

Shark & Dive Tour for Prep Year Students

Next tour Sept 2020
Our Prep Year students and outside students that enrol for the Shark Life Conservation Course get the option to go on a shark dive trip to Aliwal Shoal just south of Durban.

Aliwal Shoal has diverse marine life including large predators and is popular as a recreational scuba diving destination. The Shoal is known especially for its abundance of Grey nurse sharks (known locally as ragged tooth sharks or "raggies").
After doing their Open Water Certification, our students have the option of going on a Scuba Dive trip to Sodwana Bay. Here's a short video of what to expect.

Sodwana Bay is located on the east coast of South Africa, in one of the most unique and unspoiled parts of the world.

More Information

If you are interested in finding out more about the Just Africa Life Skills Preparation Year, please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss the preparation year and the complete cost breakdown.

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Voorbereidings Jaar Rapport 2017

Mari van Wyk vertel ons van haar ondervindinge by die Just Africa Life Skills voorbereidings jaar.

Prep Year and Internship Partners


We decided to send our daughter, Mari van Wyk to the prep year as she was not excactly sure what she want to do after finishing matric. We want her to become aware of how things work in the real world out there in a safe enviroment. We believe here at Just Life Skills, she will get perspective about her own future and she will find herself and strecth her own ablities. She is now learning working methods, time management and preparedness.

As a gap year student at Just Life Skills, she gets the chance to work with a lot of young people and that also means a lot of adventure most of the time. She is also experiencing a wide field of opertunities that is laying a basis to work from as she enters the adult world after this 1 year.

We thank Marius Wolfaart and the team for this great opportunity, and we believe Mari will gain a lot, attending this year with Just Life Skills.
Elaine van Wyk Mother
Ek as 'n voorbereidings jaar student van Just Africa Life Skills, kan eerste hands getuig hoe die groep se fasiliteerders soveel kinders se lewens aanraak. Die verskeie skole in die Helderberg area en die individu is so bevooreg om met JALS te kan werk.

Die afgelope maand het ek soveel van myself en die mense rondom my geleer. Ek sien uit om die res van die jaar verder te groei en te kan leer !!
Mari Van Wyk Prep Jaar Student