VACorps Program Calendar

The VACorps Program Calendar

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 2022

Session 3 September 4th – December 10th, 2022

  • BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: September 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th; October 1st, 2nd, 15th 16th;  November 5th & 6th

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

Program Session Dates + BEST Arrival Dates for 2023

Session 1 January 3rd – April 28th, 2023

  • BEST Session 1 Arrival Dates: January 14th-15th, February 4th-5th, and March 4th-5th.
  • BEST Session 1 Gap Year Program Arrival Dates: January 3rd-4th until March 10th. (Optional trip to Kruger Park from March 11th – 15th)

Session 2 May 2nd – September 1st, 2023

  • BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 6-7th, June 8th, June 17-18th, July 1st-2nd, and July 15th-16th.

Session 3 September 2nd – December 15th, 2023

  • BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: September 2nd-3rd, September 16th-17th, September 30th-October 1st, and October 14th-15th.

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

Important Dates to consider as you plan your trip to South Africa

There are three Program Sessions in the VACorps annual calendar, the dates of which we have outlined above. Each session typically features at least one optional weekend adventure and one optional safari trip to Kruger Park. We have also noted public holidays and South African school holidays (relevant to participants who are interning at schools).

2022 VACorps Program Calendar

Session 3: September 4th – December 10th, 2022

  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: September 16th
  • Heritage Day: September 24th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Cederbergs: September 30th – October 2nd
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: October 7th & November 11th
  • Mozambique & Kruger Park Trip: November 10th – November 20th

2023 VACorps Program Calendar

Session 1: January 3rd – April 28th, 2023

  • Recommended dates of arrival for gap year participants: January 3rd-4th
  • South African public schools reopen: on January 11th
  • Recommended weekend for independent participants to arrive in Cape Town: January 14th-15th
  • Garden Route Safari Trip with HotSpots2C: January 27th – 29th and February 25th – 27th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Cederbergs: February 17th – February 19th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off dates: February 6th, and March 6th
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip: March 11th – March 15th
  • Human Rights Day: March 21st (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • SA School Holidays: March 27th – April 10th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Good Friday: April 7th (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • Family Day: April 10th (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • Freedom Day: April 27th (Public Holiday- no internship)

Session 2: May 2nd – September 1st, 2023

  • Workers Day: May 1st (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: June 5th and July 3rd
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure June TBC (ask your VACorps program advisor for more information)
  • SA School Holidays: June 26th – July 16th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Youth Day: June 16th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip: June TBC (ask your VACorps program advisor for more information)
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to Hermanus: July TBC
  • National Women’s Day: August 9th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip: August TBC (ask your VACorps program advisor for more information)

Session 3: September 2nd – December 15th, 2023

  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: September 26th and October 16th
  • Heritage Day: September 24th
  • SA School Holidays: September 30th – October 9th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Cederbergs: October 27th – 29th
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip: November TBC (ask your VACorps program advisor for more information)
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