Yolancee Nguyen – Salt Lake City, UT (2018)

Yolancee participated in a medical internship in Cape Town with VACorps during the summer of 2018. " I spent 2.5 months in Cape Town and it was not nearly enough time to truly experience everything this beautiful city and country has to offer. My first week was a little bit overwhelming, at first, but VAC [...]

Sarah Hans — Maryland, USA (2017)

I chose Cape Town as the place to intern abroad because I felt as if it could give me a new perspective on healthcare and allow me to do extended hands-on work compared to back home in the states where my scope of practice as a nursing assistant is very limited. Cape Town had always [...]

Paige Daniels – Johnstown, Pennsylvania USA (2017)

"My internship experience helped me grow personally by giving me more patience and teaching me to recognize when to step up and take initiative. There were many times where I had to speak up to express my opinions or ask questions. I believe this experience has made me more confident in a foreign place. Professionally, [...]

Hannah Sandwith — Salem, Virginia USA (2017)

I mostly chose Cape Town based on VAC itself. I had not found another company that allowed me to plan my own program without going through my own school. Africa was a place I had never been before and was out of my normal realm of travel. I also had heard so much about how [...]

Oh the places you’ll go: Mindy Spyker

Many incredible people have passed through the VACorps internship program since we first started hosting interns in 2006. “Oh the places you’ll go” is a series where our alumni share updates about their careers and life accomplishments. In this latest post, Mindy Spyker ('12), explains that her internship in Cape Town altered the trajectory of her current [...]

VACorps Medical Internship Profile Video – Omar Daabies

It's a huge responsibility to take on a VACorps medical internship in Cape Town, South Africa. As in any many sub-Saharan African countries, rates of disease are high and funding for care is lower than in many countries in Europe or North America. I'm always impressed with the professionalism and the dedication of the interns who come [...]

Medical Internship Spotlight: The First Heart Transplant and Christian Barnard

Cape Town is home to some amazing history. For being a relatively small population, South Africa has long punched above its weight in matters of world importance. Professor Chris Barnard led the team which performed the first human-to-human heart transplantation operation at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town. Groote Schuur is the main hospital in Cape Town, [...]