VACorps Statement on the COVID-19 Virus
VACorps Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Last Updated: April 1st, 2020)
VACorps is committed to ensuring that its participants have safe and enjoyable experiences in South Africa. We proudly maintain a 14-year track record of helping our participants safely navigate both domestic and international health and safety concerns, including most recently, the Cape Town water crisis of 2018; the Ebola outbreak of 2016; and the xenophobia riots of 2008. Accordingly, we are actively monitoring developments surrounding the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as it relates to your future participation in the VACorps program.
At the time of publication, the South African government has implemented a 21-day national lockdown which will conclude on the 16th of April 2020. This means all non-essential businesses and workers are to remain at home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Although South Africa is currently in the middle of a lockdown, VACorps staff are all safely working from home and assisting future program participants with trip planning, internship placements, and are available to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to reach out to your program advisor at any stage or contact us today for further assistance.
As of April 1st 2020, South Africa has greatly reduced its rate of new infections since entering a national lockdown, which as it stands today, is hope for a promising outcome in the coming weeks. Should the situation change, we will communicate with our future participants and partners accordingly with complete transparency and provisional contingency plans.
In saying so, once the South African government lifts its travel ban and allows visitor’s to safely enter South Africa again, the VACorps program will resume its full operations and internship programming. We are cautiously optimistic that future participants will be able to freely pursue their internship goals in South Africa as early as May 2020 without fear or worry so we do ask for your patience, understanding, and empathy during these turbulent and uncertain times.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns prior to your anticipated arrival to Cape Town. We will keep you updated through this dynamic situation and we can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful city soon.
The VACorps Team