VACorps will find you a remote internship abroad with a South African company, startup, nonprofit or NGO. During this unique international work opportunity, you will receive a career-relevant internship and work on projects that benefit your host organization. If you are unable to find the time to travel to South Africa, yet want to engage with local organizations in a meaningful way, a remote internship experience is your ideal solution. No visa or expensive international airfare required!
We also offer hybrid internships that will give you the opportunity to begin your internship remotely and then travel to South Africa to meet your colleagues in person and enjoy local travel adventures with VACorps. Speak to our Program Admissions Team to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How does a remote internship abroad in South Africa work?
Discover South African Culture and Language
All remote interns receive the opportunity to participate in the popular VACorps Culture Series. We have adapted this program so that you can learn more about the vibrant culture of South Africa while living abroad. Every week, you are invited to join our live culture series broadcast that is facilitated by local South Africans.
We also offer weekly virtual VACorps Xhosa classes. This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of one of South Africa’s 11 official languages, which is famous for its bantu clicking sounds. After a few sessions, you’ll be able to confidently speak a few essential phrases of this beautiful African language.
VACorps is famous for delivering a program experience that makes our participants feel like an honorary member of our family. We proudly continue this tradition through our remote internship programming. Our team will schedule regular one-on-one conversations with you and provide an insider’s look at the local culture. Our South African staff are some of the friendliest individuals you’ll ever meet, and they can’t wait to proudly share their knowledge of South African culture with you!
Q: Why is a remote internship abroad valuable?
A: In today’s global world, remote working agreements and decentralized company structures are becoming the new norm. During a future job interview, a record of successful international remote working experience will give you an advantage over your peers.
Q: Why should I intern with a company in South Africa rather than in my home country?
A: Even though you will not be physically present in South Africa for your internship, you will still acquire an invaluable international perspective.
Q: Can I participate in a remote internship now and join VACorps in the future?
A: Yes. We have designed a unique hybrid internship model if you’d like to travel to South Africa at the beginning or end of your internship. The standard VACorps program has a minimum recommended internship duration of 4 weeks and if you are someone who is juggling a really busy schedule, a hybrid internship is an ideal solution for someone who can’t travel abroad.
Q: How will I join meetings if I’m based in a different time zone?
A: Your host organization will schedule video chats during times that work best for both of you. If you are in a time zone where there is a major time difference (e.g., PST in the USA), you’ll need to arrange your schedule to join live team meetings at times where you’re not accustomed to being at work. This might include early mornings or late evening meetings.