What is it like to live in Cape Town with water restrictions?

Since the beginning of February 2018, the city of Cape Town has dramatically reduced its water consumption to the extent that forecasts now suggest that there will be NO municipal water supply shortages in Cape Town this year.  However, water restrictions will be a fact of life in Cape Town for the remainder of this [...]

How we will support you during possible water shortages in Cape Town in 2018

(Update as of March 13th, 2018): Since this post was published in late January, the City of Cape Town has dramatically reduced its water consumption to the extent that the local government has announced that we will not face water supply shortages in 2018 if consumption levels remain at current levels. We will continue [...]

Mozambique & Kruger Adventure 2017

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous It was once again time for the VAC staff and interns to embark on the epic journey from Johannesburg to the beautiful country of Mozambique. Our 10-day adventure started at O. R Tambo International Airport where we began the 6-hour [...]

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 [...]

VACorps Intern Spotlight: Ian Bradley

It's your first day at your internship site; it's the moment you've been waiting months or even years for, but what's next? Cape Town, South Africa will be your home for the next few months, now all you have to do is introduce yourself to SO many new, interesting, and friendly people. On your first day [...]

VACorps End of Year Highlights

  Year after year, VACorps interns experience incredible life-changing moments in their professional placements in Cape Town.  We've had an amazing year with fantastic people exploring future careers and contributing to fantastic local projects. These international internships truly shape rest of your lives forever. You can read some of VACorps first-hand internship experiences here.  With the VACorps program, our [...]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Athena: VACorps Cape Town’s New Program & Media Coordinator

To kick off our "Get to Know . . . " series, we did a fun interview with Athena Lamberis, our program and media coordinator.  She just joined the VACorps family in October and is delighted to be working with such a dynamic team that is passionate about international education, travel and South Africa.  Find out more about [...]

What is the story behind our name, VACorps?

You may not be aware that our program name, VACorps, is an abbreviation for Volunteer Adventure Corps. Because many people inquire about the origins of this name, allow us to share a special piece of program history with you— the story of how our name came to be and why we still use this intriguing name. [...]

VACorps Reunion in 2015?

As we approach the end of another amazing year at VACorps, we've reluctantly said goodbye to more incredible people who have rightfully earned their titles as program legends*. The difficult part of our otherwise amazing job is getting to know you well enough that it's very sad to see you go! The upside is that [...]

VACorps Meal Plan: Introducing Ivy’s Kitchen

VACorps master chef, Ivy Homoi greeted the latest arrival of interns today for a Welcome Lunch after orientation.  "Welcome to Africa, South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town, and welcome to the VAC family." Ivy has been a landmark at VACorps for over six years and has warmed her way in to the hearts of 100's [...]