Student Life


Cape Town

A collage of images highlighting Tilting Futures gap year travel program in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa

New places. New perspectives.

With a stunning combo of mountains and ocean, Cape Town is this amazing city that’s just waiting to wow you. As one of South Africa’s three capitals, it’s a cosmopolitan hub that proudly embraces a multicultural spirit.

A beautiful vista overlooking Cape Town
Street art in Cape Town, South Africa
A young person running alongside the ocean with a South African flag draped over their back

Theme: Human Rights

If you’re passionate about human rights, there’s no better place to learn! Start with our online Foundations Course to prep for getting the most out of your term abroad. Before you know it, you’ll be exploring history where it happened. Learn how South Africa went from Apartheid to one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. Contribute to, and learn from, the meaningful work local organizations are doing to protect and promote human rights.

There’s no such thing as a “typical” day with Take Action Lab. It’s all waiting for you!

You will have structure from your apprenticeship four days a week, but also a lot of independence.

Get creative with it!

5 Tilting Futures gap year travel program students hanging out at the top of a mountain
Aerial view of Tilting Futures gap year travel program students looking out over the ocean from a mountaintop
Hike a mountaintop
Hang at the beach

Dig into South Africa’s history at a Learning Connect

Hone your adulting skills as you meal plan and cook

Connect with local artists and leaders

Join our weekly excursions and Culture Series

Time for you.
Experience it all with an amazing community

Find your people here! Take Action Lab brings together a global student community that’s open-minded, adventurous, and there to support each other.

Tilting Futures gap year travel program students walking up the street next to bright and colorful houses
A Tilting Futures gap year travel program student sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea
Several Tilting Futures gap year travel program students taking a happy selfie outside on the grass
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You’ll get to live together in a house with several other Tilters from all over the world. Every student has their own private bedroom for downtime, while the communal living room and kitchen make it easy to gather and socialize. Cooking meals together, sharing stories, and making plans with new friends from everywhere brings cultural immersion home.

Coliving FAQs

Each student will have their own private individual bedroom with a bed frame, mattress, bed sheets & blanket, pillow & pillow cover, desk, mirror and wardrobe/dresser. Each shared house is unique, but all are equipped with:

  • Common recreational/lounging areas
  • Shared bathrooms: showers & toilets
  • Kitchen with a range, tableware, cookware and cooking utensils, microwave, refrigerator, kettle, toaster
  • Laundry facilities: washing & drying machines
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm systems
  • Wifi internet

Meals are not provided, but each student is provided a stipend for purchasing food and groceries. Each shared house comes with an equipped kitchen including a range, tableware, cookware and cooking utensils, microwave, refrigerator, kettle, toaster.

Yes, all shared housing can include students of all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Just a ten minute ride from downtown, Observatory – known to locals as Obs – is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood with a bohemian feel. Popular with artists and students from the nearby University, Observatory is brimming with quirky shops, cozy cafes, and a wide variety of restaurants. As you walk around, you’ll find eclectic thrift shops, bookstores, and some amazing street art.




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Global Citizen Year is moving forward as part of our new, larger brand: Tilting Futures. New name, same mission, expanded programs and impact.