Francesca joined the VACorps program in June 2022 and participated in a human rights internship.  She is studying at UCLA, majoring in pre-international development studies and English.

“I am so grateful for my experience here in Cape Town and for the staff that facilitated my experience (special shout-out to Kholi and Kus for helping Cape Town feel like a home away from home!) I gained an enormous amount of experience in policy research that I believe will be invaluable and gave me insight into my future career path. I learned a lot from my supervisor as a person and as a mentor. This has been an absolutely transformative experience, from exploring the city to my internship. I would advise newcomers to take full advantage of the city through VACorps activities but also through independent initiatives.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

Chris Doe, Massachussets, USA (2023)

Chris joined the VACorps program in January 2023 as part of his Gap year and participated in a human rights internship.  I decided to come to Cape Town to do an internship because I [...]

Nico Theunissen, New York, USA (2023)

Nico joined the VACorps Program in January 2023 as part of his Gap year and participated in an internship at a clean energy engineering company.  "Living in New York City, coming to Cape Town [...]

Derya Tunçaral, Istanbul, Turkey (2023)

Derya is a recent graduate of Istanbul Bilgi University where he earned his bachelor's in International Relations. He joined the VACorps program in November 2022 and participated in a political science internship.  "It was [...]

Isabelle Ryan, Illinois, USA (2023)

Isabelle joined the VACorps Program in January 2023 as part of her Gap year and participated in a business internship.  "Originally, I was nervous about coming to Cape Town. I had never been so [...]

Alize Serez, Istanbul, Turkey, (2023)

Aliza has recently earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University.  She joined the VACorps Program in September 2022 and participated in a Political Science Internship.  "The reason I chose Cape [...]

Carley Adams, Ontario, Canada, (2023)

Carley is a recent MSc graduate of the University of Edinburgh, specializing in Medical Anthropology. She joined the VACorps Program in January 2023 and participated in a public health internship.  "Cape Town is such [...]

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