Claire graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science, and currently works as a biochemistry analyst in Ireland. She joined the VACorps Program in January 2019 and participated in a public health internship in the clinical trials unit of an HIV/AIDS foundation. 

“I chose Cape Town because I was attracted to a city that has so much diversity and that is so close to nature with plenty to do and a lot of rich history to learn about. Also in the area of Public Health that I would like to get into further in my career, I think South Africa and Cape Town, in particular, has a lot to offer in terms of hands-on experience. The VACorps staff are very helpful (special shout out to Kholi!) I had a great time in Cape Town and learned so much in my internship, I am very thankful for this experience with VACorps!”

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Gap year internship in South Africa: Maya Basak

VACorps is a popular program for gap year travelers who seek professional internship experience yet also desire an immersive cultural adventure in South Africa. Our program is ideal for a gap year student who [...]

Grace Coolidge – New York (2020)

Grace joined the VACorps program in January 2020 as part of her gap year and participated in a film internship.  She will begin her undergraduate studies at Harvard in the fall of 2020. "My [...]

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Jordan Young – Tazmania (2020)

Jordan (pictured on the left) is studying a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania. She joined the VACorps program in January 2020 and participated in a finance internship.  "I chose to undertake [...]

Vongai T – Illinois, USA (2019)

Vongai is studying public health at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.  She joined the VACorps program in 2019, where she participated in a medical internship in the unique and beautiful country of Zimbabwe.  [...]

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