Fletcher joined the VACorps program in January 2020, as part of his gap year, and participated in a film and photography internship.

“When I was starting the process of planning my gap year, there were two places that I knew I had to visit. The first was New Zealand, and the second was Cape Town. I knew I had to visit both of the places, and luckily for me, I did. When I first arrived in Cape Town I left everything open, I didn’t try to guess what it was going to be like, I just came in open to whatever. I believe that is truly what made this experience so special, that’s what made it such a great time. I started my internship in film about a week after I arrived, and I learned so much in such a short amount of time. The main thing I learned however is what it really means to work hard and how rewarding it can be.

The whole city is always moving it’s always busy, it almost feels as though that the city is living, like it has a soul. You really do feel it when you visit, it’s unlike anyplace out there. My main tips for coming to this city are to be open to anything, new experiences, new food, make new friends(very easy to do everyone here is so friendly.) Stay as long as you can, three months is a great amount of time to be here. The weekly activities and the staff are so helpful you can go to them for anything, they are always there don’t hesitate to go and talk to them. Mainly though just have fun, enjoy yourself, live your life to the fullest.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

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 [...]

Gabrielle Kaplinsky, Chicago, USA (2021)

Gabbie, pictured on the left, joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a hospitality and interior design internship.  She will attend SMU in the fall of 2021. "I chose Cape Town [...]

Katherine Pulaski, Michigan, USA (2021)

Katherine joined the VACorps program as a remote intern in January 2021 where she participated in the VACorps Human Rights Program.  "I chose this internship because I was excited at the prospect of engaging [...]

Sofia Cagliero, Milan, Italy (2021)

Sofia (pictured far right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a business start-up internship as part of her gap year.  She will begin her studies at Harvard in September 2021.  [...]

Luke B, New York, USA (2021)

Luke (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program as part of his GAP year where he participated in an internship at a small tourism company in Cape Town. Luke will begin his studies [...]

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