Ayanda (pictured center) is studying Mechatronics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  He joined the VACorps program in June 2018 and participated in an engineering internship. 

“I loved communicating with the other international interns and getting to know about their culture. I used to be shy but now I’m bold, and I think even my communication skills have improved. The interns were friendly and approachable, even my housemate was amazing and I really loved spending time with them.

The internship helped me to develop an understanding of the industrial environment. It also helped me to see the difference between University and Industrial environment. How pick and place machines function to place components for small circuits was really amazing. I’ve witnessed and participated in various tasks, which helped me develop an understanding of the industrial environment. Lessons learned from activities include building complex circuits and using microcontrollers.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Sofia Cagliero, Milan, Italy (2021)

Sofia (pictured far right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a business start-up internship as part of her gap year.  She will begin her studies at Harvard in September 2021.  [...]

Luke B, New York, USA (2021)

Luke (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program as part of his GAP year where he participated in an internship at a small tourism company in Cape Town. Luke will begin his studies [...]

Atabong Wilfred, Cameroon (2021)

Atabong has completed his LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt. He joined the VACorps program in February 2021 and participated in a human rights law internship [...]

Jared Casper, New York, USA (2021)

Jared (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an internship at an NGO that provides support, education, and integration services to [...]

Isabel Sweeney, Connecticut, USA (2021)

Isabel joined the VACorps program in January 2021 as part of her gap year, and participated in a film and media internship at a community television station in Cape Town.  She will begin her [...]

Julianna Berman, New Jersey, USA (2021)

Julianna (pictured second from the right) joined the VACorps program as part of her GAP year in January 2021.  She did her internship at an NGO that promotes human rights and youth empowerment.  Julianna [...]

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