SYMCO 2015:

“Beautiful country and animals, amazing people and friends!”

-Liselotte Theisens, Netherlands

Hot accents, hot people and amazing animals and adventures! A fab 3 weeks getting to see and do so much, can’t wait to visit South Africa again!!”

-Snofy Ó Conchúir, United Kingdom

“The experience SYMCO provided me was one I still relish to this day! So many once-in-a-lifetime hands-on wildlife vet experiences, with other vet students from all over the globe who I’m happy to call great friends! I know I’ll be back to South Africa soon, as part of my heart now remains there.”

-Nancy HP, United States

“I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in SYMCO 2015. This unique journey has completely changed my life. The best experience I could have asked for!”

-Kamila Głębocka, Poland

“Had the best time of my life during SYMCO 2015! Just amazing!!! Coming back soon.”

-Martin Ostmeier, Germany

“A dream come true, to get to experience African wildlife from a veterinary point of view. I will definitely come back some day! The most important part though, was that we had a really great group of people and the most amazing SYMCO- committee, which I think made the whole trip so unforgettably awesome.”

-Camilla Frisk, Finland

“Attending at Symco 2015, was the most amazing experience of my life. I’m really happy to be part of it and it’s a highly recommended adventure for everybody that loves wild animals. Also you can meet the most interesting people in the world. I will repeat it without a doubt.”

-Víctor Santander, Spain

“SYMCO 2015 was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Social events, hands-on experiences, learning about veterinary involvement in wildlife management, seeing so many beautiful places around South Africa, while getting to know vet students from all over the world – all in all SYMCO was an African adventure beyond all expectations.”

-Mie Bay Nielsen, Denmark

“Absolutely life changing! SYMCO is an adventure of a lifetime – most exciting journey I’ve ever made. I thank Symco Onderstepoort for this incredible opportunity to study, work and travel with amazing international vetstudents, breathtaking gamedrives, wildlife vet experiences and many unique surprises on top.”

Mandana Pötsch, Hungary

“No doubt I would have done it again, an amazing trip worth every penny!”

-Anna E. Lehmann, Switzerland

“So much to be said about SYMCO, and still so hard to express just in words all of the adventures we experienced. A truly wonderful journey through the heart of South Africa, surrounded by awesome people I was blessed to come across. I treasure all these lovely memories, which keep reminding me to come back as soon as possible.”

-Madalena Teixeira de Figueiredo, Portugal


SYMCO 2013

“SYMCO is just makes dreams come true. As simple as that and as much as that! Best experience in my life!”

Natalie Baran POL

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judge by the way its animal are treated” – Ghandi

           Luaren Hessler USA

“I came to South Africa alone on a plane, where I met great people- we all wanted to learn about game. We bonded closely already at the first day, and went to Kruger to spot Lions and their prey. Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes and Zebras we saw, then we went to Durban and learned about sharks with a big jaw. We were taught about wildlife conservation and diseases like TBC, and darted Rhinos and Elephants as you see on TV. We flew with helicopters high in the sky, everybody loved it- which made it hard to say goodbye. I made best friends for a lifetime and never felt alone, and so many impressions and experiences to bring back home. SYMCO 2013 was the best trip ever, I’ll keep all the memories in my heart … forever Fidu”

Friedorike Pohlin ITA

“The best thing about being a vet student is definitely the beautiful colleagues that have become my best friends and the amazing adventures we share together. SYMCO is a dream come true”

Stephanie Romyn AUS 

“It’s hard to put down in words, all the feelings that come up when I think back on SYMCO. All the great people who now are now great friends, all the experiences that I can’t believe I’ve been a part of. Best money I’ve ever spent and some of my all time best memories. I love SYMCO.”

Anders Thyme DNK

“SYMCO was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Met so many amazing people and saw everything I ever wished I’d see, except a leopard – so I guess I’m just going have to come back to South Africa one day :)”

         Shan Lim UK(

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde

Natalie Heliczer Austria

“Symco was the most incredible experience, not only do you get to learn about some really amazing wildlife but equally as important you make some awesome friends from all over the world. Not to mention the partying!! So much fun and the two weeks was packed full of once in a life time opportunities with wildlife. I am even heading back to Botswana this year for final year prac because I loved it so much”

  Sigrid Johnstone AUS

“SYMCO is one of those experiences that will never be forgotten…it really changed me. The wildlife, the people, and the environment made the overall experience undoubtedly one of the best times in my entire life. It reminded me why I’ve worked so hard throughout my life to follow my dream of becoming a veterinarian, and gave me the drive to finish out school with hope to one day work with wildlife. “All good things are wild and free”…SYMCO taught me that, and it will forever be a reminder for my love and drive to work with wildlife.”

  Skylar Sparks USA

“This is a 23-year-old girl who loves trying different kinds of food. And she wants to say –

‘Life is short. Let’s eat and drink and go to South Africa!'”

      Sharon (Fung) Chang Taiwan

“The Only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa… for he has so much to look forward to”

      Moritz Huber SA

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to visit this wildlife mecca and meet so many wonderful, like-minded people.  I look forward to seeing how we can be apart of the future of wildlife”

      Justine Carter AUS

“An amazing opportunity to get contacts all over the world. I never thought I would meet so many wonderful people, an unforgettable experience!”

     Cecilia Forsman FIN 

“I think that SYMCO 2013 is a great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the fascinating animal world of South Africa”

     Friederike Pohlin ITA

“Most spectacular and unique experience ever, so precious I really couldn’t miss it.

When everything was over, it was all far more amazing than expected.”

Dasom King Korea

“SYMCO was the best two weeks of my life! South Africa is such a beautiful country, the animals were amazing, and the people were alright too. It was an unforgettable experience, and with it I’ve taken away some of my fondest memories of my time in vet school.”

Louyen Heng AUS

“You sign up for SYMCO to see the amazing wildlife Africa has to offer, but the real treasures will be the people you meet and the friends you make. And the wine is pretty good too”

Hannah Turner USA  

“SYMCO was by far the best experience of my life! Everyday held new adventures that were better than the day before, and I can’t believe it was all planned by students! I’m so thankful for my amazing memory, awesome new friends, and can’t wait to go back to South Africa one day!”

Amanda Gudgel USA

“SYMCO was absolutely the experience of a lifetime! What on earth could be better than 2 weeks travelling across South Africa with 80 vet students from all over the world, exploring the most beautiful landscapes and some of the wildest creatures Arica has to offer? From the early morning game drives to the late night Springbokkies, there was honestly never a dull moment. On SYMCO, I made some friendships that I’m sure will last a lifetime and I’d give anything to go back and do it all again!”

Stephanie Romyn AUS

SYMCO 2011:


I LOVE YOU!! “I have never really LIVED before SYMCO! Thank you for the greatest experience of my life. I love you.”

Michelle H

“I had the BEST time of my life. I will never forget this. Thank you so much!”


“Best Time Of My LIFE!”


WOW! Words cannot explain how much this experience meant to me. Without a doubt the best time of my life. Thanks so much for this once in a life time opportunity!”


“Merci! Thank you very much. These two weeks have been the best time of my life. I will remember it forever.”


“SYMCO was my main motivation for going into Conservation Medicine! I expected a lot, but was so overwhelmed by what was offered. Not just the experience but also the people connected with it are still deer to my heart. Finally SYMCO is like life itself: it was you make out of it. Thank you for everything, it was an amazing trip!”

Lucas Huber

A once in a life time trip and I enjoyed every moment of it”

Ilse – Belgium 

“Was THE most incredible experience! WOW! What an amazing two weeks, thanks for everything!”

SYMCO 2008:


“All my dreams and expectations came true!”


“I really had the time of my life, and I don’t wanna go home already – definitely coming back soon. Thanks for the experience.”


“SYMCO was amazing – the best two weeks of my life – I’ll be back in South Africa next summer!”


“The immobilisations were excellent”


“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate. It was a great experience of wildlife, culture and learning.”


“Will never forget all the best friends I have made!!!!”



SYMCO 2004:


“The whole trip was filled with unforgettable moments! But the most exciting ones were definitely during the wild life immobilisation where the dream of getting close to a lion, elephant and rhino as well as treating them, came true! Thanks again for making it happen!”

– Chantal


“I have thoughts about my little symco experience on an almost daily basis and all I can say for my comment is – NO COMMENT WILL DO SYMCO JUSTICE! IT WAS PHENOMINALLY INCREDIBLY AWESOME!”

– Jim, New Zealand


“SYMCO was greatest experience in my life, and I think peoples don’t see such things every day. All immobilizations, game drives and campfires, actually all two weeks were marvellous.”

Kaspars, Latvia


“All I can say is that it was lekker!”

Ryan, Australia


“SYMCO 2004 was awesome. Just go!”

John, Glasgow


“It was an experience that you live once in a lifetime… I am glad that I participated, everything was wonderful!”

Argyro, Greece


“It’s not only matter of discovering the fascinating animal world, but also to find new friends that will be forever and you’ll never stop learning.”



Prior to 2004:


“The entire trip was absolutely marvelous. Finding the white rhino and calf was especially wonderful. The social side of the trip was great and I made many new friends. Really enjoyed the South African beer!”

Austria, 1998


“Wow!! What a marvelous two weeks. Thank you! Hope to stay in contact with the many new friends we made here.”

New Zealand, 1998


“Brilliant – a well organised symposium in a wonderful country.”

Australia, 1996


“The elephant immobilisation was fantastic. It was a once in a lifetime experience!”

Slovenia, 1994


“It was wonderful – I couldn’t have had a better time. Really fantastic.”

USA, 1994