Emily Hayhurst
California, USA

Emily is from California and joined VACorps in January 2019 to participate in a communications and human rights internship.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in communications and will be graduating in 2020.

“Interning in Cape Town provided me with such a unique opportunity to gain both professional experience and the chance to explore a completely new place- one I’m not sure I ever would’ve made it to without this program. By far my favorite part of my abroad experience was all of the trips VACorp took us on, from different places in Cape Town each Friday to bigger trips like Cederberg and MozKruger. It was really nice to visit so many places without having to worry about the logistics of getting there and figuring out what to do once we got there. I am also super grateful that this trip pushed me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways because I feel much more prepared to face the world once I graduate college. I absolutely loved my experience in South Africa and I wish I could do it all again!” 

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Nick Newman, Ohio, USA (2022)

Nick is studying Business Economics and Finance at Ohio University. He joined the VACorps program in May 2022 and participated in a finance internship at a financial advisory firm.   “I chose Cape Town after […]

Drew Marshall, Connecticut, USA (2022)

Drew joined the VACorps program in February 2022 as part of his GAP year, and participated in an internship at a local surfboard manufacturing company. He attends University of Virginia and is majoring in […]

Leyla Theunissen, New York, USA (2021)

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