Recommended Arrival Dates

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Recommended Arrival Dates

We recommend that you arrive on one of the “Best Arrival Dates” listed below to ensure that you will participate in your VACorps program orientation with other new interns who have just arrived in the city. Your orientation will be far more enjoyable when experienced in a group and it’s really fun to explore a new city with other individuals, who like you, are visiting the city for the first time, and don’t know anyone in Cape Town.

Past participants have noted that some of their best friendships were established during their first few days in Cape Town. Remember that anyone who is accepted to the VACorps program is adventurous, open-minded, and culturally curious! So the program orientation is an ideal place to connect with your fellow program participants and start planning adventures and excursions in Cape Town. If you arrive outside of our Best Arrival Dates, there is a chance you will be the only person attending the orientation and you may not establish friendships as quickly.

Program Session Dates + BEST Arrival Dates for 2024

Session 1 January 4th – April 26th, 2024

BEST Session 1 Arrival Dates: January 15th, January 28th-29th, February 11th-12th and March 3rd-4th.
Gap Year Program Dates: January 4th – March 8th. (Optional trip to Kruger Park from March 8th – March 13th)

Session 2 May 5th – August 23rd, 2024

BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 5th-6th, May 19th-20th, June 2nd-3rd, June 15th-16th, June 30th-July 1st, and July 14th-15th.

Session 3 August 26th – December 13th, 2024

BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: September 1st-2nd, September 29th-30th, and October 13th-14th.

*Please note that we do not accept program arrivals in December.