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DIRECT Cape Town


Curated, short-term travel experience

Session 1: May 10 - May 22, 2024
Session 2: May 26 - June 6, 2024
Adventure Add-On Available

2025 Dates & Prices: Coming Soon



Personal Development

Best For

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Adventurous students
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New travelers
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Once in a lifetime experience


  12 days​
  Personal development workshops & reflections​
  Optional adventures like African safari, elephant sanctuary & shark cage diving
  Service-learning with local partners
  Hike Table Mountain, see African penguins & tour the city of Cape Town
  Balance of inclusion & free time
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“LeadAbroad is the perfect way to experience the world and different cultures in a structured and safe way. I traveled with over 100 students my age who I instantly became friends with. LeadAbroad goes above and beyond to make sure you do everything in a short period of time. Cape Town was a place that was never on my travel radar, but now thanks to this summer it will always be special to me.”

— Chandler Nguyen, Auburn University

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“I chose LeadAbroad because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. There are so many different bucket-list adventure opportunities, making Cape Town a no brainer. I went into this program alone and came home with plenty of new friends I still keep in contact with to this day. And it's all thanks to LeadAbroad!”

— Brooke Pohlman, University of Cincinnati

Dates & Prices

Session 1
Dates: May 10 - May 22, 2024 (depart on May 9, 2024)
Program Fee: $3,100
Garden Route Options
  • 3-Day Add-On (during your program)
Dates: May 17 - May 19, 2024
Fee: $1,150
  • 4-Day Add-On (post-program)
Dates: May 22 - May 25, 2024
Fee: $1,250

Session 2
Dates: May 26 - June 6, 2024 (depart on May 25, 2024)
Program Fee: $2,900

Garden Route Options
  • 4-Day Add-On (post-program)
    Dates: June 6 - June 9, 2024 
    Fee: $1,25
2025 Dates and Prices Coming Soon!
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Join us for your ideal summer adventure on DIRECT Cape Town. Combining adrenaline pumping adventures with an impactful personal development curriculum and community engagement, your participation on DIRECT Cape Town will set you apart from your peers. The itinerary focuses on highlights of the city including several days of hands-on community service and plenty of free time to explore on your own. You will tour the must-see attractions, hike Table Mountain and mingle with African penguins on Boulders Beach. Your typical day may start with a leadership lesson on your personal values followed by a tour of the southwestern tip of the African continent, the Cape of Good Hope. Over dinner, you will reflect on your accomplishments of the day while also recounting the connection you made with community members the day prior during our community visits. Whether you’ve never traveled outside of the country or if this is your first time on a plane, our Cape Town staff will ensure you are prepared for a transformative experience abroad.

Next Steps


Join the priority list!

Complete this quick form to join the 2025 priority list to have first access to dates, prices and new locations. You’ll be the first to be able to schedule a call with our team when we are back from abroad!


Apply & Pay Deposit

Like many universities, we have rolling admissions. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.


Why Now

Do not miss your chance to travel during college. Join us on an adventure to discover yourself, connect with friends and come alive this summer!

Request a Sample Itinerary and Join the Priority List!

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What's Included

  • Before Departure
    Pre-departure support Online orientations Personal assistance Flight recommendations and/or group flights Parental communication On campus and/or virtual program meet-ups Private social media groups for introductions and roommate matching
  • On The Ground
    Housing Welcome dinner Final dinner Leadership & personal development workshops Cape Town city tour (includes attractions like District Six Museum, Signal Hill, community gardens & historic landmarks) Table Mountain hike Cape Point tour Boulders Beach tour Community engagement & service activities International medical insurance Airport bus transfers to/from program accommodations if arriving within group window 24/7 emergency support from U.S.-based domestic team
  • After You Return
    Resume assistance References for internships, grad school and/or jobs On-campus leadership & ambassador programs Private LinkedIn & Facebook networking groups Family (Alumni) events
  • Independent Costs
    Roundtrip airfare Most meals (Note: Student apartments have private, fully equipped kitchens) Free time excursions and transportation to independent activities Optional high-adrenaline adventures (for example: skydiving, bungee jumping, quad biking, etc)
Let us do the planning so you can stress less and travel more. Your program fee covers many of the expenses of your time abroad.
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Bucket List Adventures

Cape Town is an adrenaline lover’s dream. By stepping outside of your comfort zone with your peers, you will leave this program with incomparable life-long friendships. You have opportunities to hike Table Mountain, experience sand-boarding and even skydive all in one city with your new best friends. We partner with a local adventure company to ensure signing up for one or two extra adventures is safe and hassle-free. Also, if you want to maximize your DIRECT program and take it to the next level, most students book the Garden Route add-on. This iconic adventure package offers the chance to cage dive with sharks, go on a safari game drive to see Africa’s Big 5 up close and make a new best friend at the elephant sanctuary. You can also sign up separately to take a leap at the world’s highest commercial bungee jump or join a group of like-minded students for a sunrise hike. No matter your appetite for adventure, Cape Town has options for you!

Community Engagement & Service

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We believe there is nothing more powerful than service to take your international experience to the next level. Community days are often the highlight of our students’ experience in Cape Town. Each year we work with community leaders and NGO’s to identify how to best support initiatives in local communities. Some of our favorite past projects include running after school programming for local youth, partnering with soup moms (community matriarchs) in Sir Lowry’s Pass, preparing meals at a local food kitchen, school beautification projects and business consulting for young entrepreneurs.

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Personal Development

Traveling abroad can bring a renewed sense of confidence and clarity to your life during a pivotal time. Our staff works to maximize this opportunity by facilitating personal development workshops and creating space to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing. Each meeting will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths, practicing gratitude, creating your vision statement or identifying your values. Through guided conversations, these personal development exercises will provide an invaluable sense of purpose and direction for your life.


Your home away from home in Cape Town is safe, comfortable and convenient. Located just 10 minutes outside of the city center, each apartment has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and will be shared with three other students of the same gender. The apartments are spacious with a kitchen, living area and balcony. On the property, there are three restaurants (if you like sushi you are in luck), a gym and a spa.
Free WiFi
On-Site Dining
24/7 Security
Nearby Grocery
Laundry Services
Rooftop Views

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