Big year for international Occupational Therapy in South Africa

Occupational Therapists (OT's) spend their days helping people with sensory, physical or cognitive disabilities to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives by addressing the social, psychological and environmental factors that can affect patient’s functioning in various ways. 2018 is going to be a big year for Occupational Therapy (OT) in [...]

Learning about inclusiveness in post-apartheid SA

Cape Town was first known as the Cape Of Good Hope and stories like the one below bring hope to an increasingly divided and segregated world. In response to his experience and participation in Heritage Day celebrated this past weekend in South Africa, one of our newest interns, Tyler Wilkins shared the following thoughts: "Our [...]

Sprinting towards HERITAGE weekend, my ‘brew’

South Africa, the land of the BIG 5 and fine wines, however also the home to cheetah and a wildly growing craft-beer industry. Cheetahs are the fastest animals in the world, running at speeds up to 110 km/h (or 70 miles per hour!) and these top speeds can be reached within just 3 seconds! There [...]

Celebrating Heritage Day 2016 in Delft

Hierdie ding doen ons saam - this thing we do together. Last Saturday we celebrated Heritage Day, a public holiday in South Africa. For many of the interns, this was the first time celebrating such a day, so just to explain a bit more about what it actually means, here's a small history lesson. Every [...]

Slanguage in South Africa

When interns land in South Africa, they may think they've landed in a country where English is spoken. Well, yes, English is widely spoken, however, you will hear a fantastic array of South African "slang"uage - blended words and sayings from English, Afrikaans & Xhosa. Sometimes, it can leave visitors a bit confused when these [...]

VACorps Intern, Lorin Anderberg’s Visual Travel Journal

The talented VACorps intern, Lorin Anderberg, is a visual storyteller. Dive into her experience  through all of her Cape Town adventures. Check out the list of all the sites that made it on her video! Do you have an amazing video to share with us? We'd love to feature you. Check out Lorin's other videos [...]

Andrew Mandla Ndwanya, our Operations Manager shares his local knowledge with VACorps

Every day, imagine meeting new people in various offices, shaking hands with managing directors & doctors, and learning about NGO's and companies across Cape Town.   This is a glimpse into the day of VACorps' Operation Manager, Andrew Ndwanya.  Since 2011, he's also been supporting international interns with insider tips, local knowledge, and cultural excursions of his [...]

5 Fun Ocean Activities to do on a Sunday in Cape Town

The week has flown by and now the weekend is your playground!  The ocean is paradise here, so recharge every Sunday with our Cape Town ocean activities list to add to your bucket list. Big Bay We've put together a list of some of our favourite things to do on a Sunday in [...]

Hiking in the Mother City

If you’ve been on a hike in Cape Town, then you know how unique hiking here is. Most of the trails wind up some part of the Table Mountain peninsula, which means you start with an immediate incline. Ten minutes in and you are breathing heavily and getting red blotches all over your face from [...]

VACorps Intern Spotlight: Jean Dunn

VACorps intern, Jean Dunn, is the current Marketing & Communications Assistant at The Cape Leopard Trust.  She wrote this important article about the relationship between hunting and conservation of leopards and other animals who face similar threats of extinction. Jeanie says, "Every day these beautiful and enigmatic leopards are decreasing in numbers because of our own failure [...]