Mia (pictured on the right) is studying Mathematics and Exercise Sports Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the VACorps program in June 2022 and participated in a Sports Science internship. 

My two months in Cape Town were some of the best days of my life. I came wanting to experience a people and a place vastly different from my everyday life in the US and that is exactly what I got. I learned so much about myself, the world, and what I might want to do with my life. I learned to be more independent and confident in who I am and that traveling the world is one of the coolest things you could ever do.

I did my internship at the Neuro and Rehab department of a large Sports Science Center.  I believe I became more confident in myself in a professional workplace. I enjoyed learning about patients’ injuries and what rehab was necessary for each patient. It was also very interesting to see the difference between the field of biokinetics (which doesn’t exist in the US) and physical therapy. I haven’t been sure what I want to do with my life but after this internship, I have a little more certainty that I’d like to go into a similar field to this.

The people in Cape Town are all so kind and the types of people that the VACorps program attracts are all so amazing. I have made some lifelong friends here and had some truly life-changing experiences. The hiking (and all other outdoor activities) was by far my favorite part as well as simply getting to know a culture so different than mine through being in a truly South African workplace every day and exploring the beautiful city. I would not recommend coming for any less than 5 weeks if you choose this program! It’s truly an incredible place and you have to be here long enough to fully enjoy every aspect of it. The VACorps staff are very organized and kind and want what’s best for their interns. Everything about VACorps and Cape Town is amazing!

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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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