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.

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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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