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Education internships in South Africa

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Internship Placement

    10

Observatory Primary School

Working at OJS was absolutely perfect! Teaching the literacy program to struggling readers was a great opportunity and was relevant to my studies back in the States. My supervisor was very supportive as well as the other school staff.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Can't wait to be back!

Being able to work and live in Observatory has forever changed my life, and it will never be forgotten. While living in Observatory, there was always something new to see or do. There was always a new restaurant or café to go to. The vibe that you experience because of how it is set up and the people who live in the town is very unique. I loved being able to work in Observatory. I was able to compare and contrast the United States schools versus South African schools in terms of teaching techniques, curriculum, and assessments. At least in Observatory, their were a lot of behavior management problems that could have easily been solved, but are lacking. It was interesting to see and to learn about the assessments that the children have to take. I think it is great that South Africa requires children to learn English along with two other African languages. I was thrilled that not only was I able to create lessons for the children, but I was also able to teach them to some groups of children. I was also given the opportunity to work with the more struggling children in some of the grades and help them with their English. Working at this schools has really made me consider coming back to Cape Town after I graduate and work here permanently.

Not only was living in working in Observatory amazing, but just being in one of the most beautiful cities was amazing. Not many people get to experience a place like this, and I am very grateful for have been give the opportunity. Thank you VAC for everything.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

Be open to your future career

I did not have nay non-profit experience before starting this internship. I appreciate the professionals there. The loving and caring environment made me feel at home. They know what they do matters to the youth. I worked in the communication department. Whilst I was there they were undergoing rebranding which was great to be a part of. I got the opportunity to help shape the future of the organisation. This experience was amazing. I got to know how hard the rebranding process is and where attention should be focused during the rebranding. Valuable experience.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Life in Cape Town

I had an amazing experience with VAC in Cape Town. I worked in a primary school with student who were bussed in from townships. Two days a week I did one on one literacy tutoring and two days a week I helped coach PE classes. I enjoyed every moment in Cape Town and am sad to leave!