March 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: 1st – 21st March 2011

Christian Hansen

HESC Student Programme -Christian Hansen


I come from Denmark and I’m 38 years old. When I’m not traveling I’m an IT Architect and Project Manager. I’ve always had a great affinity for nature and wildlife. I’ve traveled extensively in central America and South East Asia, exploring many great places and seeing natural wonders along the way. But I’ve always just felt like a spectator. On this trip I want to get behind the scenes and enjoy a more hands-on experience. I am sure my stay at HESC will fulfil all my expectations in this regard, as well as teach me a lot about animals and conservation. I like the idea of learning in a more practical manner, rather than just watching a show like Animal Planet on TV.

Hetty Vink

HESC Student Programme - Hetty Vink


I come from New Zealand. I’ve always had a desire to visit Africa and experience it for myself. At long last the opportunity presented itself, and now my dream has become a reality. I was looking for a hands-on experience though, not just another “photographic safari”. I searched the Internet and read a number of books in order to find information on volunteering. I enjoy working with animals, and ensuring their well-being is high on my list of priorities. I look forward to the opportunity of spending time with people that share my passion for preserving ecosystems and diversity of species. I’ve chosen to start my journey at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, where I hope to expand my skill-set and familiarise myself with the South African culture.

Kristine Rost

HESC Student Programme - Kristine Rost


I come from Denmark and I’m 37 years old. I’m an IT Project Manager who also runs a UAYAU-Café. I plan to start training as a yoga teacher in the near future. I’ve always wanted to visit Africa and see its wildlife firsthand. I’ve experienced safaris and tours in central America and Asia, and I always yearned for something more. Now I’ve finally been given the chance. I grew up in a house filled with animals. I’ve enjoyed many holidays driving around Europe, spotting moose in Sweden, mountain goats in Spain, fish eagles and flamingos in France, tapirs in Costa Rica and macaws in Honduras. I never did get to see a jaguar in central America though, so hopefully I’ll at least get to see a leopard in Africa.