Kayla is studying mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota. She joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in an Engineering Internship at a private company that specializes in producing battery packs. 

“As someone who is staying here for about 7-8 weeks, I would recommend that amount of time to spend here. With this amount of time I was able to see everything I wanted to, but still having a few relaxation days or bad weather days. I think what really makes the VAC so great is the people you are able to meet the first week, both the staff and other interns. When I think of Cape Town, I not only think of the city and beautiful mountains, but I also think of the amazing people I met here. They are what makes the truly extraordinary. One tip I would give to anyone coming is to be open-minded about everything; be open the change and different cultures because you will learn so much more.

At my internship, I learned a lot and was thrown into things that I wasn’t expecting. I learned for most of the internships, if you aren’t actively looking for what you can do or being assertive about wanting to help, then you are not going to learn, do or enjoy your time. I recommend that interns actively look for things to do or ask when they don’t have things to do, even if they just get thrown in without much knowledge or assistance. It makes the experience so much better and you will learn so much faster than just sitting around watching.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Hannah Choe, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Hannah joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in an education internship at a local school. "I chose Cape Town to be my home for three [...]

Nick Newman, Ohio, USA (2022)

Nick is studying Business Economics and Finance at Ohio University. He joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a finance internship at a financial advisory firm.   "I chose Cape Town after [...]

Emma Sorensen, Georgia, USA (2022)

Emma is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia. She joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a medical internship at a public clinic in one of Cape Town's townships.  [...]

Eman Watad, Jerusalem, Israel (2022)

Eman joined the VACorps program in January 2022 and participated in a social work internship at an NGO that supports expecting and new mothers and families. She studied for her BA in Social work [...]

Sarah Carrasco, California, USA (2022)

Sarah (pictured third from the left in the middle row) is studying towards a BA in Education and Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College.  She joined the VACorps Program in February 2022 and [...]

Emma Clift, New York, USA (2022)

Emma, (pictured third from the left) joined to VACorps Program in February 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in a public health internship at a large HIV/AIDS foundation.  "I came to [...]

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