June/July Students – Introduction

HESC-June/July Students

The students at the Blyde River Canyon

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: 21st June – 11th July 2011

Katie Meacher

HESC Student Programme - Katie Meacher


I’m Katie Meacher, I’m 21 and I come from Manchester in England. I’m a vet student at Edinburgh University and I’m really looking forward to working with these amazing animals and seeing them in the wild in South Africa.

Natalie Sim

HESC Student Programme - Natalie Sim


My name is Natalie Sim and I’m 19. I am a vet student at Glasgow and I live near Glasgow too. I have been to South Africa before and I am really interested in learning more about the wildlife here.

Amy Coleman

HESC Student Programme - Amy Coleman


I’m Amy Coleman, I’m 21 years old and I come from Kent in England. I’m studying animal management and welfare at Lincoln University. I came to South Africa for the hands-on experience with the animals.

Katie Hopper

HESC Student Programme - Katie Hopper


I’m Katie Hopper and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying animal management and welfare at Lincoln University. I came to South Africa for the experience and to see the animals in the wild.

Lauren Stow

HESC Student Programme - Lauren Stow

I’m Lauren Stow. I’m a 19 year old girl wanting to give back to nature. I’m from Swaziland.

Natalie Zuckerman

HESC Student Programme - Natalie Zuckerman


I’m Natalie Zuckerman, I’m 17 years old and I’m from New York. I’m going into my senior year at high school. I love to read and my favourite subject in school is history. I love animals and I am very excited to be here at HESC!

Niall Thompson

HESC Student Programme - Niall Thompson


Hi, I’m Niall Thompson and I’m 20 years old. I’m a second year Veterinary student at UCD in Dublin, Ireland. I came out to get experience and have a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Ryan Woods

HESC Student Programme - Ryan Woods

I’m Ryan Woods. I come from Belfast in Ireland. I’m 20 years old and I’m studying Veterinary in Dublin.