Laura recently earned a BA in Social Work at Belmont University. She joined the VACorps Program in July 2022 and participated in a social work internship at an NGO based in one of Cape Town’s townships that supports the surrounding community.
“When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to take some time before I moved on to work or grad school, so I chose to do a 5-month internship with VACorps. This decision turned out to be the best decision I could have made. I loved getting to practice social work with clients who had different backgrounds, cultures, and languages than me. Taking isiXhosa lessons with Kholi also massively enhanced my experience and helped me connect with my clients. Living in Observatory is never boring as there’s always an event or a new restaurant to try. Observatory felt like home from the first walking tour, and living with so many like-minded people made it even better. Our house on Station Rd became a little unit with weekly organized by VACorps.”