[Read a letter from 2019 student, Erin, to our CEO last week..shared with her permission.]
Dear Oom Gys and AEL staff,
I hope you are all doing well.
Last year you asked us if we would come back for another year if AEL was a two-year course. I think I may have said no at the time, but I would like to change my answer.
I absolutely loved my time at AEL but in hindsight, I think I took it for granted. I learnt so many important life lessons that I think would have taken me a lot longer and caused me a lot of pain had I not had that guidance.
I am studying conservation ecology at Stellenbosch University at the moment and the knowledge I acquired at AEL has been invaluable in understanding the concepts that are taught to us this year and for approaching the mountain of work that I have. If I had not gone to AEL I doubt I would have coped as well as I did, especially emotionally.
Coming out of matric I was really struggling with mental illness and going to AEL changed that. I feel like a completely different and much happier person now.
I made life-long friends there who I have kept contact with, and we often make an effort to see each other when possible.
I am immensely grateful for them. Going to AEL was possibly the best decision I have ever made; I cannot believe how lucky I am to be a part of something so special.
Thank you so much for helping me and for making such a huge difference in so many lives.
Kind regards, Erin (Class of 2019)
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you navigate an uncertain future with our academic gap year, please feel free to email or call our CEO, Gys Botha.