Alex is studying Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in the VACorps Human Rights Internship. 

“I chose cape town as a place to intern abroad because it was an opportunity like no other available in my life. Having the ability to go to a country that I’ve never visited across the globe and learn skills that will later be applicable in my field is something that is invaluable and an amazing experience to gain. What I loved most about interning in CT was having the ability to be in charge of researching South African cases to later use to build a case for local clients. During my time in CT, I learned that my life does not have to be contained in one state. I can live my life where ever I want. I am truly blessed to be around a diverse crowd of people from all around the world who all study their different respective fields. I learned that there will always be great friends and people where ever I go, and I can have a family where I desire. I will never forget the time I spent relaxing at night with my roomies talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. What I will miss most is the view of my backyard. I can literally walk outside and see the beautiful mountain. It’s humbling knowing how raw, great, and unforgiving nature can be. I would say that staying for at least 6 weeks is a good amount of time. A tip I would advise for future interns is to save up money and learn to use your phone less. The VACorps staff were friendly and great :). The Friday weekly activities were great as well. I am most grateful for the experiences I had working for with my internship and the friends and relationships I made.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Will Havens, Wyoming, USA (2021)

Will, pictured on the left,  joined the VACorps program in March 2021 and participated in a start-up/business internship in Cape Town.  He will begin his studies in the fall of 2021 at Brown University.  [...]

Lauren Meredith, Sweden (2021)

Lauren (pictured on the right) has her doctorate in Public Health and is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Certificate of Law (Human Rights) from the University of London. She joined the VACorps human [...]

Leyla Theunissen, New York, USA (2021)

Leyla, pictured on the left, joined the VACorps program in 2021 and completed a business internship at an urban farming NGO as part of her GAP Year.  She will begin her studies at the [...]

Teddy Mitchel, Colorado, USA (2021)

Teddy, pictured on the far right, joined the VACorps program in February 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in a manufacturing internship at a furniture factory in Cape Town. He is [...]

Pedro Assumpcao, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2021)

Pedro, pictured on the right, is studying engineering at Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Sao Paulo. He joined the VACorps program in February as an in-person intern at an NGO that supports refugees in [...]

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