I chose to intern abroad in Cape Town because I was looking to experience living abroad in a place completely unique from what I was used to in the United States. I had previously participated in internships at home but I really wanted something new and loved the idea of gaining experience working internationally. Interning an environmental conservation trust really showed me how passionate I was about connecting to nature and helping to conserve the environment. My colleagues truly demonstrated their knowledge and commitment to educating youth about improving the environment, which helped me develop a more complete idea of what I would like to do career-wise. With regards to the VACorps family, I think that good people and good conversation really make an experience; my time here was absolutely amazing thanks to all of the people that I met. I was in Cape Town for 12 weeks and definitely recommend staying for as long as possible because it starts to feel like home.

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Meet past participants:

  • Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson – Leeds, U.K. (2018)

Tom, pictured at center, participated in an environmental consulting internship with VACorps in 2018. "Interning in Cape Town has been one of the most interesting and eye-opening experiences I have had in my life. Cape [...]

  • Engineering Internship in Cape Town - Viriginia Detrick

Virginia Detrick— North Carolina, USA (2018)

I chose to intern abroad in Cape Town because I was looking to experience living abroad in a place completely unique from what I was used to in the United States. I had previously participated [...]

  • Rachel Cranmer VACorps testimonial

Rachel Cranmner — Lebanon, Ohio USA (2017)

I volunteered in South Africa in college and it was the first place I thought of when considering a conservation internship. As an aspiring conservationist, Cape Town is a great place to intern due to [...]

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