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  • Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Label: Approved Non-Miami Course(s) Available In: Zoology
Study Abroad Advisor: Annalee Jones, Peter Maribei, Ryan Dye, Sam Wood
Program Description:

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This two-week adventure of a lifetime gives you the opportunity to go to South Africa to volunteer at a cheetah breeding and conservation facility, learn about African wildlife hands-on in the African savannah, go on safari in Kruger National Park, and take "ABCs of African Big Cats: Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation" taught by a DVM right alongside the cats themselves.

Who It's For

African Elephants

This program is open to anyone age 18-25. You do not need to currently be in college, have a specific major or degree, or have any veterinary experience for either program. Each group of up to 10 students will have its own US veterinarian and its own South African Volunteer Coordinator. Loop Abroad groups will have exclusive access to the Wildlife Centre at Feracare during the program. "I love working with cheetahs. Feracare is the perfect place to experience big cats at an organization committed to conservation and to educating the public about this endangered species." -Dr. Erica Ward, Loop Abroad's Academic Director



• Feed and help provide medical care to cheetahs throughout the program
• Maintain and care for cheetah facility and enclosures
• Learn about all aspects of care and management of captive wildlife
• Go on safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world and home to lions, leopards, rhino, elephants, and buffalo
• See a variety of wildlife each day that calls the African savanna home
• Safari in Kruger National Park, home to almost 150 large mammal species – more than any other game reserve in Africa
• Visit a cultural village, do a bit of rafting, and have a private conservation and veterinary workshop with a local ranger while at Kruger
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Dates open for applications

Cheetah Cubs 

June 3 – June 19

June 17 – July 3?

*Dates indicate departure from and return to New York. Some flights depart early in the morning and may require students to arrive in New York the night before. Loop Abroad reserves the right to cancel any program at any time; in case of such cancellation by Loop Abroad, all payments will be returned in full.


Three weeks sound better than two? Add a Bonus Week!

Antelopes set free

Stay an extra week to discover penguins in Simon's Town, whales and sunsets in Harmanus, the Cape Town coast, and the Southernmost point of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope on the Adventure Bonus Week: South Africa. Or, add a Bonus Week in Thailand -- Adventure Bonus Week, Marine Bonus Week, or Elephant Bonus Week-- to your program. For this, you'll need to purchase additional airfare from South Africa to Thailand.

How about a full month? Add a two-week program!

Our South African program is a full adventure on its own, but it can also be combined with any of our Thailand two-week programs back-to-back. Combine two programs for an automatic 10% discount on your tuition. You will need to pay for additional airfare.



Tuition is $3,850 USD plus international airfare. Airfare on the group flight from New York, NY is $1,485 round-trip including taxes and fees. Limited financial aid is available. Interest-free payment plans are available. Once accepted, your $1,000 tuition deposit is required to hold your space. Tuition does not include medical insurance - if you don't have medical insurance that covers you while abroad, you can purchase travel medical insurance. We can help you find a plan that meets our insurance requirements.

Courses and Hours

This program was designed with pre-vet students in mind. For your application to vet school (VMCAS), this program provides the following hours: Veterinary Hours: 80 hours

Woman with cheetah cubs

The AVMA says "If you have the opportunity to work... for veterinarians who work with different species, that's a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee." We're proud to offer you that opportunity! You will get to know your vet during the program, and they will get to know you! If you participate to the best of your ability, you'll be well-positioned to ask for a recommendation letter at the end of the program. This program provides a total of 80 service hours. Loop Abroad is a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, for which those hours are eligible. Loop Abroad can provide you with a pass/fail transcript for the academic component of this program "Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation of African Big Cats". If you are seeking credit from your college or university, please contact us for assistance.