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 2022

Session 1 January 8th – April 22nd, 2022

  • BEST Session 1 Arrival Dates: January 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd,  23rd; February 5th, 6th, 19th, 20th; March 5th, 6th.

Session 2 May 8th – August 27th, 2022

  • BEST Session 2 Arrival Dates: May 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd;  June 4th, 5th, 18th, 19th;  July 2nd, 3rd, 16th & 17th.

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.

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 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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