Virginia Detrick— North Carolina
North Carolina, USA

I chose to intern abroad in Cape Town because I was looking to experience living abroad in a place completely unique from what I was used to in the United States. I had previously participated in internships at home but I really wanted something new and loved the idea of gaining experience working internationally. Interning an environmental conservation trust really showed me how passionate I was about connecting to nature and helping to conserve the environment. My colleagues truly demonstrated their knowledge and commitment to educating youth about improving the environment, which helped me develop a more complete idea of what I would like to do career-wise. With regards to the VACorps family, I think that good people and good conversation really make an experience; my time here was absolutely amazing thanks to all of the people that I met. I was in Cape Town for 12 weeks and definitely recommend staying for as long as possible because it starts to feel like home.

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Meet past participants:

Olivia Prodin, Michigan, USA (2021)

 Olivia is studying engineering and sustainability at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the VACorps Program in June 2021 and participated in a sustainability internship at a local NGO.  “Coming to Cape […]

Chase Magnano, Florida, USA (2021)

Chase, pictured on the right, joined the VACorps program in March 2021 as part of his gap year and participated in a sustainability internship at an Urban Farm in Cape Town. Chase will begin […]

Benjamin Malin, San Francisco, USA (2021)

Ben (pictured far left) joined the VACorps program in February 2021 as part of his GAP year and will be studying at Washington University in the fall.  He participated in a sustainable development internship […]

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