Cape Town Lifestyle and Culture
Most VACorps participants will live within an area of the city called Observatory (affectionately referred to as ‘Obs’). One of the most exciting student neighborhoods in all of Cape Town, Obs features a surprisingly cosmopolitan vibe despite its intimate size. This can be largely contributed to the international visitors (like you!) who make up a large percentage of the area’s inhabitants. Although it is not uncommon to overhear conversations in several different languages while walking through the neighborhood, Obs manages to retain its intrinsically South African flavor because it is home to a vibrant arts scene. Living in Observatory is a great way to experience the cultural and political vibes of the ‘New South Africa’ in a way that will introduce you the larger complexities of a nation still defining its post-Apartheid identity.
A typical VACorps intern is outgoing, adventurous and enjoys the discovery of new cultures. During your leisure time as an intern in South Africa, you will have ample time to explore the city. The links in the space above feature several articles about the lifestyle and culture you will encounter during your stay in Cape Town. This is not a definitive activity guide but rather, an introduction for someone unfamiliar with Cape Town's amazing urban lifestyle. If you would like a more comprehensive lifestyle guide, please contact us to request a copy of "The Insider's Guide to Cape Town," the official program guide of the Volunteer Adventure Corps. Please be sure to visit the VAC Facebook Page and the VAC Flickr Gallery for more information about the lifestyle you will experience as an intern in Cape Town.
-VACorps interns enjoying an afternoon of surfing at Muizenberg Beach.