Anya Shemet
Oregon, USA

Anya joined the VACorps Program in 2019 and participated in a Social Work and Human Rights Internship.  

“I originally was not planning on coming to Cape Town but it was recommended to me during my interview and I decided to just take a chance and try it. When I was first paired with my internship I did not think that it was going to be a good fit. I was completely terrified to start work at my internship site, it was so far outside of anything that I was comfortable with and I definitely did not think that I would enjoy it. I ended up learning so much about myself and my field that I would’ve never expected. My time at my internship made me not only a better student but also a better person and it was completely unexpected. My internship transformed from something I was dreading to something it hurts to leave.”

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Pallavi Bhargava, Maryland, USA (2023)

Pallavi joined the VACorps Program as part of her Gap Year and participated in a human rights internship.  “The last 2.5 months in Cape Town have been some of the best of my life! […]

Mya Tosomeen, Queensland, Australia (2023)

Mya is studying towards a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations and a Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. She joined the VACorps program in October 2022 and participated in […]

Laura Balan, Tennessee, USA (2022)

Laura recently earned a BA in Social Work at Belmont University. She joined the VACorps Program in July 2022 and participated in a social work internship at an NGO based in one of Cape […]

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