After VACorps noticed my visual storytelling skills on my own Instagram account during my time in Cape Town, I was approached to takeover the VACorps company Instagram to share my journeys within the city and my internship at Reach Digital. I got to speak with the lovely Athena who runs the account and encouraged me along the way (she also happened to the first person I ever interviewed with before my summer in Cape Town was ever a reality).
I tried to chose from various topics and adventures while also posting often and consistently (morning, afternoon, and evening – much more than I ever would get to do with my personal account, but I had a lot of stories to tell within just one week so no shame).
I was the guinea pig and many of my fellow interns took over the account after me, but attached are the nine posts that I personally crafted for my takeover!
Hello friends! My name is Riley and I'm going to be taking over the VACorps instagram for the week. I study Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas, but I am currently doing an internship in Cape Town with the advertising agency Reach Digital. I can't wait to share with you some of my adventures since I’ve arrived in South Africa. Follow along! ⠀ ⠀ #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover
I've experienced so much since I've been here but I also, and arguably most importantly, have had my fair share of delicious food! Cape Town is jam packed with amazing bars and restaurants — including my favorite breakfast spot, Queen of Tarts, conveniently located next door to both my house and my work! (We've also yet to hit the gym but we choose not to talk about that) And when everything is so cheap, who wouldn't want to try everything in sight? #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #food #foodie #foodporn #VACtakeover #VACtips
Welcome to my office! I've been working with the amazing team at Reach Digital for about a month now. Complete with an outdoor courtyard, trendy artwork, and an office dog named Ziggy. #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #internship #advertising #agencylife
I've made some friends since I've been here but I don't think anyone has topped my ele-friend Malaika. We got to feed, touch, and walk with a trio of elephants on our Garden Route trip. The same trip that including bungee jumping off a bridge and climbing through a cave. South Africa is full of adventure – the Garden Route is a must! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #elephant #gardenroute
One of my favorite things I've enjoyed since being here is the wildlife — from lions and elephants, to penguins and whales, South Africa has got it all! The colony of African penguins at Boulder's Beach may just be the cutest thing you'll ever experience — and afterwards you can stop by Muizenberg for some surfing or Cape Point to visit the southern-most tip of Africa! Animal lovers unite #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #penguin #africa #animals
Shoutout to one of my roommates, Courtney! I didn't know anybody when I came to South Africa, and now I have so many friends I don't even know what to do with them! Obs is the perfect place for parties and get-togethers! When we're not exploring South Africa or working at our internships, 9/10 times we're all together doing something exciting! Weekly activities, dinners, bars, tours, hiking, etc. we're all in this together and there's nobody else I'd rather experience all this with! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #hiking #tablemountain #VACtips
Again, I’m talking about food. If you’re ever in need of Saturday plans or just an avid brunch fan, you MUST go to Old Biscuit Mill at least once while you’re here (but you’ll probably end up going every weekend, like I have). The first time we went was literally mind blowing I’m still recovering. SO much to choose from! Food, music, shopping, etc. You and your friends can also try the escape rooms at HintHunt found in the Biscuit Mill as well! Great for a rainy day or just a bonding activity, you’ll have so much fun solving a murder mystery or saving a sinking torpedo in under an hour! (Honorable mention: Hout Bay Market) #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #oldbiscuitmill #market #food #foodporn #drinks #brunch #escaperoom #hinthunt #VACtips
One thing I miss from back home is my online shopping addiction, but fear not! I've taken it upon myself to do some in-person shopping at the VA Waterfront mall multiple times since I've been here! (Like when I needed sweaters cause I only packed short sleeve shirts and it's winter here) The Waterfront is also home to a bunch of amazing restaurants, souvenir markets, a grocery store, an aquarium, and some amazing sunset champagne cruises – where you can spot seals, penguins, and even whales if you're lucky! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #shopping #VACtips
I’ve already been here for more than a month but trust me when I say the impressive views are never lost on you. I remember when we were first picked up from the airport and spent the entire 20 minute drive staring out the window in awe. No matter where you go there are beautiful mountains in the background — and the views of the sunset from the top of the mountains are even better. It’s beautiful even when it rains, because when the sun sets the clouds turn to cotton candy. Views from the beaches, to the mountains, to the city; everything here is incredible! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #views #sunset #mountain #hiking
Among other new experiences, we got the chance to go to a rugby game! A nice preview for the fall sports season for when we get home to the US and a fun night at the Newlands Stadium. Definitely an interesting sport to try and watch (especially when you know nothing about it) but if you get the chance to see rugby in action I recommend it! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #rugby
Well friends, this is it. Hope you enjoyed my #VACtakeover where I got to share my Cape Town internship adventures with you. T-minus 23 days until I leave (please don't remind me). Follow my personal account @ryan_debra for more of my posts and adventures to come! Please reach out and let me know if you need any tips for your own experience, I'd be more than happy to help (even if it's just sharing my favorites restaurants with you)! Travel well and keep exploring — see you soon in the Mother City, I know I'll definitely be back soon! #VACorps #CapturingCapeTown #studyabroad #capetown #adventure #travel #southafrica #internabroad #VACtakeover #explore
I spent way more time than I’d ever care to admit crafting these posts and making a cohesive look. I had a blast while doing it and that’s all the counts right? (I practically go to school for this so I better enjoy it) and some even reached out with questions for when they come to Cape Town themselves!
But like I said above, I wasn’t the only one who got to have fun on the @VACorps page — it’s full of stories like mine and other beautiful photos of the Mother City if anyone is curious to check it out! And feel free to follow my personal account, @ryan_debra, for my adventures now that I’m back in the US!
There is SO much to do in South Africa it’s only right that we capture our adventures and share them with the rest of the world. If South Africa is not on your travel list — add it NOW.