Emily Nelson
Minnesota, USA

Emily joined the VACorps Program in January 2019 and participated in an Social Work Internship. She had this to say about her experience:

“Living in Cape Town for 3 months was the best decision of my life! Every day I learned something new about South Africa and discovered something new about myself. What I love most about Cape Town are all the beautiful views and fun activities it has. From hiking to eating, to shark cage diving, I was never bored. I loved walking out of my home to see the beautiful mountains that I conquered the previous weekend. I interned at St. Michael’s Child and Youth Care Center, where I worked with twenty-five teenage girls who are taken out of their homes for adverse reasons. I learned how easy it is to forget to be grateful for everyday things. I also learned that no matter how much empathy I show, I will never understand what one has gone through. I highly recommend VaCorps because they were always there when I needed something. They provide an excellent orientation to introduce you to areas of Cape town that you need to know. VaCorps provides amazing Friday activities, where I met all of my friends here in Cape Town. The activities allowed me to take a Friday off and go explore Cape Town with my friends. I’m most grateful for the staff at VACorps because they truly care about you and your experience in Cape Town.”

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Meet past participants:

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 […]

Hannah Choe, New Jersey, USA (2022)

Hannah joined the VACorps Program in January 2022 as part of her GAP year and participated in an education internship at a local school. “I chose Cape Town to be my home for three […]

Scott Beames, California, USA (2022)

Scott joined the VACorps Program in March 2022 as part of his GAP year and participated in an education internship at a local school.  “I chose to come to Cape Town because of the […]

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