Jackie Berger
Michigan, USA

Jackie is studying political science and history at the University of Michigan. She participated in a journalism internship at a community TV Station in May 2018.

“When I told my friends I would be spending 12 weeks of my summer in Africa, they thought I was crazy. However, looking back there is absolutely no other way in which I would want to spend my summer. My only regret is that I wish I could’ve stayed longer. From the moment I got off the plane and grabbed my bags, I was greeted with a network of support that helped me make the transition to Capetonian life. It was a very easy transition to make given the friendly atmosphere of Cape Town. The people here are some of the loveliest and nicest people you will ever meet!

Professionally speaking, VAC did a phenomenal job providing support and answering questions about my internship. I was placed in a journalism internship at a Community TV Station, which allowed me to not only learn more about the journalism field but also explore the many different parts of the Cape Peninsula. I learned a great deal about the lifestyles of native Capetonians from those living in the City Centre all the way to the outskirts of the townships. There was certainly no better way to learn about Cape Town than by going out and exploring, and with my internship, I was able to do that every single day!

Cape Town is a magical place that houses any adventurer’s hopes and desires. Between three peaks, two oceans, countless Winelands, and incredible wildlife, you will never be bored visiting this fantastic city. I promise you this place will change your life forever. Doing VACorps was the best decision I have ever made. I’m already planning my return trip. See you soon Cape Town!”

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Derya Tunçaral, Istanbul, Turkey (2023)

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Isabelle Ryan, Illinois, USA (2023)

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Alize Serez, Istanbul, Turkey, (2023)

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Carley Adams, Ontario, Canada, (2023)

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