Olga is studying  International Peacebuilding, Security & Development Practice at Maynooth University in Ireland. She joined the VACorps program as a remote intern, where she participated in the VACorps Human Rights Internship Program. She plans on continuing her internship in-country when she visits Cape Town in January 2021. 

“I chose to do a remote internship as a pre-cursor to coming to South Africa. During the three months, I learned a lot about the culture and the people. This was possible due to the weekly remote interactions and video calls and I would not be as knowledgeable about coming to Cape Town if I didn’t get the opportunity to understand more about the country I am going to travel to. I loved the intimate buddy calls – I could ask anything I wanted to know more about and I felt welcomed without actually having stepped a foot on the ground yet.

As a Human Rights Intern, I was under the supervision of Kelly and Simon. They were wonderful mentors and gave me the freedom to work flexibly and at my own pace. Their warm personalities aided in my remote experience and I look forward to meeting with them in person. I feel that this remote internship experience had a HUGE impact on my self-esteem and made me realize that I have more potential than I thought I had. I felt that this remote experience was necessary for my in-country experience in the next few months.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Avital Strauss, Illinois, USA (2023)

Avital joined the VACorps PRogram as part of her Gap Year in January 2023 and participated in an internship at an NGO that supports and serves underprivileged communities in one of Cape Town's townships.  [...]

William Monkarsh, California, USA (2023)

Will joined the VACorps Program in January 2023, as part of his GAP year, and participated in an internship at an eco-tourism company in Cape Town.  "My experience with VAC has definitely been life-changing. [...]

Clancy Erickson, North Carolina, USA (2022)

Clancy recently completed her BA in Human Services Studies at Elon University. She joined the VACorps program in September 2022, and participate in an internship at an NGO that supports refugees in Cape Town. [...]

Dylan DeRosa, New York, USA (2023)

Dylan joined the VACorps program in January 2023 as part of his Gap Year and participated in a human rights law internship.  "Cape Town and the VACorps have provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience [...]

Sam Brabeck, Massachusetts, USA (2023)

Sam joined the VACorps program in January 2023 and participated in a public health and counseling internship at an NGO that supports mothers and children.  "I didn't know what to expect before leaving for [...]

Alena Powell, New Jersey, USA (2023)

Alena joined the VACorps program n January 2023 as part of her Gap year and participated in a journalism internship at a local radio station.  "During my gap year with VACorps in Cape Town, [...]

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