Josiah is studying journalism at Arizona State University. He joined the VACorps Program in June 2018 and participated in a film internship at a local production company. 

“As I leave Cape Town for Los Angeles I have a new sense of motivation and appreciation. I climbed mountains, hung out with lions, rhinos and hippos and surfed the best waves of my life. VACorps connected me with a local production company. At the film production company, I shadowed a motion graphic.artist and cinematographer and shot a documentary on a Cape Town rap artist. This internship has allowed me to recognize that film is absolutely for me. I had some second thoughts about leaving journalism for a while, and still do, but this internship has reassured me that film is where I belong. I had an awesome internship because it was with a company that did almost exactly what I want to do. My internship was great because I learned something every day. I have helped set up and takedown on shoots, transcribed audio, painted green screens, e.t.c., but the people at my internship site helped me more than anything. Through working with them, I learned how to use different editing software, camera equipment and how business works in a film production company. 

 I went on a Garden Route trip which included a safari, walking with elephants, canoeing, and bungee jumping (yes, I can’t believe I did that). My favorite weekly activities organized very well by the VACorps staff were exploring Cape Point and the braai at Mama Suli’s in the township of Khayelitsha. Through VACorps I was able to see South Africa, a third-world country where everything is cheaper. Taking the train to work, I saw poverty first hand. It was tough to process how little people had in such a beautiful place. I stayed for eight weeks, and in these weeks I learned to never take anything for granted and was reaffirmed that film production best fits my career.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Marius Duffy, Caen, France (2021)

Marius joined the VACorps Program in June 2021 and participated in an internship at a short-term housing rental company.  "I am really thankful for being part of this program. I enjoyed every moment in [...]

Jude Tedder, Tennessee, USA 2021)

Jude recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee.  She joined the VACorps program in June 2021 and participated in an internship at a refugee center [...]

Robert Stark, Georgia, USA (2021)

Robert is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.  He joined the VACorps program in May 2021 and participated in a medical internship at a local Cape Town clinic.  Cape Town has been [...]

Yazan Badarny, Tel Aviv, Israel (2021)

Yazan is a Computer Science and Management Studies graduate from Tel Aviv University. He joined the VACorps Program in January 2021 and did an internship at a tech startup. "I was looking for a [...]

Grant Kuppenheimer, Colorado, USA (2021)

Grant joined the VACorps program in May 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an education internship where he taught at a local school.  He will be attending Queen’s University Ontario, [...]

Graham Tulowitzky, Georgia, USA (2021)

Graham joined the VACorps program in May 2021 and participated in a medical internship at a clinic in  one of Cape Town's townships. He is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.   "I [...]

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