Weekly Program Activities
The VACorps internship program provides opportunities for you to explore the city and local culture of Cape Town outside of your daily internship work. The following is an overview of our weekly program activity schedule. Please note that your participation in the following activities is covered by the VACorps program fee (participation is optional).
FRIDAY EXCURSIONS: Every Friday afternoon, we travel to a different location in Cape Town to give you a unique view of the city and its beautiful culture. The event will also give you the opportunity to meet and network with other program participants. Our staff announces the week’s activity every Tuesday, as we must take weather conditions into account when planning each excursion. Some popular activities include: Surfing, hiking, wine tasting, volunteering at community gardens, sunset cruises in Table Bay Harbour, and more. See our program galleries on Flickr or visit our Facebook Page to view photos from past excursions. Past participants have commented that our Friday excursions were the highlight of their experience in South Africa. See our program testimonials for more detail.
MONDAY XHOSA CLASSES: On Monday evenings, we offer a one-hour Xhosa class at the VACorps office. Xhosa is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the Western Cape (Xhosa is Nelson Mandela’s first language), the province in South Africa where Cape Town is located. Accordingly, there is a strong likelihood that you will work with Xhosa colleagues at your internship site. The purpose of our Xhosa classes is to teach you basic conversational expressions and greetings that you will be able to use both at work and during your exploration of the city. The Xhosa you will learn in our classes is also a great cultural souvenir that won’t add any additional weight to your suitcase when the time comes for you to return home!
WEDNESDAY RUNNING CLUB: Over the years, we have hosted many passionate runners and quite a few of the VACorps staff enjoy regular runs. As a result, we formed the VAC running club, in conjunction with the Observatory Running Club (ORCS). We run for approximately an hour and more serious runners will have the opportunities to participate in races with the club (e.g., Cape Town Marathon, Two Ocean’s Marathon). Living abroad often interrupts your regular exercise routine, which is why we wanted to offer you the opportunity to get some evening exercise. The club will also give you the opportunity to meet other members of the local community.
THURSDAY VAC FC SOCCER: Every Thursday, you will have the opportunity to practice with VAC FC, also known as “Amaphubezi,” which is Xhosa for “Lions.” VAC FC is a community team consisting of our program interns and members of the local community. The team will offer you the chance to get some exercise while meeting some new faces. When the coach feels the team is ready, we will schedule games against teams from the townships. Game nights are always a very exciting program event (see photos here).