Callie is studying a Bachelor of Science in Community Health at Indiana University. She joined the VACorps program in September 2017 and participated in a sustainability internship at an NGO that teaches people to grow their own food. 

“I’ve always been very interested in the idea of working in third world countries and Africa had always been a place I wanted to go. Last year I finally decided to apply and find out if this was really what I wanted to do. My internship was so much more than I thought it would be. I had the most amazing internship experience and worked alongside some of the greatest people. Before coming to South Africa, I was set on going to law school after college and pursuing that profession as my career, but after this summer I have completely switched my plans because of how great my experience was. I definitely recommend this program to everyone. The VACorps program staff is so dedicated to making sure you have the best experience you can have and are always there for you for whatever you need.

“From day one my internship supervisors were letting me come with them to the different townships to help implement these nutrition workshops they were starting. I thought it was amazing that they were just letting me shadow them, but within a couple of weeks, I was teaching my own programs. It was cool to see them give me all this responsibility and believe that I could be successful from barely knowing me.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Sydney Norvell – Oregon, USA (2019)

Sydney, a student at Oregon State University,  participated in a Public Health and Education Internship in January 2019. "  Cape Town stood out to me when I read up on the public health internship opportunities available. After [...]

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Tom Wilkinson – Leeds, U.K. (2018)

Tom, (pictured at center) is studying towards his BA in Geography at the University of East Anglia. He participated in an environmental consulting internship with VACorps in 2018. "Interning in Cape Town has been [...]

  • Sustainability Internships in South Africa

Callie Danekas — Chicago, Illinois USA (2017)

Callie is studying a Bachelor of Science in Community Health at Indiana University. She joined the VACorps program in September 2017 and participated in a sustainability internship at an NGO that teaches people to [...]

Thomas Hendy — Dudley, U.K. (2017)

"I chose Cape Town because it has such amazing opportunities at every turn. It is so beautiful, you could go somewhere every day and you'd never go to the same place twice. Although, it is [...]

Oh the places you’ll go: Mindy Spyker

Many incredible people have passed through the VACorps internship program since we first started hosting interns in 2006. “Oh the places you’ll go” is a series where our alumni share updates about their careers and life accomplishments. [...]

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