Joel (pictured on the right) is in his third year of undergraduate studies doing a double Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Global Studies. He joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in a Political Science Internship.

“What an incredible experience this has been… I can’t believe it’s at the end. There has been so much to do and so many people I’ve made life long friendships with that Cape Town has become like a second home to me and I will be back to visit. I chose Cape Town for an internship because I was studying Political Science/Sociology and what a perfect place to learn about democracy than in a place where everyone is still learning what that looks like and how it functions. My internship experience has been incredible, having the chance to meet so many people in government and parliament, and learn firsthand what it takes and what is expected from people holding these offices has taught me more about where I want to go and what I want to do when I get home. I now have a much clearer understanding of postgraduate studies because of the willingness of so many people to help think-tank some ideas and throw some new ones at me that I never even considered.

I’ve been here now 3 months, and though I am happy to go home I will miss everyone my hiking and running group, my work colleagues, my house family, and my VAC family, everyone who has been actively involved in making this experience so wonderful just by being who they are.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Nick Maylett, Utah, USA (2022)

Nick is a pre-med student at the University of Utah and joined the VACorps program in May 2022.  Nick participated in a medical internship at a public clinic.  "I absolutely loved everything about VACorps, [...]

Morgan Queen, Kansas, USA (2022)

Morgan is a pre-med student at Doane University.   She joined the VACorps Program in May 2022 and participated in a medical internship at a public clinic.  "I chose to study abroad in Cape Town [...]

Brantley Good, Georgia, USA (2022)

Brantley is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.  He joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a medical internship.  "A spectacular once-in-a-lifetime experience I will always be thankful for. [...]

Crystal McDougle, Florida, USA (2022)

Crystal is studying towards a Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University.  She joined the VACorps Program in May 2022 and participated in human rights internship.  "Cape Town is such a diverse place [...]

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 [...]

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