Emily Hayhurst – California, USA (2019)

Emily is from California and joined VACorps in January 2019 to participate in a communications and human rights internship.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in communications and will be graduating in 2020. “Interning in Cape Town provided me with such a unique opportunity to gain both professional experience and the [...]

Cinthya Vasquez – Monterry, Mexico (2019)

Cinthya joined the VACorps Program in 2019 and participated in an International Trade Law Internship. "I have been in Cape Town for almost 2 months now and I am totally in love with the city and its people. Everyone has been so welcoming, especially at my internship. They all welcomed me so well since day [...]

Oh the places you will go: Lauren Blodgett

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, Lauren Blodgett (Refugee and Human Rights Internship, 2013), checks in from New York City, where she [...]

Jergus Pella – Prešov, Slovakia (2018)

Jergus participated in a human rights law internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2018. "After successfully graduating from the LLM programme at the University of Edinburgh, I was eager to gain valuable work experience in the area of my studies, i.e. human rights law. The human rights law internship offered by the VACorps programme [...]

Devang Shah — Vadodara, India (2018)

"Where should I start? I had set out on a journey two years back exploring and integrating different kinds of global experiences starting from war zones to premiere business hubs, I had gained a taste of it all. However, Cape Town swept me off my feet. Beginning with alluring vineyards, fantastic weather and bewildering hikes [...]

Sophie Clarke – Brisbane, Australia

I never realised just how homesick I could be for a city that I did not grow up in, where my family doesn’t live, and that is a gruelling 40+ hour journey away from my actual home city in Australia. Yet here I am, sitting at my desk back in Brisbane, trying to summarise the [...]

Katie Connan – London, United Kingdom

I knew that Cape Town would be good for me. Invaluable human rights experience? Check. Hiking? Check. Surfing? Check. Wine tasting? CHECK. I could go on. But what I didn't know was how much. That I would cling to my bedroom door as I left, wailing that I loved it too much to let go, [...]

Laurence Feeny – London, United Kingdom

"I arrived in Cape Town just as winter was coming to an end. In the first few nights, as I lay shivering in my bed wishing I had brought a blanket, I wondered whether I had made a terrible mistake and should have just gone to the Bahamas for a couple of months. "Now, at [...]

Amy Powers – Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

"When I boarded the plane for Cape Town following my second year of law school, my mind was racing. Was this the right choice for me? Would I get the legal and professional experience I truly wanted? Would Cape Town be a hard place to live? With all these questions running through my brain, it [...]

Lauren Blodgett – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

"My three months in Cape Town turned my world upside down – in a wonderful way.  Between spending my days at my internship and my nights and weekends with my VAC family, I felt as though every moment was packed to the brim with unforgettable memories.  At my internship at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape [...]