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The Type of People You Will Meet:

2013's Delegate Thoughts and Favourite Quotes:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judge by the way its animal are treated" - Ghandi    

Luaren Hessler USA

"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 Australia

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken" - Oscar Wilde    

  Natalie Heliczer Austria

"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 South Africa

"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 Australia

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

 Friederike Pohlin Italy 

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

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