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The Preparation Year & Half Prep Year are 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. The life skills we teach are practical life skills and emotional life skills. We have a holistic approach and focus on a balanced body, soul, and spirit.

This can be viewed as a formative time for young adults to become independent and learn a great deal of responsibility prior to engaging in continued education or work life. This Prep Year/ Half Prep Year consists of courses, internships, learning a trade, travel, and volunteer work, all for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. This is intended to expand the mind, personal confidence, experiences, and interests. These preparation programs are built on Fundamental Biblical Truths and Christian Beliefs.

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Courses Summary:

Biblical Foundation Course / Discipleship / Mission work

First Aid / Scuba Diving / Photography / Introduction to Marketing / Online & Facebook Marketing / Entrepreneurship

Emotional Life Skills / Practical Life Skills / Language / Career Guidance / African Cultures

Internships / Tours & Travel / Ocean Conservation


Breakdown of the courses we offer at the Just Africa Life Skills Prep Year/ Half Prep Year:

* NOTE: There are two programs that are compulsory for the Half Prep Year students (Introduction to Business Management & Entrepreneurship and Internships & Volunteer Work). You can choose 2 or 3 of the remaining courses to complete in your Half Prep Year.

Biblical Foundation Course

Classes on topics such as Personal Work, Discipleship and Christology, Mission work, and Evangelism will be presented. The students will have the opportunity to practically apply what is learned at outreaches.

  • The Road to Redemption
  • Jesus our Saviour
  • The Will of God
  • Discipleship

Life Skills Courses
Personal Development

  • Growth Mindset
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Personal finance management
  • Life Skills Coaching
  • Etiquette
  • Christian Ethics
  • Character & Attitude
  • Time Management & Productivity

EFR (Emergency First Response)

  • Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) course.
  • Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) course.
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider Program.


  • Photography Basics
  • Photo Editing (Adobe Lightroom)
  • Underwater Photography

Introduction to Marketing

  • Basic computer and program skills
  • Web design and websites
  • Social media management
  • Human behavior

Facebook & Online Marketing

  • Business Image
  • Websites
  • Content Creation
  • Email Marketing
  • Landing Pages
  • Facebook & Instagram

Introduction to Business Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Starting a new business
  • Setting up a new business
  • Business management

Culture & Language Studies

  • Language & Communication in the work environment
  • Malawian culture & basic Chichewa
  • Understanding South African cultures

Career Guidance

It is important to us that our students leave the Preparation Programs with direction and purpose in life. Many matriculants do not yet know what they want to do with their lives, we offer an in-depth Career Assessment which consists of personality, interests, skills, and ability assessments to help with this big life decision.

SharkLife Conservation Course

  • Master Shark Diver Qualification - 6 Modules
    Conservation Awareness
  • Shark Identification Course

Marine Ecology Course

  • Coral Reefs
  • Reef Fish Ecology
  • Invertebrates

PADI Scuba Diving Courses


Students will take part in our various internships, gaining valuable work experience with:

Just Africa Mission NPC
• Just Africa Life Skills PTY LTD
Just Africa Scuba PTY LTD
Young Engineers Helderberg & Winelands

Volunteer work

Students will be doing volunteer work with the following organizations:

Just Africa Mission NPC
Two Oceans Aquarium
SharkSafe Barrier
PADI Project Aware


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We advise you to arrange a consultation with us to discuss the available options and whether one of these programs is the ideal fit for you.  If you would like to apply for the Just Life Skills Preparation Year or Half Preparation Program:



More Development Programs:

Skills Development Program

Career Development Program

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This program is a great add-on to our Preparation Year and gives prep year graduates the opportunity to get work experience in a safe environment while expanding their skillset and emotional intelligence.

This program offers young people the opportunity to develop their PADI Scuba Diving career, doing various courses including our special Life Skills Courses, and gaining practical work experience.

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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.

Prep Year Courses

Not ready to commit to a full Preparation Year?

No problem, enroll for a Half Prep Year! Same benefits, just less time.

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What to expect from the Preparation Programs

You will be exposed to many kinds of job experience with internships and volunteer work.
You will learn how to apply the life skills you’ve gained with fellow students and within the various activities.
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.
The Prep Year is a one-year commitment divided into 4 terms.
The Half Prep Year is a 6-month commitment divided into 2 terms.
The preparation programs are full-time commitments. 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 Tours are vital to the success of the prep year. Each year is unique, some of the tours we offer are the Africa Tour, Shark & Dive Tour, SA Coast to Coat as well as international destinations.

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
Prep Year and Internship Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

about the Prep Year
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.

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