June 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: 24th May – 13th June 2011

Amber Kobes

HESC Student Programme - Amber Kobes

Hi my name is Amber and I am a 19 year old from Alberta, Canada. I’m currently studying Wildlife Biology and have just finished my first year of university. I came to Africa to get a true feeling of what it is like to work with animals, and to experience life in a more remote area. It is only my second day here, but so far I am already loving it! I have seen much wildlife already and can’t wait to start my day, because today I get to see my first cheetah. I am extremely excited to be here and I know I will have the best time in the coming weeks.

New Intake: 5th May – 8th June 2011

Gerriann and Nikki Smith



We’re a mother and daughter traveling to Africa for the first time. Both of us live in the San Francisco area. Gerriann’s day job is managing a commercial banking unit, while Nikki works at a private African animal reserve in Santa Rosa, called Safari West. We planned the trip to HESC to see what Nikki’s job would be like in Africa.