VACorps tuition and session dates

The following services are included in your program tuition:

  • We guarantee you an internship placement in accordance with our placement philosophy.
  • We’re based exclusively in Cape Town which allows us to provide top-tiered on-the-ground staff support.
  • We provide pre-arrival information and local guides & resources to help you prepare you for your trip before, during, and after your program.
  • We guarantee program housing in Observatory through a local student-housing provider (also known as ‘Obs’ to locals).
  • Personalized airport pickups/drop-offs by a member of the VACorps staff.
  • Participation in our compulsory 2-day arrival orientation (in-office + a day-tour of the Cape Peninsula).
  • On-site introduction during your first day and internship-related support & mentorship all throughout your time in the program.
  • Local SIM cards for all program participants.
  • Access to an after-hours emergency hotline exclusive to VACorps interns.
  • Participation in our weekly Culture Series on Monday evenings to experience local Xhosa-culture, language lessons, ‘Kaap slang’, and South African cuisine.
  • Weekly Meals Plans are available!
  • Weekly Social Gatherings (wine tasting, yoga, sailing, surfing lessons, cheetah conservation outreach, brewery tours, beach days, hiking, community outreach, local braais, and many more!) All weekly activities are included in your program tuition.
  • We offer loads of fun extras like exclusive camping weekends away and longer trips to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique.
  • Lifetime membership in an exclusive network of incredibly driven and adventurous students & young professionals from across the globe!
  • Access to discounted tours & travels rates exclusive to VACorps interns.
  • Support and trip-planning for parents who wish to visit!

VACorps Program Session Dates

If you are accepted to the program, you will be offered a position within the dates that best matches your schedule. Although we offer flexibility on start/end dates, here’s a breakdown of the most popular times of year to join.

Session Dates
Session 1 January 1 – April 15
Session 2 May 1 – June 30
Session 3 July 1 – August 31
Session 4 September 1 – November 30

*Please note that we do not accept program arrivals in December or during the last two weeks of April.


When accepted to the VACorps international internship program, your tuition options are as follows:

Length of internship Cost (USD)
Standard Program  (4-12 weeks) 2550
Double Internship (2 site placements) Ask about this option!
Short-Term internship (2-4 weeks) Ask about this option!
Additional months* Ask about this option!
Part-time in conjunction w/ Study Abroad in Cape Town* Ask about this option!

*Please note that not all internships are available for periods greater than 3 months

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