Ben, pictured on the left, is currently studying history and film at Dartmouth College and took a term off in order to participate in the VACorps program in March 2021. Ben participated in an internship at a local NGO that creates educational opportunities for underprivileged children. 

“In the middle of COVID, I was looking for the opportunity to get off of Zoom and travel abroad during an off-term from University. Luckily, I learned about VACorps through a friend and inquired about the program. I had abroad planned through my university for the past winter, but they were canceled due to the pandemic. So, the opportunity to travel to an amazing place like Cape Town was an opportunity I had to pursue. The process was extremely easy and helpful, and I began working at the educational non-profit in the Crossroads Township. Throughout my time at my internship site, I learned both about the history of townships and South Africa, and the relationship between education/after-school programs and crime/gangsterism. As for my specific work, I worked with my friend and fellow intern Mateo, helping to grow the online presence of the organization through media and video. I filmed and edited Portraits of Crossroads, an interview series showcasing the most prominent members of the Crossroads community. During my time in Cape Town, the VACorps staff ensured a smooth transition into the city and constant support through my stay.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Marius Duffy, Caen, France (2021)

Marius joined the VACorps Program in June 2021 and participated in an internship at a short-term housing rental company.  "I am really thankful for being part of this program. I enjoyed every moment in [...]

Jude Tedder, Tennessee, USA 2021)

Jude recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee.  She joined the VACorps program in June 2021 and participated in an internship at a refugee center [...]

Robert Stark, Georgia, USA (2021)

Robert is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.  He joined the VACorps program in May 2021 and participated in a medical internship at a local Cape Town clinic.  Cape Town has been [...]

Yazan Badarny, Tel Aviv, Israel (2021)

Yazan is a Computer Science and Management Studies graduate from Tel Aviv University. He joined the VACorps Program in January 2021 and did an internship at a tech startup. "I was looking for a [...]

Grant Kuppenheimer, Colorado, USA (2021)

Grant joined the VACorps program in May 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an education internship where he taught at a local school.  He will be attending Queen’s University Ontario, [...]

Graham Tulowitzky, Georgia, USA (2021)

Graham joined the VACorps program in May 2021 and participated in a medical internship at a clinic in  one of Cape Town's townships. He is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.   "I [...]

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