About the Gap Year ProgramOur Gap-Year Program recruits East African high school graduates to take part in a 9-12 month program that targets girls aged 17-20. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year Program provides a space for these girls to transition to university and beyond.

Components of the Gap-Year Program

  • University Preparation

We focus on the application for competitive fully funded scholarship opportunities within the continent and abroad.

  •  Experiential Learning

The girls take part in internships, mentorship and community service as well as outdoor leadership academies that focus on servant leadership.

  • Skills-Based Learning

We empower the girls with tangible skills like IT that they will continue to use for years to come.

  • Talent Exploration and Development

We provide a space for our girls to explore their talents in arts, dance, photography and sports.

  • Life Skills

With an experienced faculty, we prepare the Gap-year students with essential skills that would help them to own their lives and thrive.

  • Paying it Forward

Our girls design and carry out community service projects that address various needs in their community.


Day scholars – Kshs 13,500 per month

Boarders – Kshs 20,000 per month inclusive of meals and accommodation


If you identify yourself as a self-determined student interested in making most of your Gap-year, complete and submit the application below. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

To be considered for the 2017 Gap Year Program, complete and submit the application form below. Applications close on 31st January 2017 and the program will commence on 2nd February 2017

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Completed applications can be submitted via our website or sent via e-mail to apply@akilidada.org.

If you choose to mail a hard copy to Akili Dada, use the following address:

The Gap Year Program Lead,

Akili Dada P.O.Box 27847-00100 Nairobi-Kenya