Elliot joined the VACorps Program as part of her gap year in February 2020 and participated in a conservation and tourism internship. 

“I came to Cape Town about three years ago but didn’t get to stay long enough to do a lot of the things I wanted to do. When someone suggested VACorps to me and I found out it was in Cape Town, I knew immediately that I had to come back to this beautiful city. VACorps was incredible throughout the entire experience. The process of applying on a very tight time span was incredibly easy and helpful, they made sure I had options in my internship in conservation, and they were very open and easy to talk to from the very beginning. I absolutely loved my internship, where I worked on the waterfront with their Eco-Tour group. I helped the captain around the boat and pointed out wildlife to the guests. It was incredible to learn about all of the city’s conservation projects involving the ocean and sea animals. Unfortunately, because of Coronavirus fears, I only stayed for two weeks. However, those two weeks were absolutely amazing. If you plan on using VACorps, and I highly recommend you do, definitely come for a month or more. There is so much to explore in and around this city and you’ll learn more in your internship than you ever thought possible. Also, the activities VACorps puts on on Fridays are extremely fun! Overall, I am incredibly grateful to VACorps for giving me this opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and explore different subjects in a new city and an entirely different continent. They made the process so easy and fun and I wish more than anything I could stay longer. I will definitely be back!”

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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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