December Students – Introduction

Student Programme

HESC offers people between the ages of 18 and 35 years the opportunity to experience the Centre in an intensive and hands-on 21-day programme.

It is divided into three main sections: Participation, Conservation and Sight Seeing.

The main focus of the programme is on the cheetah, and throughout their stay participants are involved in the everyday care of these magnificent animals. This includes cleaning, feeding, and where required, assisting with or observing any veterinary activities that may occur during their stay. These same activities also apply to other species being cared for at the Centre. Click here to read more.

New Intake: 8th – 28th December 2010

David Schmid


Hi, my name is David and I come from Switzerland. Back home I work as an engineer at an aerospace company, so I do not really have a lot of contact with nature in my job. The program at HESC will allow me to spend time in nature, and learn more about Africa’s fauna & flora while contributing to the conservation effort.

Rayyan Mohamad


Hello there! I’m Rayyan. I’m a 23year old veterinary student from Ireland. It’s always been my dream to visit Africa and see all of its magnificent creatures. Amazingly it’s finally come true. Some day I hope to work with cheetahs, in either a conservation or veterinary capacity.

Katherine Stevenson


My name is Katharine and I am 29. I will be in Africa for a total of three months volunteering in different reserves. I hope to one day build my own zoo in Australia.

Annette Stephani


My name is Annette Stephani. I’m 29 years old, I come from Switzerland and work in aviation. My boyfriend Dave and I like to travel and we always wanted to come to Africa. I’m very fascinated by animals and I think being at HESC is a great opportunity to get closer to them, and at the same time learn more about Africa’s nature. I’m really looking forward to the coming three weeks!