Jordan (pictured on the left) is studying a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania. She joined the VACorps program in January 2020 and participated in a finance internship. 

“I chose to undertake an internship to make myself more employable – giving myself an edge over students with similar qualifications in the industry. I decided to do this in Cape Town because I thought completing a business internship there would be very interesting in such a rapidly growing economy. I achieved my goals at my internship and gained a better understanding of financial concepts as they work in the real world and understand what it is to work in finance. My favorite thing about interning in Cape Town was how relaxed everyone is – it is a very calm and friendly environment to work in. In my time here I learned that I am a lot more extroverted than I first thought – ever since I got here I just always want to be around people. On that note, the thing I will miss most is all of the amazing relationships I have formed here.

I would advise people to do 3 months because 6 weeks was definitely not enough time for me! They should prepare by reading up on the history of Cape Town and maybe spend some time at the gym to prepare for all of the hiking! The VAC staff were absolutely amazing – everyone was very welcoming and friendly – always with a smile and I really appreciated the care they took in introducing us to the neighborhood and ensuring that we knew how to be safe. The weekly activities were really fun although I feel like there was too strong a focus on wine tasting. I think the thing I most appreciated was the introduction to the neighborhood and the instruction on how to move about safely.”

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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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