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A beautiful 2.5 months in South Africa
Submitted by Sam Westmoreland - University of Oregon | June 11, 2018
I chose Cape Town because I have always been intrigued by South African culture as it is so different from my own culture. I loved learning about the country's history, as well as connecting with the clients at my internship site. The people in Cape Town are so kind and welcoming, and really make you feel like you are part of their family. I know that without a doubt, this experience will help propel me forward both professionally and personally. My work here is applicable to many jobs that I will be applying for in the future, and I have grown so much as a person in the process. I came to Cape Town for 2 and a half months, and although I am homesick, a piece of my heart will always be left in this beautiful country. I recommend that everyone come to visit South Africa at some point in their lives - you will NOT regret it. I was nervous and scared to come here, but I am so glad I did. I wouldn't change it for the world! And, special thanks to the VAC staff who helped me through everything here. They are some of the kindest and generous people you will ever meet.
Thank you VAC
Submitted by Devang S - Tufts University | June 08, 2018
Where should I start? I had set out on a journey two years back exploring and integrating different kinds of global experiences as asked by my university. Starting from war zones to premiere business hubs, I had gained a taste of it all. However, Cape Town swept me off my feet. Starting from alluring wine yards, fantastic weather and bewildering hikes to a nuanced analysis of this young yet progressive nation at the Parliament, was an experience of a lifetime.
VAC by its simple nature seems way too humble for the astounding network of placement sites it has in South Africa. They connected me to an internship site that was a one-stop shop to learn everything about South African Legislation and Policy-making in a short period. I got to sit with the MPs in the coveted Sub-Committee Level Meetings which are the engine of Policymaking for South Africa. With each meeting attended you get to publish a report in a simplified yet Parliamentary manner such that it is understandable to civilians of South Africa. You help in opening a window of transparency straight from the Parliament to the society. Besides, my site also has research projects going on at all the times where you can contribute and learn new tools of analysis.
Besides, the weekly activities provided by VAC gives an opportunity explore the amazing place that Cape Town is. Despite the fact that I stayed in Cape Town for nearly 12 weeks, I know I have not exhausted the things I could do there. Also, being the social butterfly that I am, I got to interact with people coming from all the parts of the world who were a part of the VAC family like I was. In many occasions, the VAC staff went out of its way to help in times of need starting from waiting at the airport in the middle of the night since one of connecting flights was delayed in Johannesburg. They are friendly and warm people who make sure that you don't feel homesick at all.
Cape Town is serene yet vibrant. It has something for everyone. All you need to do is submit to it and enjoy your time there while learning at each moment. Cheers!
An unforgettable internship experience in Cape Town!
Submitted by Hollie Citerone - Millersville University | May 22, 2018
I could write a novel about all of the things I have learned while being in South Africa. I chose Cape Town originally for the amazing scenic views. I pictured myself laying on the beach, climbing mountains, and seeing wild animals. When I arrived, I did all of that and so much more. My favorite part of being here was learning about the culture and people of South Africa. Everyone I met here was so inviting and friendly. I learned how to ask for help when I needed it, take chances, and slow down. I found tranquility in nature as well as the busy streets of the city.
At my internship site, I was overwhelmed at first by the differences in the school system. I found that everyone at the school was so willing to help me learn as a professional as well as share my experience and ideas freely. I was able to try educational practices I had learned in my college courses without worrying if it would work or not. My mentor was always helping me along the way. We celebrated my failures and successes. I learned how to work along side of professionals in my field. I cried on my last day of teaching as I hugged and said goodbye to the students who helped me feel so at home in South Africa. I was thanked by all of the teachers, some I barely spent time with, and felt so appreciated.
I will never forget the mountains, the beaches, the Addo and the garden route, but I will miss the people I have met here and friendships I have formed the most. After about two and half months of being here, I am so sad to leave. I feel like a different person leaving here. I am more knowledgeable about the world, people’s perspectives, who I am and who I want to become in the future. I want to thank VACorps staff for holding my hand along the way but also letting me go on my own to explore this beautiful country. I know I will be back someday soon.
Inspiring internship in Cape Town
Submitted by Steffi A - University of Queensland | March 01, 2018
My internship with VACorps was an amazing and inspiring experience that left me no doubt as to what career pathway I will choose in the future. I was really happy to meet some incredible people at my internship site - the doctors, nurses, staff, and patients. They are all equally amazing people that taught me not only more about medicine but also life skills such as adaptability and how to communicate with patients. The clinical exposure allowed me to become much more acquainted with specific diseases such as HIV, TB, and diabetes, especially on my ability to communicate with others in a professional manner. I really enjoyed the challenge that was provided on a daily basis.
Mornings with Mongezi
Submitted by Samantha Leung - University of Melbourne | February 01, 2018
Mongezi is the physiotherapist I shadowed for 3 weeks and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As I wanted to know whether I want to work in this field or not, I learnt many things - like how to issue elbow crutches and walking sticks to patients, that amps have to meet certain requirements of the criteria in order for the patient to apply for prosthetic, and after applying for prosthetic the patients take time to exercise and strengthen their amp before putting it on officially, etc.
Besides that, he taught me some Xhosa phrases to learn their language helped me get exposed to the state the township was in - with all the illegal wire connections in order to get electricity in their tin houses.
In addition, he had this easy-going, friendly nature that I observed makes the patients feel at ease with him. He makes the patients smile and laugh. He welcomed me to ask any questions, and elaborated his answers with such expertise yet easy to understand.
He is truly inspirational.