Project Description

Gap Year Internships in South Africa

Add structure to your Gap Year and participate in a Gap Year internship in Cape Town, South Africa, the most beautiful city in the world. Gain relevant and professional experience in your chosen field and be forever changed by the cultural and experiential learning opportunities afforded to you by our city and its people.

Why do a Gap Year Internship in Cape Town with VACorps?

A Gap Year Internship offers you relevant work experience and cultural immersion in the beautiful, vibrant, and diverse city of Cape Town, South Africa. During your internship, you will get to preview a career what you want (or may not want) to study in college/university. You will experience meaningful social engagement and be exposed to cultural norms and a way of life that is profoundly different from what you know back in your home country. Be prepared to expand your comfort zones, gain independence and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

VACorps has been hosting international interns in Cape Town since 2007.  We have a highly trained and experienced staff on the ground whose purpose is to support you during your stay in Cape Town. Although you will ultimately be responsible for making the most of your internship and Gap year experience in Cape Town, our staff will be there to help you familiarise and integrate into the Cape Town way of life, and will help you feel confident and oriented in your new home.

We recommend this program for the following profile of student:

The VACorps Gap Year Internship Program is better suited for a more mature and independent Gap Year traveler.  You will live with other VACorps program participants and have complete freedom over your schedule and time outside of your internship hours. Although we will be checking in on you regularly, this is not a chaperoned program.

If you are considering VACorps as part of your gap year, we recommend that you join our program either in September or January. Many of our gap year participants choose to arrive in Cape Town during Session 1 (Jan-April) after having previously completed a more structured program in the fall. Participants of VACorps receive a great deal of personal independence and must be self-directed and responsible with time management (e.g., your internship site will expect you to arrive on time every morning).

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Meet Past Participants:

Hannah Choe, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Hannah joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in an education internship at a local school. "I chose Cape Town to be my home for three [...]

Emma Clift, New York, USA (2022)

Emma, (pictured third from the left) joined to VACorps Program in February 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in a public health internship at a large HIV/AIDS foundation.  "I came to [...]

Allison Tarbotton, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Allison (pictured third from the left) joined the VACorps program in January 2022 during her GAP year and participated in a public health internship. She will begin her studies at Northeastern University in the [...]

Amanda Kline, Connecticut, USA (2022)

Amanda joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in a teaching internship. "My experience in the VACorps program was a perfect balance of rigorous internship and [...]

Jack Lariccia, New York, USA (2022)

Jack joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of his gap year and did his internship at a local start-up in the city. He is currently studying at Furman University.  "This was [...]

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Lia Bull-Krieg, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Lia joined the VACorps program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year, and participated in a Human Right's Law Internship. She will begin her studies at Georgetown University in the fall of [...]

Drew Marshall, Connecticut, USA (2022)

Drew joined the VACorps program in February 2022 as part of his GAP year, and participated in an internship at a local surfboard manufacturing company. He attends University of Virginia and is majoring in [...]

Claire Holding, Massachusetts, USA (2021)

Claire joined the VACorps program as part of her GAP year in September 2021 and did an internship at a local NGO that supports and provides services to refugees in Cape Town. "When I [...]

Grant Kuppenheimer, Colorado, USA (2021)

Grant joined the VACorps program in May 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an education internship where he taught at a local school.  He will be attending Queen’s University Ontario, [...]

Chase Magnano, Florida, USA (2021)

Chase, pictured on the right, joined the VACorps program in March 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in a sustainability internship at an Urban Farm in Cape Town. Chase will begin [...]

William Van Dyke, New York, USA (2021)

William, pictured on the far left, joined the VACorps program in February 2021 and participated in a sustainability internship at a local NGO as part of his gap year. He will begin his studies [...]

Will Mallory, California, USA (2021)

Will joined the VACorps program as part of his GAP year in April 2021, and participated in a sustainable development internship at an Urban Farm.  He will begin his studies at Dartmouth in the [...]

Will Havens, Wyoming, USA (2021)

Will, pictured on the left,  joined the VACorps program in March 2021 and participated in a start-up/business internship in Cape Town.  He will begin his studies in the fall of 2021 at Brown University.  [...]

Leyla Theunissen, New York, USA (2021)

Leyla, pictured on the left, joined the VACorps program in 2021 and completed a business internship at an urban farming NGO as part of her GAP Year.  She will begin her studies at the [...]

Teddy Mitchel, Colorado, USA (2021)

Teddy, pictured on the far right, joined the VACorps program in February 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in a manufacturing internship at a furniture factory in Cape Town. He is [...]

Gabrielle Kaplinsky, Chicago, USA (2021)

Gabbie, pictured on the left, joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a hospitality and interior design internship.  She will attend SMU in the fall of 2021. "I chose Cape Town [...]

Sofia Cagliero, Milan, Italy (2021)

Sofia (pictured far right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 and participated in a business start-up internship as part of her gap year.  She will begin her studies at Harvard in September 2021.  [...]

Luke B, New York, USA (2021)

Luke (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program as part of his GAP year where he participated in an internship at a small tourism company in Cape Town. Luke will begin his studies [...]

Jared Casper, New York, USA (2021)

Jared (pictured on the right) joined the VACorps program in January 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in an internship at an NGO that provides support, education, and integration services to [...]

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