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:

Mollie Wang – Oregon, USA (2020)

Molly is studying her masters in Occupational Therapy at Pacific University.  She joined the VACorps program in January 2020 and participated in an OT internship at a children's hospital in Cape Town. "I came [...]

Laila Heidarhosseini – Pennsylvania, USA (2020)

Laila recently completed an ABA-Approved Paralegal Program from the Villanova University.  She joined the VACorps program in January 2020 and participated in a law internship at an NGO that specializes in human rights law.  [...]

Monisha Roychoudhury – Illinois, USA (2020)

Monisha is studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies.  She joined the VACorps Program in January 2020  participated in a Film and Broadcast [...]

Jacqueline Staver – Michigan, USA (2020)

Jacqueline is studying Public and Nonprofit Administration with a minor in Women and Gender Studies at Central Michigan University.  She joined to VACorps Program in June 2020 and participated in a remote human rights [...]

Alexandra Edmunds – Ontario, Canada (2020)

Alexandra is a high school student at St Ignatius of Loyola, Oakville.  She joined the VACorps program in June 2020 and participated in a remote internship at a local NGO that that empowers and [...]

Malikah Ullah – London, United Kingdom (2020)

Malikah is studying a BSc in Psychology at Goldsmith's University in London.  She joined the VACorps program in July 2020 and participated in a counseling/psychology internship at a local NGO that creates educational opportunities [...]

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