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 development internship at a renewable energy management consulting firm.   

“If you have never been to Cape Town you should start packing right now. On one side the beauty of a city hugged by the ocean and the mountains, with stunning views and outdoor activities for any taste. A paradise for adrenaline junkies: paragliding over the coast, bungee jumping from one of the tallest bridges in the world, diving with sharks, or diving from the sky. If you are a more contemplative person who likes nature, you will find yourself admiring an ocean sunrise from the top of Table mountain or immersing yourself in the African wildlife, vis-a-vis springboks, lions, whales, and penguins.

On the other side a multicultural country with a convoluted history. You will directly experience the complex social fabric of the country and have the opportunity to have an impact on the local communities, embracing the spirit of ubuntu. You will live in Obz, a vibrant and liberal neighborhood, where you can hop from a pool bar and thrift shops to restaurants and coffee shops, where you will feel at home while meeting inspiring people. The people at the end are what make this experience priceless: your fellow interns will be your new friends, the VACorps staff your new family, and as you meet all these strong, interesting, and inspiring people, you will also meet your new self.”

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Meet our most recent VACorps program alumni:

  • Human rights internship participant

Laila Wheeler, California, USA (2023)

Laila Wheeler is studying Public Affairs, Education, and Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. She participated in a human rights internship from June - August of 2023. "Traveling to Cape Town was genuinely [...]

  • Innogen Naylor - education internship

Innogen Naylor, Vermont, USA (2023)

Innogen joined the VACorps Program as part of her Gap Year in January 2023 and participated in an internship at a local school for learners from Zimbabwe who are attempting to integrate into the South [...]

Avital Strauss, Illinois, USA (2023)

Avital joined the VACorps PRogram as part of her Gap Year in January 2023 and participated in an internship at an NGO that supports and serves underprivileged communities in one of Cape Town's townships.  [...]

William Monkarsh, California, USA (2023)

Will joined the VACorps Program in January 2023, as part of his GAP year, and participated in an internship at an eco-tourism company in Cape Town.  "My experience with VAC has definitely been life-changing. [...]

Clancy Erickson, North Carolina, USA (2022)

Clancy recently completed her BA in Human Services Studies at Elon University. She joined the VACorps program in September 2022, and participate in an internship at an NGO that supports refugees in Cape Town. [...]

Dylan DeRosa, New York, USA (2023)

Dylan joined the VACorps program in January 2023 as part of his Gap Year and participated in a human rights law internship.  "Cape Town and the VACorps have provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience [...]

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