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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fill the GAP with a Prep Year We must rather go with the choice that scares us the most because it is this choice which will help you grow. Many young people are entering the grown-up world with no clue as to who they are, how the world works, and much less as to what they want to do with their lives. These uncertainties along with increasing...
Putting a Year Aside As Brian Tracy, an American – Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” Sitting there, studying for the final exam of your school life. You have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do with your...
Invest in Yourself Where do I begin? It’s really not the end of the world if you do not have it all figured out yet, just start somewhere. Find something you love Times have changed and young people are not settling for jobs just to make ends meet like older generations did, instead they are looking for something that will be fulfilling and make...
Prep Jaar Rapporte
Ons Prep Jaar studente vertel van hulle ondervindinge by die Just Africa Life Skills voorbereidingsjaar.
Skills Development Program
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.