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 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, September 19th, October 3rd, and October 17th, and November 7th

Program Session Dates + BEST Arrival Dates for 2022

Session 1 January 9th – April 22nd, 2022

  • BEST Session 1 Arrival Dates: January 9th, January 23rd, February 6th, February 20th, and March 6th.

Session 2 May 8th – August 27th, 2022

  • BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 8th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd, and July 17th.

Session 3 September 4th – December 10th, 2022

  • BEST Session 3 Arrival Dates: September 4th, September 18th, October 2nd, and October 16th, and November 6th

*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).

2021 Program Calendar

Session 2 May 9th – August 27th, 2021

Session 3 August 29th – December 10th, 2021

2022 VACorps Program Calendar

Session 1: January 9th – April 22nd, 2022

  • South African public schools reopen: January 19th
  • VACorps SCUBA Club Open Water Course kick-off: January 28th, February 25th, and March 11th
  • VACorps Weekend Adventure to the Cederbergs: February 18th – February 20th
  • Hotspots2C Kruger Park Trip: March 13th – March 18th 
  • Human Rights Day: March 21st (Public Holiday – no internship)
  • SA School Holiday: 26th March – 3rd of April (no internship for those working at SA schools)
  • Good Friday: April 15th (Public Holiday- no internship)
  • Family Day: April 18th (Public Holiday- no internship)

Session 2: May 8th – August 27th, 2022

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

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