Take a Year to develop yourself on a personal, mental, physical and spiritual level. Gain experience doing various courses, tours, and volunteer work. This year is jam-packed with amazing courses and experiences to help you Grow Personally and to Find your Passion.
What is the difference between a GAP Year and a PREPARATION Year?
When people hear GAP year, they usually conclude that you are taking a year off. A Preparation Year in contrast to this is a program designed to prepare students for their first year of higher education or finding a job.
Who should join this Prep Year?
This Preparation Year is for young people that are not sure what they want to do after matriculating as well as for those who want to gain experience doing various courses, tours, and volunteer work.
What work experience will I be exposed to?
You will get exposure and/or experience in the following areas: Marketing, retail, tourism, facilitating adventure activities, customer service, facilitating classes, working with children, managing people, marketing, etc...
Am I ready for a Prep Year?
The year will be what you make of it. We give as much as possible to each student, to give them the most opportunities to grow and learn, the rest is up to each student whether they seize these opportunities or not.
This program is a great add-on to our Preparation Year and gives young people the opportunity to get work experience in a safe environment while expanding their skillset and emotional intelligence.
This year is about gaining practical work experience and personal development while holding a part-time job and/or part-time studies and being involved in various internships as well.
This program offers a young person the opportunity to develop their PADI Scuba Diving career, doing various courses including our special Life Skills Courses, and gaining practical work experience.
This program is about becoming a well rounded PADI instructor by expanding the skill set and competencies of students, improving their prospects of work and employment dramatically.
The PADI accredited course is recognized worldwide, after successfully completing these tertiary studies you will receive all the certificates you need to become a PADI Scuba Dive Instructor.
Life Skills was started by Marius and Madelein Wolfaardt, we have been working with youth and children since 2004. We both are attuned to recognizing the potential in people and find it immensely rewarding to assist people on their walk of life, at whatever stage they might be. Learning life skills is not necessarily for people who have problems but it is beneficial to any person who wishes to improve their lives by doing worthwhile things, overcome challenges or get some guidance on their path of personal growth.
The development of life skills helps us to find new ways of thinking and solving problems.
In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. We help people tap into their full potential and define/achieve their goals for who they want to be and what they want to do.
The Life Skills & Coaching Programs is designed to encourage personal development in children, adolescents and adults and at the same time providing an outlet for stress; learning responsibility and the necessary skills to be successful individuals.
My Life Skill Journey “What an amazing, positive, scary, real, and exciting up, down and in circles roller coaster of a journey these last two years have been. I could never have imagined what was in store for me.” - Monet Bruwer We asked Monet some questions about her experience in the Preparation Year as well as the Skills Development program the year after that. Here is what she had to say in her own words. Why did you decide to join the Preparation Year?
Letting Go Incidents or traumas could have a massive impact on how we perceive the world and respond today. This we know. But, sometimes, it’s also what we perceive as ‘small’ incidents, the ones you would remember and then discard just as quickly because it seems too insignificant to have an effect on you now. What I have learned is to not downplay things that seem to pop up every now and then. If there’s a bee, there’s a nest. And, if it’s having an effect on you now it’s important enough to pay attention to.
Half Preparation Program Not ready to commit to a full Preparation Year? No problem, enroll for a Half Prep Year! Same benefits, just less time... What's great about this option is that it has all the same benefits as the Prep Year, except for the time commitment (6 months) and the number of courses that will be completed. You always have the option to stay on for another 6 months, if you decide that you want to complete a full year. There are two courses that are compulsory. You can choose 2 or 3 of the remaining courses to complete in your Half Prep Year. See the courses here . Download Half Prep Year info (PDF)