Peyton is an aspiring Human Rights Lawyer, currently studying English and Non-Profit Management at Southern Oregon University. She joined the VACorps program in September 2019 and participated in a Refugee and Human Rights Internship in Cape Town.
“Interning in Cape Town has been one of the most enriching, inspiring, and over-all remarkable experiences I have ever had. The places I’ve seen and the people I’ve been fortunate to connect with have really made this experience what it was. Working at my internship site has blessed me with so much knowledge and understanding that I can now take out into the world. I am so thankful and so excited to bring these memories and experiences with me as I continue a life of exploration, service, and laughter.
My goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the immigration issues in South Africa. Through this internship, I was provided with first-hand knowledge and experience concerning the xenophobia issues that plague Cape Town and all of South Africa. Working with women specifically, I gained a deeper understanding of the intersection between gender and foreigner. My internship site appreciates the additional struggle the women face while navigating the immigration system.“