Siphesihle (Spheh) Mbongwa visited the Environmental Sciences group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. This visit formed part of his MSc at Nelson Mandela University under the supervision Prof. Graham Kerley, Dr. Mariska te Beest, Prof. Joris Cromsigt and Dr. Dave Druce. This was the first educational exchange as part of a program funded under the “Pathways to Sustainable Development program” of Utrecht University, entitled ‘Sustainability across boundaries – bridging northern and southern hemisphere sciences’. Spheh spent a week at Utrecht University having a series of discussions with Mariska and Joris and he also lectured a class of BSc students in a course on Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation as part of a series of guest lectures in ecology practice. “This was an amazing experience to see a different environment and interact with people from different parts of the world” says Spheh.