Ava-Celeste is majoring in African Studies at Smith College and is expected to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in May 2021. She joined the VACorps program in August 2020 as a remote intern and participated in an internship at an NGO that provides educational support to underprivileged children in Cape Town. 

“After the COVID-19 hit the globe, I was worried I would not be able to have an experience out of the United States. I loved the community of people that I met through both VACorps and my internship site. I loved learning about South African culture from Buddy Chats with Kuselwa and Kholi.

I hope to keep in contact with both VACorps and my internship site, as I hope to visit South Africa one day in the future. I really enjoyed the projects I was given because they afforded me the opportunity to learn and develop a new skill. I never had to create an informational brochure or a workbook before, but I am glad I got the opportunity to do so.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Natalie Robson, New Mexico, USA (2021)

Natalie (pictured on the right) is in her final year of studies at the University of New Mexico. She is studying a Bsc in Population Health with a minor in Health Education and joined [...]

Brandyn Brown-White, North Carolina, USA (2021)

Brandyn is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida,  majoring in Health Education & Behavior, with a minor in Education studies. She participated in a public health internship at a local [...]

Walter Perez, California, USA (2021)

Walter is a public health major, and joined to VACorps program in June 2021 where he participated in a medical/public health internship at a local clinic in Cape Town.  "Traveling away from home to [...]

Nicole Jutras, New Hampshire, USA (2021)

Nicole joined the VACorps program in May 2021 and participated in an education internship. She is studying towards BA in Education Studies and International affairs at the University of New Hampshire. "My major requires [...]

Olivia Prodin, Michigan, USA (2021)

 Olivia is studying engineering and sustainability at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the VACorps Program in June 2021 and participated in a sustainability internship at a local NGO.  "Coming to Cape [...]

Logan Oas, California, USA (2021)

Logan (pictured on the right) is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of California.  He joined the VACorps program in July 2021 and participated in a biotech internship at a local University.  "I chose [...]

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