About African Campus

Your Gateway to Wild Africa

African Campus is a wildlife and environmental hub, training the next generation of passionate conservationists. Whether your interest lies in research, media, or perhaps you don’t know where you might like to find yourself in a career but you do know you want to be an activist towards the protection of wildlife and the environment, come join us. Our programs give an inside look at what a professional career may look like as a journalist, photographer, filmmaker, researcher, or conservationist.

Setup in the beautiful town of Mossel Bay, South Africa, African Campus has created a buzzing atmosphere of knowledge and passion for wildlife, traveling and the environment. Meet people from around the world with the same mission and the same vision, network for future educational and job opportunities. We want to give you the adventure of a lifetime, in a gorgeous location, while taking full advantage of all the learning opportunities you will encounter here.

Meet Our Team

African Campus Management

Katie Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2008, Katie came to South Africa in 2010 to participate in the Oceans Research internship program. Three years of hard and passionate work led to her launching African Campus, where as CEO her knowledge of the internships, the students, and the company enable Katie to ensure the smooth running and growth of our mission of conservation

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Kennedene Michaels

Client Services Manager

Kennedene’s experience in the hospitality industry ensures our high standards of service and customer care are met for all our clients. Kennedene is in charge of all communications with students before their arrival – so travel, safety, or banking questions – Kennedene can help! While on Campus, Kennedene doubles as the Campus Mom. Kennedene’s care and tender heart create an incredible environment of safety and security at African Campus.

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Marie Scholtz

Chief Financial Officer

With a deep sense of appreciation for nature and sensitive to matters relating to the conservation of Africa’s life forms, Marie shares the same passions and mission as our student body and wildlife instructors. Marie’s forward thinking and understanding of the big picture, allows her to advance a rapidly changing environment of conservation and research. She handles the day-to-day financial management and the long-term financial oversight of the many programmes and projects provided by African Campus.

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Nombuzo Dywili

Catering Services Manager

My goodness can this lady bake! From cakes, to muffins, to cookies Beauty keeps our sweet tooth well fed. Beauty is incredibly passionate about what she does, and you can feel love behind every dish that is made for us. Beauty takes pride in providing our students and staff with delicious healthy meals, and we are truly thankful for her part.

Program course instructors

Dr. Enrico Gennari

Oceans Research Internship Program

Enrico Gennari, co-founder of Oceans Research, is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading shark scientists due to his groundbreaking research on the thermal eco-physiology of the white shark. His combining of behavior with physiologically has been at the bedrock of driving Oceans Research to its current position as the academic leader in the shark research field. As Director of Research, Enrico leads a passionate team of scientists and postgraduate students conducting groundbreaking research on South Africa’s sharks and marine ecosystems.

Justin Bean

Wildlife Research Internship Program

Coming soon

Amanda Robbins

African Campus Administrator; and Wildlife Travel Photojournalism Instructor

While completing her Masters in Science of Education, Amanda, hungry for field work, took on an internship with Oceans Research in August of 2013. Upon receiving her NYS License to teach Biology in 2014 she was invited back to a local media company for six months to help write the curriculum for Environmental & Travel Journalism. She left our shores to serve in Peace Corps Ecuador, however her desire for travel and adventure returned her to us in 2016 as the Environmental & Journalism Field Specialists. Her goals for 2018 include weaving more conservation and cultural integration practices into African Campus and combining the Photography and Journalism curriculum into a new Photojournalism course that will not only tackle environmental and travel stories, but some humanitarian ones as well!