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:

Weenta Yacob, California, USA (2022)

Weenta (pictured on the right) is studying for a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Biology and Society.  She joined to VACorps program in June 2022 and participated in a public health internship at [...]

Federico Ravazzolo, Italy (2022)

Federico (pictured on the right) is studying for his Master's in Physics for Energy and Sustainability at the University of Amsterdam. He joined to VACorps program in July 2022 and participated in a sustainable [...]

Rachael Phillips, Oregon, USA (2022)

Rachael is studying PT at Pacific University and joined the VACorps program in July 2022.  She participated in an Physical Therapy internship at a school for children with special needs.  "I chose to complete [...]

Emma Graddy, Oregon, USA (2022)

Emma (pictured in the middle) is studying Physical Therapy at Pacific University.  She joined to VACorps program in July 2022 and participated in a PT internship at a school for blind children.  "I had [...]

Mikaela Bernards, Oregon, USA (2022)

Mikaela is studying PT at Pacific University.  She joined the VACorp program in July 2022 and participated in a pediatric physical therapy internship at a school for blind children.  "I had an incredible experience [...]

Peter Resh, New York, USA (2022)

Peter has completed his BSc in Marketing from San Diego State University. He joined the VACorps program in June 2022 and participated in a marketing internship at a holding company with a portfolio of [...]

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