Emu Haynes participated in a Film and Photography internship as part of her Gap Year in January 2018.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect from this trip, but I can tell you now that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. VACorps was super communicative and on top of things during the application process and while I was there. Although I didn’t stay near the other VAC students, it ended up working out really well and I was still involved in the weekly activities.
Speaking of activities, VAC always made sure to have something new planned each week (there was never a repeat!) and there were several trip opportunities as well as Monday night Xhosa lessons which were super interesting.
I interned for a small film company in City Central and the people there were just amazing. My boss took me under his wing, making sure I learned every detail of filmmaking and got hands-on experience working on sets or editing. When work was slower in January (because holidays had just ended), he would give feedback on my work, helping me to improve, and would have me watch and write a review on different influential films. My other coworkers were also super talented and kind, and I definitely felt at home working with all of them! I even got to see them again when they visited NYC!
The city of Cape Town, itself, was the cherry on top of the whole trip. The place is absolutely stunning; there’s a beautiful view of Table Mountain almost everywhere and there is always so much to do (hiking, wine tasting, garden concerts, surfing, etc.). The people there are so friendly and you’re almost guaranteed to make great friends from all over the world.
Overall, I definitely would recommend VACorps and Cape Town to any interested student. You will love it!”