Gain lifelong skills through an immersive semester in South Africa while learning from experienced human rights advocates advancing social justice.

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Real-world experience to tackle real world issues

Immerse yourself in a new culture and apprentice at a human rights organization to learn how to tackle global issues from the ground up. Navigate real-world challenges and contribute to the positive impact being made in Cape Town, South Africa and around the world.

Turn intent into positive impact

Your journey as part of the fight for global social justice begins here. Develop the lifelong skills needed to turn your potential into responsible and sustainable action. You’ll expand your awareness – about the world and yourself – while building resilience, empathy, and agency.

Together we can change the world

The fight for human rights takes all of us. Embark on your immersive semester with a supportive cohort of like-minded peers from all over the world. This semester is just the beginning. You’ll become part of a lifelong global network that’s creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.


Our college partners recognize the importance of developing a global perspective, self-awareness, and a defined sense of purpose -- life skills that are uniquely developed with a gap experience with Take Action Lab.

Each of these colleges actively encourages their accepted students to take a gap term, and to do it with Take Action Lab specifically.

If you're applying to these schools, be sure to highlight the skills you developed with Take Action Lab in your application. The Admissions departments look favorably upon Take Action Lab graduates, although admission is not a guarantee.


Students worldwide post-high school, ages 17-21

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Upcoming Semesters

Spring 2024
Feb 5 – May 31, 2024


$21,000 USD in Tuition

Scholarships Available

Next Application Deadline

Sept 6, 2023
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