“I decided Cape Town was the best place for my internship because of my passion for human rights work and my interest in South Africa’s history. I completed a human rights internship working specifically with policing in Khayelitsha, an informal settlement near the city, to implement the progressive yet neglected constitution that stands not as a guiding principle, but as a seemingly unachievable ideal. This internship allowed me the opportunity to provide the people of Khayelitsha with information that could make a substantial impact in their lives by extending their knowledge of the rights entitled to them in their constitution and their ability to uphold these rights when they are infringed upon.

“Further, by participating in the VACorps program, I met many amazing people who I intend on keeping in touch with forever. VACorps provides it’s participants with a community of other interns and bonding opportunities through an orientation and weekly activities. I am so thankful to have lived in Cape Town, a city built along the beautiful African coast and around incredible mountain peaks. The hikes are amazing (especially at sunset) and the Garden Route, which is a weekend getaway, was one of the best experiences of my life! I would highly highly recommend an internship here in Cape Town with VACorps.”

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Keira Harbour – Cornwall, United Kingdom (2019)

Keira is studying Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She joined the VACorps program in June 2019, and participated in the VACorps Human Rights Internship Program.  "My [...]

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Kristy Lam – Hong Kong, China (2019)

Kristy is studying Philosophy/Economics at University of Chicago. She joined the VACorps Program in August 2019 and participated in a the VACorps Human Rights Internship Program. "I am so grateful that VACorps placed me [...]

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Alex Villalobos – Illinois, USA (2019)

Alex is studying Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in the VACorps Human Rights Internship.  "I chose [...]

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