INTO THE WILD GAP YEAR PROGRAM
INTO THE WILD GAP YEAR PROGRAM
The Greater Kruger Area provides the perfect environment for you to explore your purpose in life whilst broadening your horizons through cultural and impactful experiences.
Discover your self-awareness in the heart of the African bush with like-minded individuals and consistent professional guidance. Based in a comfortable and fully equipped lodge situated on the Oliphants River spend your days with us exploring wild game reserves on the search for the African Big 5 and much more, learn how to conduct and prepare conservation research work that contributes to the conservation of wildlife species and their habitats.
You will experience African cultures in local communities where you will contribute toward impactful social projects working side by side with African people as they conduct their daily lives.
Take part in strength finding and enhancing workshops that motivate you guiding you toward discovering your true purpose in life along with your fellow gappers.
All this whilst relaxing at your base, Olifants River Camp where you can sit in comfort as you as you watch hippos in the river right in front of you.
The Greater Kruger Area encompasses over 20 private wildlife reserves on the west side of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. These private reserves come together to create one big reserve. A significant contribution to wildlife conservation efforts, helping to protect and preserve one of the world’s last remaining wildlife strongholds.
The whole area comprises almost 5.5 million acres of unfenced land where animals roam freely across wild savannah. The Greater Kruger Area is a major hotspot for wildlife conservation and offers endless opportunities for wildlife encounters with iconic animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and wild dogs. Many of these animals are endangered or vulnerable.
Project Impact Areas
Days 1 - 10: Welcome to the wild
What better place than the African bush to isolate with dedicated team members to ensure safety against Covid19. Enjoy game drives in reserves surrounded by wild African animals. Spend evenings at the lodge sitting around the fire sharing stories and building new relationships. This is the perfect opportunity to experience and develop skills around developing social connections. This is fundamental in life and business as a skill that is the basis for forming relationships and healthy boundaries to support and enhance your life experience.
c. Social Confidence
d. Healthy Barriers
e. Mutual Respect
Days 11 - 20: The Outer Edges
Build cultural awareness, adapting to your new surroundings. Reflecting on our lives, taking time to observe the world around us allows for us to gain perspective on immediate situations giving greater clarity with a sense of calm re-aligning to our greater purpose.
a. Stress & anxiety reduction
b. Situation/problem management
c. Greater focus
d. Calmer life experience
Days 21 - 30: Purpose
Find purpose and meaning in what life has to offer. Identify your own passion and advocacy and stand tall with new confidence. Learn about how conservation works and how you can contribute, spend time in the bush with conservation professionals learning about their lives and what life is like protecting animals in the wild. Through reflection consider your purpose in life. It is our driving force that leads to not only a satisfying future but greater motivation, passion and happiness in daily life. Often this is not found until later in life, if at all. Encouraging the exploration of purpose leads toward more dedicated and focused individuals who are more likely to succeed.
a. Life direction
b. Decision confidence
c. Motivation & passion
d. Personal Prioritisation
Days 31 - 40: Trust
Identify individual strengths that contribute to a team goal. Get involved in healthy debates and learn to influence others. All the elements of working in a successful team. Here you experience exciting adventures where in teams you will find your courage to zip line through the treetops and together contribute toward impactful work on a collaborative project. Key critical thinking skills are, analysis, interpretation, inference, explanation, self-regulation, open-mindedness, and problem-solving. Gain a better understanding of how to manage situations as well as understanding ourselves and our abilities. Critical thinking provides different perspectives and promotes personal growth and overall happiness.
a. Creative problem solving
b. Psychological resilience
Days 41 - 50: Independence
Learn the importance of proudly standing on your own two feet. Being self-aware allows us to appreciate who we are as individuals. Strap on your hiking boots as you head out into nature to explore the area and yourself. Reflect on life as you visit a local community project that empowers local people to provide for themselves. We can objectively evaluate ourselves, manage our emotions, align behaviour with our values, and understand correctly how others perceive us. This is an essential life skill to establish confidence and emotional resilience.
a. Communication skills
c. Positive outlook
My son has just returned from Kruger. He is under 18 and this was a big deal for him. The staff were amazing and he has had the most incredible experience. I couldn’t fault how he was supported and allowed to grow and develop. A wonderful experience made by the staff. I couldn't recommend it enough for a young person wanting experience and to challenge him/herself with just the right level of care and support. Thank you
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
Project Fee Includes
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- Shared Accommodation
- Personal development coaching & workshops
- All your daily program transport
- 3 meals a day, freshly cooked from our team of great chefs
- A full-time housekeeping service and 24-hour onsite support
Project Fee Excludes
- Travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
- Camera and laptop
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund