Hannah Gardner
Winchester, Tennessee USA

Hannah participated in a marketing internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2017.

“I’m not going to lie, my first few days in Cape Town were a bit of culture shock. I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t know where I was safe and what I was supposed to do. Now that I am leaving after three months, I feel stupid for ever feeling like that. It was harder than expected to adjust to the Cape Town lifestyle. but now I am scared to go back to the United States. VACorps made me feel so welcome and the Bus Tour was a great way to see the city and be touristy for the day. It is such a good way to meet people and create a group of friends that live in close quarters with you. It was nice to not jump into the internship right away. You have a few days to get comfortable, move into your room, see Cape Town and get to know Obs.

“My internship actually helped with adjusting to Cape Town. It was nice having a schedule and routine. I was lucky enough to work Monday-Thursday so I was able to attend almost all of the Friday VACtivities 🙂 I really enjoyed the Friday events because we did things that were on my bucket lists! It is nice not having to pay for it and having something scheduled for you. It was nice because you have the freedom to choose what events you are interested in. You are not forced to go. So if you would rather do something else that day, you can. VACorps was there for you when you needed them, but also gave you plenty of freedom to do what you wanted. I liked having VACorps to ask questions and to have a support team. Don’t worry though, you get from VACorps what you want. They can set up trips for you and are just all around helpful!

“Cape Town is honestly the best place ever. It is the most beautiful scenery I have ever been around and I am so sad to be leaving today. I will miss the people, the vibes, the hikes, the adventures, and everything that is Cape Town. During your time here, take risks. Do things you never dreamed of doing. Comfort zones do no exist here. I have been skydiving, bungy jumping, and shark cage diving and I want to do more. Some may say I’m an adrenaline addict, I say I am taking advantage of every opportunity. So make the most of your time and say, “YES!” I’m jealous of anyone coming to Cape Town for an internship because I wish I could stay longer.

“I loved my internship. It was honestly the perfect match. You can choose if you want a lot of coworkers or not. I worked with about 7-8 other people at a digital marketing firm and they were the chillest people. I gained so much professional experience and was introduced to the marketing world. After this internship, I have a better idea of what I want to do after school. I loved everything about my internship, VACorps, and Cape Town!”

Hannah Gardner enjoying the good life in South Africa!