Thao Nguyen

Animal Science Intern | Cape Town
University of Florida
20 September 2010

What can I say about my three months in Cape Town? It was absolutely one of the greatest experiences of my life! The people, culture, history, and atmosphere are just amazing! My internship allowed me to work closely with a local veterinarian and do research at a nature reserve situated about 20 minutes from the city center. Although I was having some issues with my internship in the beginning, Mary did an awesome job at finding me another opportunity and in the end everything worked out well!

I continued to work at the animal hospital, where I was able to shadow and learn a lot about veterinary medicine, while at the same time, I was doing field work at the reserve to write an updated research report on mammal re-introduction. Every now and then, Mary would call me to see how I was doing and the Connect-123 team was always there for me when I just needed to talk, vent, or had a problem. They also organized some cool events, such as the Wacky Wine Weekend and a cooking class.

But all-in-all, I must say that what made this experience were the people that I’ve met. From my co-workers to random strangers on a mini-bus, the Capetonians were so welcoming and genuine. And the friendships I’ve made I will never forget. It was hard to say goodbye, but I hope to say “Hello” to them again one day!

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Saachi Sadchatheeswarm

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Nyasha Mvenge

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Alyson Venti

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Jenna Stenger

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Working through Connect-123 made everything easy. The internship I did was perfect for me, and the individual attention that I got really made me feel comfortable about traveling to Cape Town. The Connect-123 group get-togethers were a great way to really experience what the Western Cape has to offer and I can’t wait to come back.

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