Preparation Programs
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The Prep 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 before entering into University or work life. 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 before engaging in continued education or work life. The Preparation programs consist of courses, internships, job shadowing, learning a trade, travel, and volunteer work, all to improve 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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Breakdown of the courses we offer at the
Just Africa Life Skills Preparation programs:


Life Skills Courses
Personal Development

  • Growth Mindset
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication & Conflict
  • Self-Esteem & Self Awareness
  • Personal finance management
  • Etiquette, Appearance & Professionalism
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Habits & Boundaries
  • Study Methods
  • Time Management & Productivity

Biblical Foundation Course

Classes on topics such as Personal Work, Discipleship,
Mission work and Evangelism will be presented.

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

EFR (Emergency First Response) Certification

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


  • Getting Started in Photography
  • Photo Editing (Adobe Lightroom)
  • Underwater Photography

Content Creation & Marketing

  • Web design and web management
  • Content creation
  • Social media management
  • Human behaviour

Social Media & 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
  • Launch your product or service
  • Business management

Work Skills Courses

  • Language & communication in the work environment
  • Retail Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Online & Social Media Marketing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Accounting Course
  • Basic computer and program skills
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Presentations

PADI Scuba Diving Courses


SharkLife Conservation Course

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

Volunteer work

Students will be doing volunteer work with the following organizations:

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


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

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. We also have one on one career guidance sessions to offer guidance with this big life decision.  

One-on-one Sessions

Career Guidance & Life Coaching sessions are available to each student.


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:


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More Development Programs:

Skills Development Program

Career Development Program

Skills Development Program career development program scuba

This program is an excellent 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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Putting a Year Aside
Invest in Yourself

Is this Prep Year for you?

Is this Prep Year for you?

Not sure what you should do after matriculating? Or, do you want to take some time to invest in yourself before entering university or work life? Are you interested in personal growth and understanding yourself better? Do you like challenging yourself, learning and experiencing 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?

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
Walking distance from a shopping centre, laundromat, take-away restaurants and more.

• Secure complex
• Water & Electricity
• Access to beach
• Wifi

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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More about a Prep Year

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Life Skills Blog 811
Is a Preparation Year for you? At the end of high school, I seriously considered taking a preparation year. Can you guess what was one of the main reactions this desire elicited? Usually, shock, often confusion and usually followed by an assumption that (gasp) you don’t have everything figured out at the ripe old age of 18. A Preparation year...
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Life Skills Blog 1551
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...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Life Skills Blog 1675
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...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Life Skills Blog 1777
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...

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