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 2019

Session 3 September 1st – November 29th, 2019

  • BEST arrival dates: September 1st, September 15th, October 6th, and October 20th

Program Session Dates + BEST Arrival Dates for 2020

Session 1 January 19th – April 17th, 2020

  • BEST Session 1 Arrival Dates: January 19th, February 2nd, February 16th, and March 1st

Session 2 May 3rd – August 28th, 2020

  • BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 10th, May 17th, May 31st, June 21st, July 5th, and July 19th

Session 3 August 30th – December 4th, 2020

BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: August 30th, September 13th, October 4th, and October 18th

*Please note that we do not accept program arrivals in December or during 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 3 (2019)

  • School Holiday Break: September 23rd – September 30th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Heritage Day: September 24th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: October 10th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure: October 11th – October 13th
  • Mozambique & Kruger Park Trip: November 7th – 17th
  • VACorps Thanksgiving Dinner: November 28th

Session 1 Jan 19th – April 17th, 2020

  • South African public schools reopen: January 9th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: February 11th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure: February 21st – February 23rd
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: March 3rd
  • VACorps 1-Day Trip to the West Coast: March 14th
  • Mozambique & Kruger Park Trip: March 19th – March 29th
  • SA School Holiday: 20th – 31st March (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Good Friday: April 10th (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • Family Day: April 13th (Public Holiday- no internship)

Session 2 May 3rd – August 28th, 2020

  • Workers Day (Public Holiday- no internship): May 1st
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: May 26th & June 3rd
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Eglin Valley: June 12th – June 13th
  • SA School Holidays: June 12th – July 7th (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Youth Day: June 16th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • Mozambique & Kruger Park Trip: June 25th – July 5th
  • VACorps 1-Day Trip to Cape Agulhas (The Southern tip of Africa!): July 11th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: July 14th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to Hermanus: July 24th – July 26th
  • National Women’s Day: August 10th (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • Mozambique & Kruger Park Trip: August 20th – August 30th

Session 3 August 30th – December 5th, 2020

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