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VACorps offers internship placements in Counseling and Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa. Many South African children have been infected, orphaned, and made vulnerable...
An internship abroad with the CTRC
Submitted by Julia - Wheaton College | September 18, 2017
Overall, I chose Cape Town to intern abroad because I wanted to gain international working and living experience, and I wanted to immerse myself in a culture that is very different from what I know. As an international studies major, I have spent a lot of time studying African politics and history, and I wanted to get a more holistic understanding of the current climate by seeing and experiencing it for myself first hand. What I loved most about interning here was making connections with both locals and refugees from all over Africa. You would be amazing to find refugees in Cape Town who have traveled here from as far as North Africa.
My intern experience working at the CTRC made me grow personally and professionally because I learned to adapt to an unfamiliar working environment in an international setting, being that one day I want to work internationally I gained valuable skills learning to work with people from all over the world. Things I will never forget from the refugee center are not only the welcoming staff, but the harrowing stories from refugees who never ceased to inspire and amaze me by their strength and courage. It is hard to pick just one thing that I have loved about being in Cape Town for two months, but I have loved to learn how to navigate and get around a foreign city on my own. The city itself with the diversity and culture has been something I have fallen in love with. I loved the VAC program excursions and the staff, they were very helpful.
Looking back on it, the ultimate highlight of my internship was leading an HIV/AIDS support group at CTRC. The clients and their stories were inspiring and I felt like we were able to make a strong connection. To future participants, I would recommend that you learn to communicate clearly, and always go directly to your own specific supervisor to avoid miscommunications. The centre is a very busy place and you need to learn to take the initiative when your supervisor is not present.
From Kansas to Cape Town
Submitted by Riley J - University of Kansas | September 15, 2017
I chose Cape Town as I have only heard great things about it and didn't want a stereotypical abroad experience in Europe. I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I loved interning here because there is literally SO much to do at all times - my friends and I were great at always having something lined up to do. Hiking, restaurants, bars, animals, beaches, etc. Cape Town has it all!
I believe my internship helped me grow personally as I am quite a dependent person who needs things all lined up and written out before I do anything - this internship was the complete opposite. Some specific highlights at my internship site include going for a team bonding trip to HintHunt escape rooms. We went for my supervisors birthday but it was a nice escape from the office. We also went to a combination birthday-farewell-welcome lunch my last week.
I stayed here 9 weeks and could have easily stayed for another 9 weeks after!!! Everybody here always talks about how Cape Town never truly leaves you and people always come back and I 100% can attest to that. I've already entertained the idea of moving here in the future. There is something for everybody here. I especially loved all the food and restaurants - there's certainly many to choose from.
I would recommend this program to anybody. You should absolutely believe all the hype surrounding studying abroad and all the notions saying "experience of a lifetime." If you can do it, do it. VAC's onsite support team did wonders for us and made the experience that much better - the weekly activities give everyone something to look forward to and connect all the VAC interns together. We have become such close friends!
Program: Marketeing internships in Cape Town
Cape Town has stolen my heart!
Submitted by Ariel - University of Florida | September 06, 2017
I chose Cape Town as the place to intern abroad because I have always wanted to travel to Africa and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. I have loved living in Cape Town, specifically Observatory. There is so much to do here and my house was centrally located. Cape Town has stolen my heart; the people and the amazing views have given me so many opportunities to explore. I also truly enjoyed my internship. It was a wonderful place to work. My co-workers were so welcoming and taught me so much about caring for others. I could not imagine my time here without them. I was very nervous about working with the population at the home, but I as I worked there I got to know the residents and see their amazing abilities and how all of the staff there loved and improved the lives of the individuals. They always created a lively environment that made you feel welcome and at home. I would definitely recommend VACorps to other interns!
If you are considering this program, I would recommend that you enjoy EVERY minute of your time at your internship because it goes by way too quickly. Also, you truly get out whatever you put into your internship, so put your heart into making a difference in these wonderful people's lives.
The highlight of my internship was having the ability to learn from other Occupational Therapists, as well as work independently with my own patients. The program gives you the opportunity to work with many different individuals with varying disabilities, so you get to learn how to help them and how different activities help improve their functioning.
My psychology internship in Cape Town
Submitted by Nikita - George Washington University | September 06, 2017
I participated in a psychology internship in Cape Town and thought the highlight of my internship was the ability to actually shadow the therapy sessions going on in the clinic. In addition, I felt as if I was an equal to the staff - being able to observe everything they did and attending all of their meetings. It was great to receive that type of exposure for someone interested in Psychology.
I choose Cape Town because I had never been to Africa before and I wanted something more than just a simple internship at home. I wanted a learning experience where I could not only dive into greater depth of experience in my field but also learn cultural differences between South Africa therapy sessions and those in America. Even my morning commute was something incredible. There was not a second in this city that I did not love and it was a great combination of work hard and play hard. I only wish that I had stayed longer and would recommend that participants rather arrive in June or July rather than August, as I did if you are planning to participate in the VACorps program during your summer break from college.
My education internship
Submitted by Becca M - Truman State University | August 01, 2017
I chose Cape Town because I knew it had culture and history that I wanted to get to know. I have always been interested in Africa so I took the opportunity and went with it.
For my internship I knew I wanted to do something involving the community and Cape Town has so many wonderful organizations focused on helping the community and I was really drawn to that.
I love the atmosphere at my office. Me and my supervisor get along really well and I am very thankful for her and for my placement. one of my favorite moments though was getting to go to a primary school and see an Oaky lesson be taught.
My internship has taught me that I definitely do not want a desk job. But it has also taught me how to handle family businesses/organizations, how to handle unkind behavior in a positive, manageable way. I personally have grown in independence and my ability to get work done.
I will next forget going to the primary schools and the excitement on the kids faces. Specifically this one kid who wants to become an astronaut and said he wanted to learn to read just so he could teach his little brother. I also will never forget all the cover and coffees.
I have loved getting to explore new foods and all the different experiences I have gotten to have exploring Cape Town. I am glad I stayed for 8 weeks and not 6 because I had more time to do things as well as just enjoy the city. I wish I had more time though, but at the same time I am ready to go home. It is many mixed emotions.
I would recommend VAC because the staff is very nice, welcoming and helpful. They also provide amazing trips. VAC is good with placement and fitting people with organizations.