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 3-day 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 2021

Session 1 January 13th – April 16th, 2021 (NOTE, due to our COVID-19 health & safety protocols, VACorps participants arriving during Program Session 1, 2021 may only arrive during the following arrival windows)

  • Arrival Windows: January 13th – 17th, January 20th – 24th, January 27th – January 31st, February 3rd – February 7th, February 24th – 28th

Session 2 May 9th – August 27th, 2021

  • BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 9th, May 16th, May 30th, June 20th, July 4th, and July 18th

Session 3 September 5th – December 3rd, 2021

BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: September 5th, October 3rd, and October 17th, and November 7th

*Please note that we do not accept program arrivals during the last two weeks of December or the last two weeks of April.

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 features at least one optional weekend trip and one optional 10-day trip to Mozambique and the Kruger Park. We have also noted public holidays and South African school holidays (relevant to participants who are interning at schools).

Session 1 Jan 13th – April 18th, 2021

  • South African public schools reopen: January 27th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: February 5th, February 22nd, and March 12th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Cederbergs: February 19th – February 21st
  • VACorps Trip to Kruger National Park & Blyde River Canyon: March 20th – March 28th 
  • SA School Holiday: 1st – 11th of April (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Good Friday: April 2nd (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • Family Day: April 5th (Public Holiday- no internship)

Session 2 May 9th – August 27th, 2021

  • Workers Day (Public Holiday- no internship): May 1st
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: May 21st and June 11th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Eglin Valley: June 12th – June 13th
  • SA School Holidays: June 25th – July 15th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Youth Day: June 16th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip (suggested dates): June 24th – July 4th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: July 9th & July 30th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to Hermanus: July 23rd – July 26th
  • National Women’s Day: August 10th (Public Holiday – no internship): August 9th
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip (suggested dates): August 20th – August 30th

Session 3 August 29th – December 10th, 2021

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