Carmen Meyer now working in Germany “Gap was a year of adventure, learning responsibility, tremendous fun and making friends for life. I learnt many interesting things about careers, business and essential daily life lessons. I did not only learn about how to plan a garden, sketch a house design or how taxes and bonds are calculated; I learnt things about myself and who I am. I learnt from my Lecturers and fellow Gaplings.  The year at Gap gave me space and time to find my true self, my hobbies and the career that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It gave the key, along with knowledge, to a world full of opportunities. My ‘key’ led me to Germany and I am doing an apprenticeship in Hotel Management at a 5star hotel- the Louis C. Jacob H. GAP was the best!!”

DERON …. “Deron Howard is also an ex-pupil of PMB Girls High.  Now aged 18, she matriculated in 2010 and took a gap year because she didn’t know what she wanted to do. “I just felt I hadn’t been exposed to enough experiences to be able to make that decision when I left school”, she says, “and wanted to broaden my outlook.”  Deron chose a much more academic-based gap year.  “I went to the Gap Academy here in town.  We studied all sorts of different subjects aimed at giving us more scope – for example, Landscaping, Décor, Public Relations, Cooking, Business Studies and Computing, and we had to achieve a certain level in order to get the certificate of completion, so it was quite structured.  But there was also a big creative element and we were given lots of career advice and life coaching.  We were introduced to all sorts of opportunities and out of our group, one guy is currently working on the Sinfonia (Cruise Ship), one is in Germany, one has started her own business, some have gone onto University, and I am going to the States shortly to work as an au pair for a while.””

LALA“Lala Domleo (19) graduated from St John’s and also took her gap year at the Gap Academy.  “I was considering a career in the medical field – either medicine or maybe becoming a paramedic.  The fact that I couldn’t decide made me think that perhaps I wasn’t ready to make the choice!   It seemed sensible to wait a while and get some more experience before making up my mind – and I’m so glad I did because I’ve ended up studying something quite different.”  What made her change her mind? “My aunt was murdered when I was 13 and this has obviously been an experience that I have suppressed.  During the Life Coaching at the Academy I was encouraged to deal with it, and as an upshot I have a real interest in Criminology.  So now I am studying Social Science and Psychology and intend to major in Criminology, a career path that I never would have discovered if I hadn’t taken a gap year.”

Other quotes from the article in Maritzburg Pulse Magazine “And I found my gap year really improved my self-esteem and confidence,” says Lala.  “You get treated like an adult so you step up to the plat.  I am definitely getting more from my University course because I have a much better attitude.” “My parents left it up to me to make the decision about whether ot take the gap year” said Lala, “and they were totally supportive of it.” “And I think that most parents would recommend it to others because they can see how much we grow up”, adds Deron. Sharon Steijl …”was one of the best decisions I made..” “Gap Academy was one of the best decisions I made! It not only helped me decide what to study this year but also gave me a broader look at what was out there. Some of which didn’t require a varsity degree, just commitment, passion and a lot of passion! For me, even though I was only there for 6 months, it was a huge building block for me! It allowed me to adjust to life after school while still giving me many lessons and skills to learn. The group was a very eager and motivated bunch that were confident and fully committed in everything they did! I made great friends I am sure they found Gap to be as exciting and encouraging as I did. Brenda Horner offered so many opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to achieve the best person you can be. She is an amazing women who deserves a medal for going out of her way for 15 or so students who no doubtably gave her many sleepless nights. But nonetheless she taught us many life lessons that prepared us for the tough few years a head. She kept us hoping and trying for more, never letting us be discouraged no matter what the circumstance! Over all Gap Academy has so much to offer, for any type of person, any type of career and any dreams you may have! It is worth the year spent discovering yourself and your future.” Travis Hesom “Gap academy enabled me to create and use so many life changing opportunities. By putting in a little bit of effort you can get unbelievable results in a wide array of fields.”

OTHER COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS …Gap Academy is for students that have finished school and have not yet decided what to study or do thereafter. It is also the place to come for those who would like to take a year to explore different career pathways and gain skills that could be life-changing”

“Gap Academy offers a constructive and informative gap year that allows you time to gain invaluable knowledge in essential life skills and career choices for your future. The year is filled with a variety of interesting and fun courses giving you a range of opportunities and a taste of the real world!”.

“Gap inspired us to create windows of opportunities  through which we could see our future that lay ahead”. Gap helped us to have a clearer vision of who we are, what we stand for and where we are going”.

“Gap Academy is flexible in the range of courses it has to offer, and as young adults we have faced many hurdles this year and through this flexibility, we have learnt to manage the tasks at hand”.

More testimonials, comments and references are available on request……….