Etienne Du Toit
"A Year I Will Never Forget...
Although this year has come to an end so quickly, I wouldn’t have wanted it to be any different. This year has given me so many opportunities; not only to find myself but also to put my identity in God.
I was tested and strengthened in all aspects of my life. At the beginning of the year, I was very shy and scared of what others might think of me, but because of this program, my confidence was built up and I was able to learn about leadership skills that I can hold on to for the rest of my life.
For me, what stood out this year was the excellent and very supportive people that I was surrounded with. The PNX coaches were always there for me when I needed their guidance and mentorship. This year was way more than just a gap year. It was a way for me to look at the world through a different lens. We went on many fun adventures such as hiking up a mountain, to surfing on the big blue ocean waves. I also had to face my fear of heights when we had to jump off a bridge (Bungee jumping) or fall out of a plane from 9000 feet in the air (Skydiving). Although I am very scared, I can truly say that I have grown a lot from this whole experience.
We also went on ministry tours, visiting different places and impacting many people’s lives. I would say that was the turning point of my life because it really opened my eyes to what God has put out for me and my purpose in life. I feel my relationship with God has strengthened a lot throughout the year, and every day I strive to improve this relationship and who I am as a person.
I walked into this year with a broken mindset and low self-esteem and came out as a confident person with a burning passion and eagerness for the love of God.
"Never in my life did I plan to take a gap year, never in my life did I think I need one, and never in my life have been so wrong! I didn’t have any expectations for this year at all, all I knew was that Jesus wanted me at PNX in 2022, and man what a pleasant adventure.
My eyes were opened, my heart was softened, questions I never knew I had was answered and I gained more confidence in myself. I made friends with people before I even knew their surnames, I pushed my limits, I learned about myself (a lot), I learned about other people and how to treat others correctly, I started walking with Jesus and not on my own anymore, I started living.
Yes, this is what I did but it wouldn’t have been possible without Coach Pieter, Coach Talia, PNX Global, and Jesus.
All I can do is thank Jesus for this amazing year in which a lot of growth took place in my life and in my heart. I may not be certain of the future but I’m certain of who I am, Who’s I am, and who I want to be!
All glory to God!"
“What a year !! If you truly want to know what it’s like to be alive and live the life that God called you to live, this Gap year program will be the ultimate step for that.
This year personally taught me a lot, not only was I stretched to my limit, but I also learned what it means to endure in tough times, stand firm in what I believe in, not give up, to allow myself to grow and face numerous fears, challenges, and truths. This year was the starting point of something bigger than myself and when I realized that, It started to become my motivation, to go bolder and dig deeper within myself to make sure that I become the woman that God wants me to be.
This Gap year program helped me to discover what my unique design is, career-wise and personality-wise.
THIS GAP YEAR IS DEFINITELY THE BEST YEAR TO YOUR BEST LIFE!!”
FRANCO KARSTEN“Hoya Vi Di Soya!!
This year was really nice, I'm glad I came to PNX Global. I want you to experience what I have experienced in Pneumatix, I know for a fact you will experience God's love in all the Majestic Adventures. Trust me, the Adventures are all worth it. You will be so happy you did it.
This year taught me how to be closer to God and I have experienced His love. This year I have learned more about myself, how I can learn to control my emotions and face my fears. It mentally prepared me for the future and I know God will always be by my side.
There will always come challenges your way, but you should never run from it. You run towards it and you give it a leka knockout so you can keep going to reach your goal. The career visits and job shadowing was great and it help me to see if the job I want to do is suitable for me, and I know you will find the best career during this Gap Year.
Don't hold back cause you got so much to learn in this Gap Year at Pneumatix. May God bless the gappers of 2022. “
Simon Le Roux
"I got to do so many amazing things that stretched me and helped me grow more than I would have anywhere else. I gained a love for adventure and I learned not to let my fears hold me back from doing awesome things that might seem scary or out of my comfort zone. I've been so inspired by PNX that I've decided to go back next year and study music with them for a year.
My advice for everyone next year would be, go full out with everything you decide to do, cherish every moment, love others, love God, have loads of fun and don't take anything for granted."
“Go full out with everything you do. Make new friends and live a positive life...and when it comes to challenges- just remember - You can, You will, Believe that.”
“Live every day like it's your last! I learned so much! #pushyourself you can achieve so much more than you think, God is real and getting to know Him deeper was so special, I learned to be #confident in my own skin and I learned to deal with people.”
I loved the GAP year course at PNXglobal. I have had the most fun but also learned invaluable skills such as: Working under pressure, building the confidence to speak in front of big crowds, stepping out of your comfort zone, enduring through tough times, having persistence, and having a teachable spirit and so much more. I am a very adventurous person and this GAP year got me on an adventure rollercoaster.
I have learned how to do ministry and got the best experiences from that,
I have undergone spiritual growth and deepened my relationship with God. I got to discover my real potential and that your mind is your only limit. I have tried hundreds of new things in 2019 like running a half marathon (21 km’), something I would have never done before.
I found my calling and what I am going to study next year. The PNEUKLEUS Gap year help form my character and gave me more perspective on life.
This is not what you expect! It’s much much more…It teaches you LIFE! It was worth it. The best part is, no one can ever take away the experiences I got. Lastly, it taught me about INTEGRITY, how to be WHOLE and UNDIVIDED.
My Gap Year at PNXglobal was one I will never forget. It was my year of adventure. After school, I had no idea what to do; what to do about life as scary as it was. Answer: Gap Year. I entered a safe environment where I was allowed to grow, understand what the world is like on my own, and experience amazing things that challenged me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I got to know myself in my Gap Year. I got to see that the world is a really big place. I was thrown out of my comfort zone a few times but that is the only place where you can learn isn't it?
My advice? Do the Gap Year! Go on a little adventure and live a little. Learn all you can, embrace new things, see what life is like.
My Gap year is a year I look back at with a smile. So much laughter, exhilarating moments, and fun but also so many moments where I found myself. You will learn how to cope without your parents. Your communication skills will develop so much you'll be surprised. You will be challenged emotionally (the world is overwhelming at first but after a while, you'll see its bark is bigger than its bite if you're nice to it)
You'll see amazing new places, meet interesting people and experience unbelievable things. Take it as an extra year of learning. All the stuff you didn't learn at school you'll learn now. Example: how to open a bank account, change a tyre, fix a leak, etc.... the list can go on and on.
It was one of the best years of my life and one I'll never forget. I learned lots of invaluable skills, like how to save a life, i.e. doing a First Aid course Level 3 and learning to surf. I've grown so much as a person for instance in self-confidence and spoken up when I don't agree with someone. I've done things in the Gap Year I never would've done on my own and in the end learned that I love it, for instance, hiking Table Mountain. The best part of the Gap Year for me was that I experienced God in everything and thus grew so much in my faith. I loved the adventures because that's where memories are made. I now have some of the best memories and would do it again if I could.
This program got me to be independent and responsible just after high school. Throughout the year I faced a lot of challenges but I quickly learned how to handle and get through difficult situations. For me, the Gap Year was an amazing journey with a wide spectrum of different fields that gives a lot of value to your life. The career exposure that forms part of the program was a great privilege to broaden my knowledge. Although I already knew what career I want to follow I'm glad I was part of the Gap Year, it gave me the space to find myself and build an even stronger relationship with God which I wouldn't have had if I immediately started with my studies. I got the opportunity to minister in Argentina and throughout South Africa where I got to see God changing lives and doing amazing miracles. We had a lot of adventurous activities that tested your endurance and in a good way, forced you to keep on going just for you to realize YOU CAN SURVIVE.
The Gap Year not only taught me how to be a leader but also how to be more open-minded about things and how to see life from a different point of view. It gave me the confidence to speak up when I had to and it also got prepared me for my future.
I was challenged physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally but in the end, it only made me stronger. This program is not an ordinary Gap Year, this program gives you just the right amount of time for fun, learning, growing and free time.
Overall it was a life-enriching experience you can't get anywhere else.
This Gap year isn't just any sort of "let's go out and about and see what job opportunities there are..." It is a well thought through, in-depth and extensive Gap year giving you extensive knowledge about the different career opportunities from me to even being a fireman to being a financial director. Not only was it a year of career opportunities but it was also a year of discovering yourself, and developing a relationship with God. In my year we had sessions where we discovered answers to my questions and we did surveys on different personalities, love languages and spiritual gifts to truly get to know YOURSELF. Besides these two factors, you also spend a year with The “Gappers" which create lasting memories and friendships! Besides the “Gappers” there is a diverse group of people studying, with whom you'll form bonds with as well and create a family and a support structure
No other Gap Year you will find an opportunity to do more than just a gap year, from doing dancing to drama to even singing and making music this is a diverse gap year working on all your possible aspects and developing YOURSELF!!
In conclusion, this gap year is like a chameleon with thousands of colors creating one big image of you. This year is about you. It's for you. It’s there to help you!!
"You can’t go wrong"
10 TIPS FROM THE PNX GAPYEAR STUDENTS:
- Believe in yourself, trust the PNX process and give a 150%; it's totally worth it!
- Enjoy every moment: the good, the bad, and the ugly…time fly by so fast! And when it’s done you are going to miss it A LOT.
- Don't compare PNX to anything else, because it's not like anything else. This is FAMILY.
- Be kind to your first-year friends... you are going to depend on them.
- Never give up. You've got what it takes.
- Take notes: This is a year of experiences, but a lifetime of lessons.
- Try so “YES” to everything that scares you.
- Be teachable, ask questions and open up- Healing is a process and growth takes time.
- Just do it! You won’t regret it!
- You can’t go wrong with this Gap Year, apply NOW!