Warriors Academy

Overall rating: 8.8 based on 4 reviews

Program Description

The Summer Quest - February to March:

Summer Quest in South Africa is charged with sunny skies, hot days and warm nights. Sunscreen, sunglasses, slip-slops, (beach sandals), shorts and hats are used on a daily basis. With the traveling and outdoor activities cooling off is mainly done in natural pools. Activities mentioned happen on a daily basis bringing grounding and forming strong habits, growth and emotional wellbeing. Warrior’s values and principals are applied throughout the Quest to ensure a positive outcome, refer to “The Warriors website for detailed information.
The Summer Quest is built around the Toltec Emotional fitness course, Adventure Pursuits, Community Service, Workplace Ready courses and the Conservation Awareness and experience components.
EQ Fitness (Toltec) Deliver a fully developed EQ course covering:
A global/international outlook, collaborative, critical thinkers, creative innovators, EQ focused, self-reflective, leadership and followership development, team player and values focused, transformation to a solution oriented individual, generate high levels of responsibility and accountability, able to cope with change, greater emotional insight and resilience, implement self-correction, and an expanded capacity for observation, reflection and insight. This program sets the foundation for the quests that follow and is the cornerstone of the Warriors program
Adventure Pursuits
Abseiling, boat handling & loading, camp craft, cliff diving, cycling and cycle expeditions, Ebenezer Mile Swim, First Aid Level 1, hiking, kloofing expedition, mountain biking, orienteering rafting expedition – The Oliphant’s River rafting, adventure challenge race, and self-defence instruction.
Community Service
Ongoing local community service commitments, animal shelters, old age home visits and engagement with disabled children. Fund Raising for selected charities.
Workplace Ready
Part I Individual Framing. How to develop a professional identity and present a digital presence to the real world covering: Career considerations, Personal website, LinkedIn and Twitter Accounts, Social media etiquette, Online CV, Presentation skills, Personal wellness and healthy lifestyle, Sexuality Education, Time management, Stress management, De Bono - Thinking Skills workshop, Tertiary studies: what to expect and how to cope.
Engagement with the natural world
Living an Eco positive life style, developing Eco positive attitudes, interacting with the Endangered Species & Cheetah Project, the Khamai Reptile Centre, and the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Introduction to permaculture

The Autumn Quest - April to May

Autumn Quest in South Africa has warm days and cool nights. Summer clothing with extra jackets, thermal and fleece blanket will do. For most of autumn, the Warriors travel to warmer areas up north, keeping us away from Base Camp 70% of the time. Building on the experiences of the summer quest, the warriors have three major activities to undertake during the autumn quest.
Support for the competitors of the ten day Expedition Africa Adventure Race takes them into rural Africa where they face the physical and mental challenges of sleepiness nights, endless hours of off-loading and reloading bicycles, boats and resupply boxes. Shortly after this they relocate to Ponta do Oura in Mozambique for the two-week ocean open water diving course. The autumn quest is rounded off with a once in a lifetime seven-day wilderness hike in the northern Kruger National Park.
EQ Fitness (Toltec) Deliver a fully developed EQ
An ongoing practical application of principles and values work shopped in the Summer Quest. The full Toltec course may be offered if sufficient numbers warrant it.
Adventure Pursuits
Abseil Supervisors Course, Beach Clean-up, Dolphin Experience, Expedition Africa Service Team, Fire walking, Kloofing Expedition, Scuba - Mozambique - Ponta do Ouro, Scuba Diver (NAUI), Scuba Advanced Diver (NAUI), Scuba Rescue Diver (NAUI), Free Diving, Snorkelling, Ocean Paddling
Community Service
Ongoing local community service commitments, animal shelters, old age home visits and engagement with disabled children. Fund Raising for selected charities.
Workplace Ready
Part II Enterprise program, Entrepreneurial skills workshop, Personal Financial literacy and financial management, Business game (http://www.stockmarketgame.org), Photography / film workshop, Leadership and followership Skills, The rules of work, Creativity experiences, Introduction to Event Planning and Project Management, Introduction to Strategic thinking and planning.
Engagement with the natural world
Continuing with the eco positive attitude set in the summer quest, the autumn quest has as its highlight, the seven-day guided wilderness hike in the Kruger National Park. This is another once in a life time opportunity and an opportunity to fully experience the raw and untamed African bush from a safe but unsophisticated position, on foot and self-contained. Plans are in progress to include an interaction with the elephant and rhino sanctuary where you would complement the African conservation experience. Practical permaculture

Winter Quest - June to August

It's winter! It's really cold! Tracksuits, thermal underwear, beanies, jackets and an extra warmer blanket are now necessary. The winter quest has a number of highlights, which provide further challenges for the Warriors. Although temperatures drop at this time of year most of the activities take place where conditions range from balmy to mildly chilly. Off shore sailing, horse riding, hiking, interesting and stimulating cultural experiences and an intensive community service building program compliment the many shorter experiences that the Warriors are engaged in during the winter quest. Without doubt, the off shore sailing and the community service project have a lasting impact on the Warriors.
EQ Fitness (Toltec) Deliver a fully developed EQ
Moving into the winter quest, the relevance and application of the Toltec principles become more entrenched and compliment the holistic development of the Warriors.
Adventure Pursuits
Ocean Sailing, Adventure Racing, Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Caving, Zip Lining and Gorge swings, Chain Ladder on Drakensberg Amphitheatre Trail, Cradle Of Humankind, Cycling & Cycle Expeditions, Horse Riding, Orange Wine Tour, Natal Sharks Board, Sudwala Caves, Crystals Crawl, U-Shaka Marine World experience, Tugela Falls.
Workplace Ready
Ongoing application of the Part I and Part II course material. Business game continues. Practical application of Photography / film workshop.
Community Service
Ten day building project for a selected disadvantaged community. A bricks and mortar commitment to construct a valued structure for a lasting impact on a community (e.g. Classroom, Toilets, Community Centre). Ongoing local community service commitments, animal shelters, old age home visits and engagement with disabled children. Fund Raising for selected charities.
Engagement with the natural world
Living an Eco positive life style, developing Eco positive attitudes. A hands on rhino and elephant experience.

Spring Quest Activities - August to October

Spring is fresh, and a mixture of the seasons, stay prepared with your clothing... Again we are only at Base Camp for about 15% of the Quest, and now we move over towards the magical and popular Cape Province. Nothing can prepare one for the majestic presence of Table Mountain, the white sandy beaches and the radiant blue ocean along the Cape coastline. A South African experience would be incomplete without a visit the fairest Cape of them all. The spring quest presents both a celebration of South African and opportunities to continue to test the Warrior resolve through outdoor challenges but tempered with unique cultural and social experiences. Imagine a five day hike on the infamous Wild Coast of Southern Africa, a more relaxing tour of the Garden Route, interaction with the Knysna elephants, a visit to the historic Robben island, a tour of the Cape wine lands, a four day extreme Orange River rafting experience and the adrenalin rush of a skydive.
EQ Fitness (Toltec) Deliver a fully developed EQ
Moving into the spring quest, the relevance and application of the Toltec principles become more entrenched and compliment the holistic development of the Warriors. Should new participants join in sufficient numbers, a full course will be offered.
Adventure Pursuits
Adventure Racing, Bungee jumping, Rafting Training, Rafting Expedition - Orange River, Table Mountain and Signal Hill Hike, Train Ride and Peninsula Tour, Weapons Handling, Zip Slide - Fastest and Longest - Sun City experience, Caving, Day and night navigation, Shelter construction, Caving, Cliff diving, Skydiving - Tandem Jump and Skydiving Footage, Rope Work.
Workplace Ready
Ongoing application of the Part I and Part II course material. Business game continues. Practical application of Photography / film workshop, Entrepreneurship in action, introduction to event planning and participation.
Cultural Experience and Community Service
Robben Island, Cape Town Castle, Wine Route and Tour, Garden Route Tour, Plettenberg Bay, Port St Johns
Coffee Bay, Hole in The Wall, Theatre visits, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
Engagement with the natural world
Living an Eco positive life style, developing eco positive attitudes. Wild coast hike, walking with elephants, Practical permaculture, Robberg Nature Reserve.

Safety considerations remain a priority and whilst every effort is made to deliver the full program, we have to retain the option of flexibility depending on local conditions, weather and availability of venues. Should unavoidable changes be made we will guarantee a similar valued experience.

Highlights

You will be more emotionally, mentally and physically ready to take on adult hood. If you complete the 3 year course with us you will be qualified to pursue a career in outdoor activities and we will also help you find work in your 3rd year.
Each student has their own personal journey and will therefore have their own personal highlights to add.
We are a specialist in personal and outdoor pursuit development.
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Qualifications

When you complete a full 3 years with us 1 Year Gap will provide you with the 1st 7 qualifications
First Aid Level 1
Mechanical Skills
NAUI First Aid
NAUI Instructor Training Course
NAUI Prep Course
Abseil Supervisor Course
Coastal Skipper
River Guide
Hi and low rope
Naui ITC
Event planning and project management
Abseiling
Advanced Mountain Leader

What`s Included

Program cost includes:
Base-camp accommodation in log cabins
Accommodation and camping costs on all field trips
All meals (excluding socials)
All workshops, activities and exercises as per schedule
Transport to and from workshops, courses and activities
All activities as per schedule
Branded sport shirt x1, and personalised polar fleece x1
DVD with Quest Photos

Program cost excludes:
Personal clothing, equipment and damages or loss thereof
Personal bedding
Personal pocket money & social events
Equipment rentals
Laundry
Extra branded clothing
Extra activities, workshops and courses
Transport to and from airports, bus stations, individual unscheduled trips & emergency travel costs
Visa applications, printing costs etc.
Loss or damage of property you are responsible for
All fees related to medical and personal health supplementation

Program Locations

Magoebaskloof, South Africa

Overall rating 
8.8
Experience
10
Program Administration
9
Living Conditions
7
Cultural Immersion
9
Social Life
9
Health and Safety
9
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Program Details

Provider:
Warriors Academy
Location
  • South Africa: Magoebaskloof
Language:
Afrikaans, English
Duration:
6-12 months
Program Type:
Adventure Travel, Career Break, Eco-Tourism, Gap Year Expedition, Work & Travel/Gap Year Jobs
Participants:
Worldwide
Cost:
R47 250 per 7 week quest. Discount applies if all 4 quests are booked and paid for before January of starting year.

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    What a great program. Warriors is something out of this world. During my time there I have grown and learned more than I ever thought I could, while also going on tons of amazing adventures. Going on Warriors is the best decision I have ever made and I could not be more grateful for the experiences that I've had. Warriors is truly life changing, and I could not recommend this program more to anyone.
    Avatar Jody van Baren

    Brilliant program

    Review by: Jody van Baren , On: 20 Apr 2015, Changed On: 20 Apr 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    What a great program. Warriors is something out of this world. During my time there I have grown and learned more than I ever thought I could, while also going on tons of amazing adventures. Going on Warriors is the best decision I have ever made and I could not be more grateful for the experiences that I've had. Warriors is truly life changing, and I could not recommend this program more to anyone.
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    Response from Warriors Academy to Jody van Baren On: 20 Apr 2015
    Dear Jody
    Thank you for your review and know that you are always welcome to come and visit us any time.
    Kind Regards
    The Warriors team
    Overall rating 
    9.3
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    8
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    8
    What an amazing program. You become a family and you grow so much as an individual! I cant imagine My life without this program ever Being part of iT. Thank you , thank you thank you!!!' And i advice Every single young person out there to invest in this program! You wont regret iT!
    Avatar Tumi

    Amazing Program to be part of!

    Review by: Tumi , On: 07 Apr 2015, Changed On: 07 Apr 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    What an amazing program. You become a family and you grow so much as an individual! I cant imagine My life without this program ever Being part of iT. Thank you , thank you thank you!!!' And i advice Every single young person out there to invest in this program! You wont regret iT!
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    Response from Warriors Academy to Tumi On: 07 Apr 2015
    Dear Tumi

    Thank you so much for the review and words of inspiration.

    Kind regards
    Louise
    Overall rating 
    8.3
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    8
    Living Conditions
    8
    Cultural Immersion
    8
    Social Life
    6
    Health and Safety
    10
    I could not recommend this programme more to anyone. Wow! Where do I start... Unfortunately due to an unrelated issue I was not able to complete the full year at Warriors. However if I could have I most certainly would have!

    Firstly I should let you know I did not fully sign up to the course on my own. Some gental persuasion from my parents was needed. I wanted to travel Asia or America and do what every other teenager does. I agreed with my parents I would do the first quest and then head off and do my own thing. Having said that I knew I was in it for the long run after my first week. As the quest went on there were times where I just wanted to go home but now being back home all I want to do is go back to Warriors. It's a life changing programme which will give you a different view on anything and everything. It's an amazing experience and ticks half your bucket list. It's helps you grow mentally, emotionally and physically. I've made international brothers and sisters who I know when I see again we will pick up right were we left off. If you want to find who your are, the right path to take, have a truly incredible time and learn more than you could ever imagine then Warriors is right for you. The staff are so loving and would literally move mountains for you. If it were not for Warriors I would be sitting at home playing Playstation still but now my life is moving in a very positive way through the determination and realisation I can do anything if I put my mind to it which I solely learnt at Warriors. Warriors made me realise there's more to life than popularity, partying and drama. Warriors is the best thing that ever happend to me and will be to you too if you sign up. Book in for the full programme because once your there you won't want to leave.
    I Miss the whole family hugely.
    Peace and love,
    George
    GMBCrawley@icloud.com
    Avatar George Crawley

    I miss it every day!

    Review by: George Crawley , On: 04 Apr 2015, Changed On: 04 Apr 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    I could not recommend this programme more to anyone. Wow! Where do I start... Unfortunately due to an unrelated issue I was not able to complete the full year at Warriors. However if I could have I most certainly would have!

    Firstly I should let you know I did not fully sign up to the course on my own. Some gental persuasion from my parents was needed. I wanted to travel Asia or America and do what every other teenager does. I agreed with my parents I would do the first quest and then head off and do my own thing. Having said that I knew I was in it for the long run after my first week. As the quest went on there were times where I just wanted to go home but now being back home all I want to do is go back to Warriors. It's a life changing programme which will give you a different view on anything and everything. It's an amazing experience and ticks half your bucket list. It's helps you grow mentally, emotionally and physically. I've made international brothers and sisters who I know when I see again we will pick up right were we left off. If you want to find who your are, the right path to take, have a truly incredible time and learn more than you could ever imagine then Warriors is right for you. The staff are so loving and would literally move mountains for you. If it were not for Warriors I would be sitting at home playing Playstation still but now my life is moving in a very positive way through the determination and realisation I can do anything if I put my mind to it which I solely learnt at Warriors. Warriors made me realise there's more to life than popularity, partying and drama. Warriors is the best thing that ever happend to me and will be to you too if you sign up. Book in for the full programme because once your there you won't want to leave.
    I Miss the whole family hugely.
    Peace and love,
    George
    GMBCrawley@icloud.com
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    Response from Warriors Academy to George Crawley On: 07 Apr 2015
    Morning George
    Thank you so much for those very kind words. You are missed at Warriors to and you are welcome to visit us any time.
    Kind regards
    The Warriors team
    Overall rating 
    9
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    8
    Living Conditions
    6
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    Warriors is unlike anything out there. The things that I learnt whilst I was at Warriors have changed my perception of life. It has made me look at things in a completely different way. This is all done because of the brilliant team that runs Warriors. Having said this, it's not all fun and games. To get to the point where one can grow and mature is not easy. As a result, your time at Warriors will be filled with moments that make you just want to sit down and give up. To throw in the towel. It will seem that there is no way forward. There is.

    I have made friends on Warriors that will last for eternity. For me, this is because you get to know each other on such an intimate level. You see each other cry, laugh and everything else. If this still doesn't tempt you to find out more please feel free to contact me. (maxfosh@hotmail.com)

    I have not been asked to write this however, I think it is the least I can do to give back to an establishment that has literally changed my whole being.
    Avatar Max Fosh

    Best 7 Months of My Life

    Review by: Max Fosh , On: 25 Feb 2015, Changed On: 25 Feb 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    Warriors is unlike anything out there. The things that I learnt whilst I was at Warriors have changed my perception of life. It has made me look at things in a completely different way. This is all done because of the brilliant team that runs Warriors. Having said this, it's not all fun and games. To get to the point where one can grow and mature is not easy. As a result, your time at Warriors will be filled with moments that make you just want to sit down and give up. To throw in the towel. It will seem that there is no way forward. There is.

    I have made friends on Warriors that will last for eternity. For me, this is because you get to know each other on such an intimate level. You see each other cry, laugh and everything else. If this still doesn't tempt you to find out more please feel free to contact me. (maxfosh@hotmail.com)

    I have not been asked to write this however, I think it is the least I can do to give back to an establishment that has literally changed my whole being.
    Warriors Academy avatar
    Response from Warriors Academy to Max Fosh On: 26 Mar 2015
    Dear Max
    Thank you so much for your review we really appreciate your encouraging words.
    Kind Regards
    The Warriors Team
    Overall rating 
    8.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    6
    Cultural Immersion
    8
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    8

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