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 based in Cape Town. 

“My time with the VACorps truly has been a life-changing experience. I came across this opportunity since it was one of the only countries with programs available during Covid, but I think that is just one example of the universe working things out for the best. If I could go back and have more options I would choose a placement in Cape Town one thousand times over. It is easy to look at doing a program like this and make an educated guess about how much you will learn and the different aspects of the culture you will be exposed to, but in reality, it’s more than you could ever imagine. Being a part of a group of like-minded individuals who would take on a crazy journey like this just proves that the people make the place. The people in Cape Town are by far the most hospitable, welcoming, and friendly faces on the planet. All of the Vac-activities I got to be a part of ensured that I experienced all the best South Africa has to offer. Plus, if you have activities you really want to do, the VACorps staff with make sure they put you in contact with the best people who will give you the best deals. Overall, if you are asking yourself why Cape Town, the real question would be “Why not Cape Town?” It’s the most beautiful place on the planet with some of the most beautiful people to keep you company.”
View Refugee Internships

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 [...]

You may also be interested in: