THE DOME ACADEMIES
"a champion's lifestyle"
A Gap Year at the Dome Academies will indeed be a year that will fill in the gaps. The transition between the "protective environment" of school and the reality of life is often a shocking experience for some. At the Dome Academies young people will be able to undergo that transition under the care and guidance of the Dome "family"
All academy programs are designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and spark the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. We inspire the young to live their dreams and make up for the gaps left by an educational system that ill-prepares people for the world of sport, work and business.
…is about being authentic….
Being authentic is your key to success.
…is value driven
Equal value, relationships and serving underpin all we do and stand for. We appreciate talent but respect commitment, determination and grit. We admire confidence, yet we encourage humility.
…believes in discipline
Discipline is remembering what your dreams are and playing by the rules to make them come true.
Life at the Academy is about living the dream of excellence 24/7. It is about creating a pathway for young adults, guiding them to find a “blueprint” for their lives; exceeding their perceived potential, enabling them to reach their true potential. It's about producing well educated, well balanced individuals who have the social, personal, and intellectual qualities to lead a new generation.
Each athlete will undergo an intensive program covering every aspect required to become a professional sportsman and at the same time develop an entrepreneurial mindset with necessary business skills and entrepreneurial tools.
At the Dome these athletes have at their disposal the best on offer from a coaching, training and conditioning perspective. This includes sports medicine and sports science, boarding and lodging, entrepreneurship training, mentoring and life coaching. The elite academy consist of the following programmes:
Gap Year 2021 - A New Beginning
The gap year academy is a multi-discipline sport and recreation program that includes various sport disciplines and vocational training courses.
The program consists of an entrepreneurial training course which is compulsory for all academy students and a choice to enroll in one of the following programs:
WHAT IT IS
GAP YEAR 2021
“THE PEACE THAT WE FIND IN OUR OWN AUTHENTICITY LEADS US TO APPLY OURSELVES TO OUR GREATEST POTENTIAL”
What it is
The Gap Year 2021 takes ordinary gap years to the next level. It is not only a year of new Swakopmund adventure experiences, but is also a constructive year of self-discovery and getting ready for a career and adult life.
The Dome Gap Year is about learning, experiencing and getting ready, while having a lot of fun where the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean.
What to expect
The Gap Year runs over 11 months from mid-January to early December with short holidays in between quarters. There are 2 to 3 weeks long vacations in between each quarter.
Namib Desert survival adventure - The program kicks off with a unique survival experience in the desert– the best way to meet and make new friends and become part of the Dome family.
A typical week at the Dome consists of:
o Entrepreneurial training
o A number of short information sessions on various topics as per the curriculum
o Interacting with friends and fellow students
o Working on learning assignments in small groups
o Challenging application of learning in real-life or simulated situations
o Involvement with Dome events and activities
o Sport, adventures and leisure.
Buddy system – Each student becomes part of a small group, which acts as a nucleus for support, for learning, experimenting, and friendship.
Getting fit and in shape – Because the Dome endorses health and fitness, each student receives a one-year membership at the Dome’s Olympic standard gym. Participating in scheduled physical exercise, sport events and challenges is strongly suggested. There is room for all – from the super fit to the totally unfit; from the self-confident to the insecure; from the dedicated to the one exercising for leisure.
Entrepreneur in your own right – you have the choice to join the Entrepreneurs’ Program and start a business with the guidance and support of experts.
What is in it for the student?
During the first quarter, a Basic Orientation brings you up to speed with the tools, skills and understanding needed for the rest of the year, including an informed and reality-checked career choice, confidence, a purpose and discover a set of values to live by.
Then, during the second part of the year, you start with specific or general Vocational Training. There are various options to choose from.
Phase 1 – Basic Orientation
The gap year starts off with Basic Orientation phase which aims at the following, just to mention a few:
The cost per student is N$ 5,000 (excluding VAT) per person per month for 11 months and a once-off registration fee of N$ 5,000.
Phase 2 – Vocational Training
At the end of the Basic Orientation phase, the student chooses one from three vocational clusters to follow for the remainder of the year i.e. Entrepreneurs Cluster, Sports Cluster or the Open Vocation Cluster.
There is also the opportunity for students who want to focus only on his/her sport whilst receive professional coaching.
1. Entrepreneurs’ Cluster
The Dome runs an entrepreneurial development program, the Entrepreneurs Factory, catering for aspirant entrepreneurs in general. Gap Year students have access to this program and to its expert business coaches and mentors. The individual’s’ unique strengths, passion and forms the point of departure. Authenticity, personal purpose, and life satisfaction always stays center in this equation.
2. Sports Cluster
Students have the choice of either to opt for a (1) qualifying as a fitness instructor, or (2) to follow his/her sport training and coaching in a professional manner.
National Fitness Instructors Course
FitPro® qualifications are accredited by South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and is internationally recognized. Students who opt for this are those who have a vocational interest in qualifying as a fitness instructor. This is a full-time course consisting of 28 weekly lectures and 250 hours practice.
3. Open Vocational Cluster
This cluster is the highly flexible option where career opportunities are identified based on the needs of the student, such as learnerships and vocational upskilling. Having decided on the best suitable career, the Dome arranges the appropriate exposure and learning for the student as far as possible. It improves the student’s eventual employability.
The Open Vocational Cluster aims at setting up students as successful job seekers of choice within a career that best fits their unique strengths, interest and personality. Students learn how to optimize digital networks, to market oneself and to expand one’s sphere of influence, and also, how to negotiate and assert oneself. The student ends up with a CV showing applicable experience before the year is over.
This is done by,
o firstly, reality checking the career a student chose in the Basic Orientation Phase,
o secondly, by optimizing a career strategy within circumstantial and personal constraints,
o thirdly, assisting in the relevant vocation training and/or experience to ensure optimal employability, and
o finally, feather their nests to have, within their reach, a meaningful and fulfilled life according to their own uniqueness.