• South Africa
    • Cape Town
4 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
For details regarding pricing, please visit our website (www.vacorps.com/program-cost).
What's Included
Activities Some Activities Airport Transfers SIM cards Visa Wifi
Jul 01, 2021
Jun 15, 2018

About Program

VACorps counselling and psychology internships will expose you to the complexities of South Africa’s mental health care system. Our internship placements are culturally appropriate and will give you unique access to counselling and social support services in South Africa. This is one of our most popular and competitive internship fields so we can recommend applying at least 3 months in advance!

Our Counselling & Psychology internship sites have included:
- Shelters for abused women and children
- Addiction centres
- Outpatient clinics
- Inpatient clinics (clinical psychology students*)
- Mental Health NGOs

Experience and exposure to the DSM V are helpful and these internships are reserved for mature students of all ages with a keen interest in becoming professional counsellors, clinical psychologists, addiction counsellors, early childhood development, and for pre-med students interested in psychiatry.

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Program Highlights

  • Tailored Internship Placement
  • 24/7 On-the-Ground Support
  • Weekly Cultural Excursions
  • Program Housing
  • Weekly Culture Series

Program Reviews

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  • Housing 9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Is This Program For You & How To Make The Most of Your Trip <3

This review is from the perspective of a low-income student and Gilman scholar who travelled abroad for the first time. I chose a program with VA Corps that allowed me to do a Psychology Internship Abroad.

Pros & Cons of Price Tip 1# Plan 6months in Advance & Get SCHOLARSHIPS

This program is one of the most expensive that I have seen. Since I started applying two months before the deadline I missed the deadline for a lot of scholarships. I was honest about my financial situation and the program was more than willing to help me find scholarships. They offer scholarships for different locations and organization affiliations. For example, as a Gilman scholar I was able to receive a scholarship from the gooverseas program. If you are a student from any western country the currency exchange is great. If you are a low-income student do not be discouraged by the price. I was able to do the program and I do not regret it at all.

Pros & Cons of Being Placed In An Internship Tip 2# Be flexible

A lot of my professors warned me about interning abroad because they have had a lot of poor experiences. My placement was a mixed bag. I originally came to do an occupational therapy internship but I was placed as a psychology intern after my arrival. I was offered a different internship but after a week of bonding with teachers and students I decided to stick with my program. I still talk with the teacher who mentored me in SA. She welcomed me into her home and often brought different SA foods for me to try. We also still message over FB. If you are more rigid I recommend a different program but if you are willing to take things as they come you will do great.

Pros & Cons of Housing Tip #3 Opt for the Better Housing

A highlight of this program is the choice of excellent housing! I choose the best housing option possible and it was a highlight. I only had 4 housemates at a time and we truly bonded. Other interns tended to have way too many housemates and cliques. People who opted to choose their own housing did not like it very much.

Pros & Cons of Social Life Tip #4 Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The VACorps planned amazing trips. I had the time of my life with some of the best people I have ever met. I cannot express to you the quality of people that I was blessed enough to meet and it happened through going on the planned trips. We went zip lining through mountains, surfing, hiking, and wine tasting. Out of all of those things the surfing took the most courage I had just taken a course called Survival Swimming and I did not have a lot of confidence in water. I also had never been in the ocean before. I got in the water a little bit and a ripple from a wave hit me and I thought "OMG this thing is alive". I walked right back to the beach and said "No way! I would like to live to see another day". Then an instructor came out and convinced me to try again and I did. That experience allowed me to become comfortable with experiencing more. That confidence has never left me. The only con is that you may have to talk with your supervisor so that you can go on these wonderful trips but that shouldn't be a problem.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could improve by improving transparency about confirming an internship site. As I mentioned before, I initially wanted to do an occupational therapy internship and was placed as a psychology intern because I have a degree in Psychology. I did express that I was not satisfied and better options were provided. So be vocal if this happens to you and I am 99.5% sure that they will help match with another organization. You have to be vocal if you have issues at your site.
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Yes, I recommend this program

my internship experience in Cape Town with VACorps program

As my journey to this beautiful country is about to end, i have to admit that Cape Town is the most beautiful country i have ever visited. It was the most challenging and exciting journey i have ever made.
I love challenging myself, doing different things and explore different areas that i haven't been to before, in Cape Town i had the opportunity to experience all of that, Cape Town has it all; environment, cool places to visit and friendly people to share memories with. It's almost 2 months and i wish i could stay longer..
My internship experience was amazing, and the staff made it easier for me to cope better with different challenging cases, it enhanced my observation and communication skills where i can use my compassionate side to help people with different problems.

I could say that it a lifetime experience, everyone should try it oneday.

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