So you have graduated from school or university and are looking to take a year out before moving on to the next stage of your life. Well then why not come and experience the wonders that East Africa has to offer and get a worthwhile qualification and experience out of it.Think about a GAP year in Kenya.
Gap years have changed over the past few years with regard to the prospects that they can offer people in terms of life experiences. To benefit your future prospects, it is no longer acceptable to just go and have fun travelling around. Colleges and employers like to see that you have used your time in another country and culture effectively. Well we looked at this and decided that there is no reason that you cannot do something worthwhile and have an awesome experience at the same time.
Dive Pro Africa @ Buccaneer Diving offer a variety of internship packages and adventure experiences with our partners at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy area near Nanyuki and 3 Degrees South sailing school in Kilifi. All of these projects involve interaction the local community and involvement in marine conservation, assisting with tourism program’s or wildlife management conservation in Kenya.
All of our program’s are based around a core scuba diving program, many of which allow you to go to the professional levels of PADI Divemaster or diving instructor. Many PADI courses can be counted towards college credit in certain countries and professional qualifications such as minor teaching qualifications.
The courses are based out of the Buccaneer Diving dive bases in Kenya and Zanzibar, Tanzania unless you are involved in the wildlife management program, in which case a period of your internship will be spent on Ol Pejeta Consevancy working with the African wildlife there including rhinos and chimpanzees.
The diving in East Africa is superb with a number of national marine park sanctuaries. There is a massive array of marine life which includes the giant whale sharks at certain times of the year. Buccaneer Doving also sank a former cargo ship the MV Dania to create Kenya’s first wreck dive in 2003, Wah now after 10 years underwater is a rolling wreck dive and artificial reef.
The other wonders in Kenya and Tanzania are also a great reason to base yourself here for your GAP year. To name a couple there are the numerous wildlife havens such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara and Aberdare national parks, adventure sports activities such as white water rafting, mountain biking, and mountaineering to the walkable peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, and of course interaction with the local people. There really is too much to do to list it all here.
So what are you waiting for? Do something awesome and worthwhile with your year out and check it our internship packages for the adventure of a lifetime in Africa.