Sam Brabeck

Massachusetts, USA

Sam joined the VACorps program in January 2023 and participated in a public health and counseling internship at an NGO that supports mothers and children.

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“I didn’t know what to expect before leaving for South Africa, but VACorps truly exceeded all of my expectations. I appreciate the amount of freedom that VAC grants its students while still providing some structure and support. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person because of the freedom we’ve had here, but I appreciate the moments that we spend altogether, most commonly at the Friday VAC Activities. The VAC program also creates the perfect balance of work and play, and I credit this balance to why I have absolutely loved my time here in Cape Town. VAC paired me with the perfect internship for my interests, and this real-world experience has informed me about what I want to study in the future, and I feel confident I will return to the States with a newfound passion and drive I didn’t have before. When I’m not at my internship site, I am always exploring the beautiful city, and I never run out of things to do with friends. I’ve done a bit of everything, from surfing to wine tasting to hiking, and I could not be happier with the time I spent here. I spent 2.5 months in Cape Town with VAC, and it doesn’t feel like nearly enough time. The people here are truly indescribable; I’ve definitely found a family with VAC.”