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. 

As I was planning my gap year, I was instantly drawn to VaCorps. The beauty of Cape Town and the opportunity to intern abroad with a group of students really interested me: there’s something about living independently in a foreign city that is really hard to beat. My time in Cape Town definitely feels like the embodiment of “work hard, play hard”: while we all had our own different internships and work commitments, the social aspect was definitely a huge part of why I loved my experience in Cape Town so much. I really feel like when you have a routine and have work responsibilities you’re able to appreciate the city you’re in much more: from sprinting to the beach after work to exploring new neighborhoods and trying out new food markets we all really made the most out of our time in Cape Town. I definitely learned to be more adaptable here in Cape Town: I grew to enjoy the feeling of being out of my comfort zone and trying new things, as well as just accepting that many things in life are unpredictable. Additionally, I learned to appreciate teamwork much more through my internship. We always worked on tasks as a team and I really valued that experience. I remember that I met my bosses for the first time at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens for a picnic and I was thrilled to meet them after interning virtually for them for the first two weeks of my job.

I love how much Cape Town has to offer: there’s really nowhere else in the world in which you can go straight from a 3-hour hike to a relaxing afternoon on the beach. I’m also a huge fan of the food scene here: during my three months here in Cape Town, I’ve spent almost all of my Saturdays at the Old Biscuit Mill food market (it’s INSANELY good).

I would recommend people prepare for coming simply by speaking with previous interns and the VAC staff, it’s really the only way to get a feel for the experience. I’m extremely grateful for the constant support VACorps provided. I knew that if I ever needed anything, even at the craziest hours of the night a VACorps staff member would pick up the phone and help out. You’re really living the best of both worlds, living independently in a foreign city while having the certainty that if anything were to happen the VACorps team would be there to support you.”

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Laila Wheeler, California, USA (2023)

Laila Wheeler is studying Public Affairs, Education, and Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. She participated in a human rights internship from June - August of 2023. "Traveling to Cape Town was genuinely [...]

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Innogen Naylor, Vermont, USA (2023)

Innogen joined the VACorps Program as part of her Gap Year in January 2023 and participated in an internship at a local school for learners from Zimbabwe who are attempting to integrate into the South [...]

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 [...]

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