November 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: 10th – 30th November 2010

Nicole Thiele


I am from Wyoming in the United States, and I work as a wildlife biologist. This is my first time in South Africa. I am looking forward to all the incredible experiences to come in the next few weeks. Just in the past couple of days I’ve seen so many different animals and amazing sights.

Gail Appleyard


I’m from the UK and this is my second adventure in South Africa. I’m an area manager for a fragrance company, but have a passion for animals and want to get up close and personal to them. And this is the ideal way to do it.

Alison Charlton


I am 22 years old and I live in the UK. This is my first time in South Africa. I work as a veterinary nurse in a small animal clinic, mainly with cats and dogs. The reason I came here was to work with larger mammals and see what  differences there in animal behaviour as compared to back home, and also to see what the veterinary world is like here. So far I have been here two days and have already seen so many animals. Now, we start working and I can’t wait.