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A crazy internship in all the best ways!
Submitted by Jason E. - Plains, Kansas | May 26, 2017
My experience at a medical clinic in the townships in Cape Town was crazy in all the best ways. During my time I rotated through trauma, maternity and the HIV and TB clinic. At each department, I gained an extreme amount of practical experience!!! In many ways, my time at the clinic pushed me outside of my comfort zone and that was why it was so memorable.
Other than my time spent working, every chance I got, I was exploring Cape Town. I learned to surf, climbed every mountain I could and I experienced festivals, wine crawls, outdoors cinemas and everything in between. For many reasons, I will never forget Cape Town and I will certainly be back
4 months in Cape Town that I will hold in my heart forever!!!
Submitted by Julia Leikin - University of Maryland | May 23, 2017
My four months in Cape Town has been the most incredible part of my life to date. In this short time, I have been immersed in a new culture, explored the most breathtaking nature, met beautiful people from all over the world, and truly grew immensely as a person. I am incredibly thankful for VAC for so much of my experience here--from providing short but impactful glimpses into South African culture to creating an extensive international community for interns to call home in their time here.
Making the decision to take a semester off of University to travel alone to South Africa was intimidating. It is hard to get an idea of what to expect before leaving, especially as a young person with little solo travel experience. The VAC team was incredibly helpful and supportive in the months leading up to my departure; I only realized once I arrived how much weight they took off of my shoulders. After I was all settled and oriented, it was always nice to have the VAC team (who quickly became friends) to provide support where needed and plan fun weekly activities that got the whole community out together.
I am so sad that my time in Cape Town has come to an end, but also so thankful for the experience. After all of the research I did in preparation, I am so glad that I found and chose to be a part of the VAC program. They provided the perfect balance of support/structure and freedom and ensures a safe a positive intern experience. This experience is one I will hold in my heart for the rest of my life, and I already cannot wait to come back to Cape Town as soon as I can!
Program: Marketeing internships in Cape Town
Two amazing months in South Africa
Submitted by Grace Babcock - Winston-Salem, North Carolina | May 23, 2017
My time in South Africa were two of the best months of my life for so many different reasons. My internship at a township clinic was awesome, very informative and a great experience that I felt was very applicable to my graduate PT program at home. Cape Town and its surrounding areas also have so many opportunities for adventures, whether that be hiking, beaches, wine and food tours, or just scenic drives, that there is never a dull moment. However, by far the most memorable part of my time in Cape Town was the people I met. My housemates and other VAC interns became family and friends I will stay in touch with for a long time. My advice for future interns working at clinics is not to be embarrassed to talk to the patients and ask questions and be very open-minded.
A great time and new perspective!
Submitted by C.Jimenez - University of Manitoba | May 17, 2017
I had a great time in South Africa! I had many amazing and memorable experiences from snorkelling with seals, going on safari, hugging elephants and ostriches, surfing in Muizenberg, hiking gorgeous mountain trails, (almost!) getting mugged by a baboon at Cape of Good Hope, to paragliding off of signal hill! Cape Town is an amazing city with amazing people and a vibrant energy! Working in Khayelitsya Site B Community Clinic also gave me a new perspective on health care. South African healthcare is very amazing and is centred on the concept that health is a basic human right and that everyone should have safe and equitable access to medications and health services. Both Canadian and South African health care are faced with their own challenges and it was an amazing opportunity to be able to compare and contrast the two systems and to develop a new perspective on health care provision.
Cape Town is the best place ever!
Submitted by Hannah Gardner - DePauw | May 10, 2017
I'm not going to lie, my first few days in Cape Town were a bit of culture shock. I was a little overwhelmed and didn't know where I was safe and what I was supposed to do. Now that I am leaving after three months, I feel stupid for ever feeling like that. It was harder than expected to adjust to the Cape Town lifestyle. but now I am scared to go back to the United States. VACorps made me feel so welcome and the Bus Tour was a great way to see the city and be touristy for the day. It is such a good way to meet people and create a group of friends that live in close quarters with you. It was nice to not jump into the internship right away. You have a few days to get comfortable, move into your room, see Cape Town and get to know Obs.
My internship actually helped with adjusting to Cape Town. It was nice having a schedule and routine. I was lucky enough to work Monday-Thursday so I was able to attend almost all of the Friday VACtivities :) I really enjoyed the Friday events because we did things that were on my bucket lists! It is nice not having to pay for it and having something scheduled for you. It was nice because you have the freedom to choose what events you are interested in. You are not forced to go. So if you would rather do something else that day, you can. VAC was there for you when you needed them, but also gave you plenty of freedom to do what you wanted. I liked having VAC to ask questions and to have a support team. Don't worry though, you get from VAC what you want. They can set up trips for you and are just all around helpful!
Cape Town is honestly the best place ever. It is the most beautiful scenery I have ever been around and I am so sad to be leaving today. I will miss the people, the vibes, the hikes, the adventures, and everything that is Cape Town. During your time here, take risks. Do things you never dreamed of doing. Comfort zones do no exist here. I have been skydiving, bungy jumping, and shark cage diving and I want to do more. Some may say I'm an adrenaline addict, I say I am taking advantage of every opportunity. So make the most of your time and say, "YES!" I'm jealous of anyone coming to Cape Town for an internship because I wish I could stay longer.
I loved my internship. It was honestly the perfect match. You can choose if you want a lot of coworkers or not. I worked with about 7-8 other people at a digital marketing firm and they were the chillest people. I gained so much professional experience and was introduced to the marketing world. After this internship I have a better idea of what I want to do after school. I loved everything about my internship, VAC, and Cape Town!"
Program: Marketeing internships in Cape Town