Leah Kaylor - 2014 Program Participant
View of Cape Town coast.
How did you first discover Volunteer Adventure Corps?
I actually found VACorps because an ad came up on my Facebook newsfeed. I honestly thought it was way too good to be true and almost passed it up thinking it was some type of Internet scam. But my curiosity got the better of me (I’m glad it did) and I clicked on the link. I was immediately taken to a webpage showing me all the amazing internships and activities VACorps had to offer. I was hooked! I scoured the entire website reading everything about the company. Soon after, I found myself emailing VACorps to start finding my dream internship.
Why did you choose to intern abroad with Volunteer Adventure Corps instead of other organizations offering opportunities in Cape Town?
Study abroad programs for graduate students are few and far between and almost impossible to set up with all the additional requirements and documentation needed. I was fearful that I would not be able to find a program offering international internships for graduate students. Luckily, the VACorps team was more than accommodating when finding me the perfect internship and did not mind all the additional requirements my graduate program needed. Checking out all of the testimonials from previous interns was a huge selling point for me. I couldn’t wait to see what type of placement site VACorps would find for me.
Why did you choose Cape Town for your international internship in psychology?
I have a passion for exploring the world and all its many wonders. I am a “travelaholic.” I have studied abroad twice during my undergraduate career (Semester at Sea & CIEE - University of Wollongong, Australia). I always try to take advantage of every opportunity presented to me. I wanted to choose a location to complete my internship that I probably would never get another chance to spend an entire three months in, and Cape Town was the place to do just that. I started to research South Africa and soon had my heart set on making it a priority to get to Cape Town.