Cornelius joined the VACorps program after spending two years in the Peace Corps in Madagascar and participated in the VACorps Human Rights Program. He has a BA in Psychology and Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville where he graduated in 2018.  He plans to pursue his master’s degree upon his return to the United States.

“I viewed the VACorps Program as a good way for me to leave the United States during the COVID 19 pandemic. I just wanted to be away for a while. Luckily for me, I had the perfect balance of fun and work here, and I feel I’ve experienced each of these aspects to the fullest given COVID protocols. VACorps provided so many opportunities to explore much of the Western Cape’s beauties, as well the opportunities to do “once in a lifetime” joys that I now plan to do multiple times more. All of this being said, these were aspects I kind of expected would be offered through this program. What I didn’t realize was how my internship would provide so much clarity in determining my career goals. My internship placement was the best fit for my skills set, and my advisor provided me the optimal space and guidance to thrive. While I’m grateful that my internship provided flexibility and accountability, I am most thankful for my advisor, Ms. Kelly, for giving the best advice to help me decide on a Master’s program. I am now going back home with a refined vision of how the next few years will look, and the energy to actualize it.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Nick Maylett, Utah, USA (2022)

Nick is a pre-med student at the University of Utah and joined the VACorps program in May 2022.  Nick participated in a medical internship at a public clinic.  "I absolutely loved everything about VACorps, [...]

Morgan Queen, Kansas, USA (2022)

Morgan is a pre-med student at Doane University.   She joined the VACorps Program in May 2022 and participated in a medical internship at a public clinic.  "I chose to study abroad in Cape Town [...]

Brantley Good, Georgia, USA (2022)

Brantley is a pre-med student at the University of Georgia.  He joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a medical internship.  "A spectacular once-in-a-lifetime experience I will always be thankful for. [...]

Crystal McDougle, Florida, USA (2022)

Crystal is studying towards a Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University.  She joined the VACorps Program in May 2022 and participated in human rights internship.  "Cape Town is such a diverse place [...]

Hannah Choe, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Hannah joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in an education internship at a local school. "I chose Cape Town to be my home for three [...]

Nick Newman, Ohio, USA (2022)

Nick is studying Business Economics and Finance at Ohio University. He joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a finance internship at a financial advisory firm.   "I chose Cape Town after [...]

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