Challenge . Discover . Achieve

Meet The Team

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand"
Confucius (551–479 BC) - Chinese Teacher and Philosopher

The team at Student Horizons can all empathise with Confucius' philosophy on experiential learning. Our crew of educated, well travelled individuals can all recount with passion on their personal learnings from overseas travel experiences. We aim to positively influence the next generation of young people  by developing their awareness of the wider world and helping them define their role within it.
 


A few faces of the Student Horizons World Class Management Team

 
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Travel photo: A successful mid winter summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my wife, Brooke.
An achievement my wife and I will never forget.
Jamie Wansey – Owner / Managing Director

 

Student Horizons is led by Jamie Wansey, who has extensive experience in international, student group travel. Over the last eleven years Jamie has proudly organised over 500 successful school, sports tours and educational trips. He has helped inspire over 8,000 individuals in all sorts of international destinations. He has also cultivated an unrivalled global network of educational travel providers that are reliable and experienced with a staunch commitment to safety.
 
Jamie’s enthusiasm for organising international sports tours, educational trips and volunteering expeditions stems from the benefits that he himself accrued travelling and living all over the world. Jamie has lived in the UK, South Africa, Tanzania, Australia, USA and New Zealand. He has travelled extensively within Europe, Southern Africa, South East Asia and North America. It is Jamie's positive travel experiences that have fuelled his passion for promoting overseas educational and sport travel trips as a critical pillar in a young person’s development.

Father of three young children, Jamie is incredibly proud to own and run Student Horizons,  a market leader in experiential travel for young people that aims to challenge students to broaden their horizons and grow in confidence.

"20 years ago at age 18 I said goodbye to my parents in London and left for Johannesburg, South Africa. Over a year later I returned home with thousands of incredible memories that would last with me forever. My time in Southern Africa coaching sport at a boarding school in Jo'burg coupled with teaching Northern Sotho children English in Northern Transvaal had a profound impact on me as a young person. My experiences undoubtedly broadened my horizons and I gained in confidence. Fundamentally it helped to shape my views and opinions on the world we live in. In later years I have returned to Southern Africa over 20 times leading student and teacher trips. Southern Africa is an awe inspiring part of the world and a personal favourite of mine!"

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Travel photo: Brooke on one of her many European trips when living and working in London. Cinque Terre, Italy – a beautiful place.
Brooke Wansey – Owner / Director

Originally from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Brooke moved to New Zealand in 2008, with her husband, Jamie. After spending Seven amazing years in Auckland, in 2015 they relocated their family to Brisbane to set up the Student Horizons Brisbane office.
 
After completing her tertiary education with Diplomas in Business and Design, Brooke has worked in design agencies around the world including Sydney, London and Auckland before setting up her own design business in New Zealand.
 
A passion for travel was evident from a young age with family trips across the ditch to New Zealand to visit relatives. Brooke’s eyes were well and truly opened to the world outside of what she knew when she embarked on a High School Concert Band Tour of the USA, visiting LA, San Francisco and Chicago. With her Saxophone in hand Brooke had well and truly got the travel bug!
 
An ‘OE’ to the UK enabled Brooke to fuel her passion for travel with extensive travel into Europe, then subsequent travel to North America, East Africa and the Pacific Islands. Brooke does admit that travelling nowadays with two young children under the age of three is not quite the same!
 
“Having experienced an overseas school trip to the USA, and knowing how it gave me confidence, both musically and personally as a teenager, I am thrilled to be helping, and inspiring today's young people to achieve the same. Whether it be for music, sport or any other subject, travelling and experiential learning is such a great way to grow as a person and achieve a well-rounded view of the world we live in.”

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Travel photo: Andrew taking a stroll on a beach in Scotland
Andrew Graham – General Manager

Since graduating from university with a degree in Accounting and Finance, Andrew worked for many years in finance for a leading global manufacturer and Fortune 500 company. The exposure to how industry and business succeed inspired Andrew to broaden his expertise and further his career path in operational management.
 
Shortly after emigrating to New Zealand from the UK with his wife and two children, Andrew was delighted when the opportunity arose to join Student Horizons. Providing opportunities for young people to ‘Challenge, Discover, Achieve’, is one that Andrew finds most rewarding. Having had the chance to travel to many places himself; Kenya, Morocco, Turkey, Australia, France and the United Arab Emirates to name but a few, Andrew is well aware of the benefits and advantages travel brings. Andrew is proud to be part of a world class team delivering first class experiences and unrivalled service.
 
Andrew has many happy memories of time spent in Scotland visiting some amazing historical sights, beautiful cities, and of course getting out and about enjoying the great Scottish outdoors.
 

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Travel photo: From the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro overlooking Copacabana Beach
Suzanne Whitlock – Operations Manager

A born and bred Kiwi, Suzanne has had the privilege of being from a family of travellers and has been lucky enough to have explored New Zealand as well as many parts of the rest of the world from a young age. The travel bug has therefore, inevitably, been passed down into her and she will forever be eager to travel anywhere and everywhere.

After completing her tertiary education with a Degree in Graphic Design, Suzanne realised that her heart wasn’t in it, and decided to pursue a career in the field in which she is truly passionate and therefore is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at Student Horizons.

Having participated in a student volunteer tour herself which took her deep into the Amazon basin of Ecuador, Suzanne can truly see the value of an experience such as this and how it can broaden the mind of young people, in much greater ways than what can be taught in a classroom.

‘I have been lucky enough to have had many travel experiences ranging from trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal to a six month working holiday spent in the winter wonderland of Whistler in Canada or spending a summer in South Eastern Europe to completing the Inca Trail and witnessing the awe of Machu Picchu. I truly believe travel is the best education, and am so excited to be in a position where I can help others gain priceless experiences such as these with memories to last a lifetime!’

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Travel photo:
Jared checking the time in London. 
Jared Daunt – Programme Development Executive, Australia

Jared was born in a small town in England while his father was playing Rugby League, however he only lived there for 3 weeks before moving to Brisbane where he has lived ever since. Jared grew up playing many different sports and sport became his biggest passion.

This was then shown through Jared's first major job working for AFL Queensland progressing to become a Program Leader, aiming to promote the sport of AFL in Queensland and involve more kids in a healthy and active life through the sport of AFL. Jared absolutely loves Rugby League and is a huge supporter of the Roosters.

Jared graduated high school at the prestigious Nudgee College in Brisbane where he very highly valued his education, mates, school and sporting teams. He then went on to the University of Queensland to commence a bachelor of health, exercise and physical education before recently deferring to travel to Europe. Jared travelled to countries such as Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany, France and England.

Whilst in high school Jared was lucky enough to travel to England to take part in a cricket tour which saw him play against many of the top cricketing schools in England. He has also been to other countries including America, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

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Travel photo: From inside the absolutely breathtaking Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Grace Neale – Head of Music Tours, New Zealand

Grace is a proud Kiwi, born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland. Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music conjoint degree in 2014, majoring in Performance Voice, Psychology and Art History and in 2016, completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class Honours in Performance Voice. Making regular appearances as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Grace has experience in performing both as a soloist and as a chorister. Grace is a current member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir as one of the top choral singers in the country, under the direction of Dr. Karen Grylls.
 
Travelling the world with Voices New Zealand and other choral groups has given Grace the opportunity to perform in some of the most sought after venues in the world such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London and The Musikverein, Vienna. Grace is also a cellist and had the opportunity to travel the world with both the school choir and the orchestra at high school, and is incredibly passionate about providing those same opportunities for school students throughout New Zealand.

After directing two high school choirs and through her experience as a private singing tutor, she has gained a passion for teaching and inspiring young and artistic minds. Grace strongly believes in the importance of choral music within schools and communities to bring people together in a safe and artistic space.

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Travel photo: Kaitlin practicing her yoga poses in India
Kaitlin Reif – Head of Education Tours, New Zealand

Kaitlin is a born and raised Floridian who made her home in New Zealand in early 2012. Born with an adventurous spirit, she jumped at the chance to volunteer at a youth sport camp in Mexico at the age of 14. That trip launched a lifelong commitment to globetrotting—a passion that has brought her around the world as a foreign exchange student to Japan, a backpacker to Europe, a yoga amateur to India, a hiker to the Pacific, and a volunteer to Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Russia.
 
Every trip has sparked educational interests for Kaitlin, who returned from France with a love of the language, from Russia with a love of the literature, and from England with a love of the art (she went on to study all three at university!). She believes strongly in the benefits of experiential learning and above all, that travel is the best teacher.
 
With a newly minted Master’s degree in Art History and an ongoing insatiable interest in travel, Kaitlin is eager to contribute her Yankee enthusiasm to the dynamic global energy of Student Horizons.

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Travel photo: Ollie checking out the beautiful beaches in Indonesia
Ollie Wright – Head of Sports Tours, New Zealand

Ollie is a kiwi boy through and through being raised in the mighty Waikato. He is very fitted to being our head of Sports Tours being born into a family that are sports crazy, becoming a sportsperson was in his blood.
 
After Attending Hamilton Boys' High School for most of his schooling years he moved to Sacred Heart College for his Final year of school where he also played for the Junior All Whites traveling on tour to Qatar.

Ollie decided to further his passion for football and took an Athletic scholarship to the US where he spent 3 years as a student athlete juggling a very busy schedule - this is where travel opened him up to what overseas experiences can bring to a kiwi lad.
 
Graduating with a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business Ollie loves working with Student Horizons and bringing more amazing experiences to schools around the country. Outside of work Ollie is a keen surfer and loves getting down to the Coromandel!

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Travel photo: Stephanie and family at the Narita-san temple in Japan
Stephanie Schwarze – Marketing Coordinator and Sales Support

Stephanie was born and raised in a small town close to Berlin, Germany. Her passion for traveling started at a young age, with her parents being keen travellers taking Stephanie and her brother on trips around Europe and Africa such as Greece, Spain, Turkey and Tunisia.

After completing her high schooling in 2009, Stephanie and her friends decided to do a Gap Year in Australia.

“My Gap Year in Australia definitely broadened my horizons, I was able to gain my first work experiences. It provided me opportunities for adventure as well as challenges. I certainly can say that my gap year in Australia helped me to gain confidence.”

Seven years onwards, Stephanie finished her Master of Marketing at Griffith University in July 2016. During her university years and after her graduation she travelled the world with her partner, parents, brother and extended family, experiencing the vibrant city of Tokyo, the beauty of Bali and Vanuatu, the gigantic Australian outback, the architecture in Europe and the pyramids in Egypt.

Stephanie’s passion for travel, music, and marketing brought her to Student Horizons. She is very excited to be part of the prestigious ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival.
“I love creating an extraordinary and wonderful experience for the students and everyone else at the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival. It is a great opportunity for the young musicians to share their passion for music with like-minded people from around the world, and to learn from globally renowned adjudicators.”

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Travel photo: Jane, at the awe inspiring Colosseum in Rome
Jane Teitge – Programme Tour Coordinator

Born in Estonia to Russian parents Jane developed keen interest in different cultures from a very young age. Straight after school she left home for the UK, eager to try herself in a different country. She graduated from one of the top UK universities few years later. Being fascinated by the constantly changing world we live in, she went on to do her degree in International Relations.

Throughout her university years and after graduating, she explored the world, travelling around India, South Africa, USA, Spain, France, Switzerland to name few countries. 5 years ago one of these trips brought her to New Zealand. It took her 2 weeks to realise this is where she wanted to settle.

Since graduating, Jane tried herself in a number of different fields, including human rights, sales and marketing, hospitality and education. In the last few years she worked in a number of language and business schools for international students in New Zealand, she also travelled back to the UK to work at a Summer School, organising University Campus trips for high schools students around the world.

Her immense passion for travel and education brought her to Student Horizons. “Travelling abroad not only teaches young people about the world, it also teaches them about themselves. They discover a sense of independence, and realise that there are no limitations and that they can overcome any challenge. I am thrilled to be a part of organization committed to helping facilitate this personal growth by providing young people with the opportunities of a lifetime.”

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Travel photo:
Blair and sister, Suzy, at Chichen Itza in Mexico
Blair Whitlock – Programme Tour Coordinator

Kiwi through and through, Blair was lucky to be born into a family of keen travellers. Being able to tag along on overseas trips Blair’s eyes were opened to the wonder of international travel from an early age.

Blair is a sports nut. Playing just about every sport available growing up. His passion lies on the Football field where he still plays competitively today. He is a die hard Arsenal fan!

Blair graduated from the prestigious Westlake Boys' High School. Representing the Football 1st XI for three years he saw the vast opportunities that can arise through competitive team sport. He then went on to study a Bachelor of Business Studies at Massey University before deferring his studies to take up a fantastic opportunity at Student Horizons.

Blair used his University holidays to travel to exciting destinations such as India, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal and many more!

The opportunity at Student Horizons was a perfect fit as it encompasses Blair’s two biggest passions which are sport and travel.

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Travel photo: Jeannine fulfilling her lifelong dream to stand among the Greek Gods atop the Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
Jeannine de Villiers – Programme Tour Coordinator

Originally born on the sandy shores of South Africa, of French and Dutch decent, then raised as a Kiwi, Jeannine is fortunate to have ties to many equally remarkable countries, and because of this colourful nationality, has always identified herself as a child of the world.

So, it was no surprise when straight after finishing high school, Jeannine sought further education that the classroom could not fulfil. Determined to experience the world, she set her goals on sights further afield – into the Mediterranean to work on superyachts. This work saw her through Italy, France, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore and she fast gained an appreciation for differing cultures and understandings of the world – setting spark to an irrevocable wanderlust.

After a few years on the high seas, she felt the irrefutable call of home and returned to get her Bachelor of Business Studies Degree at Massey University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Management and Entrepreneurship with Scholarship. Yet as she travelled again after University, through the UK and Europe, she conceded that a role in business would never truly satisfy her keen sense of adventure and so was stoked to join the team at Student Horizons.

Jeannine genuinely believes that travelling throughout her youth has positively impacted her education, knowledge, aspirations and, most importantly, personal growth, so naturally she is elated to be part of the Student Horizons team providing the same opportunities to other young people.


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Travel photo: Ben jumping for joy at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.
Ben Sparrow – Programme Tour Coordinator

Born and bred in Dunedin in the deep south of New Zealand, Ben has always had a passion for sport, theatre and anything outdoors. He moved to Brisbane in June 2017 after two years living, working and travelling Europe. This ignited a love of travel and a desire to help facilitate safe environments in which others can get amongst and experience the world.

He spent most of his time growing up split between the badminton court of which he played for Mainland New Zealand and the theatre stage. But after attending a 21 day Outward Bound course at Anakiwa in late 2010 he decided to pursue that passion for the outdoors and went to the School of Physical Education back down at the University of Otago.

After graduating and experiencing most of what scarfie life had to offer, in 2015 he decided to fly to the other side of the world and work as an outdoor instructor in North Yorkshire, England. As well as taking up hobbies in rock climbing, kayaking and caving. It was at this time he was able to travel all over Europe and began to understand how rewarding and challenging it could be for not only himself but others.

Ben is incredibly excited to be working in the team at Student Horizons as he deeply believes that growth in young individuals is maximised when they are put in foreign and challenging situations. The core values of Student Horizons reflect these beliefs and he is loving the opportunity to apply these fundamental principles into practise.

He also has an unhealthy addiction to watching Roger Federer on a tennis court, flipping pancakes on the internet and also quite likes the All Blacks.


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Travel photo: Catherine, nose to nose with The Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Catherine Roberts – Programme Tour Coordinator

Catherine grew up in a small town based in the valleys of South Wales, UK. She is a passionate Welsh lady and sports advocate, who has always been surrounded by sports from a young age. Catherine played Netball internationally for 6 years (U17, U19, U21 and Senior level) which, she feels, was a great honour and enabled her to travel across the world to play top international teams. A highlight for Catherine will always be the World Netball Championships in the Cook Islands. Alongside sport, she studied her BSc in Sport & Physical Education and MA in Sport Leadership & Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

After University, Catherine wanted to travel and experience life as much as she could, so she booked a one-way flight to Australia in 2014. Her travels turned into an around the world trip, including travelling South-East Asia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Fiji, Dubai and New Zealand in a campervan. Catherine felt her trip to New Zealand was so incredible, which why she returned to beautiful NZ to take up residency.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Student Horizons team and what they stand for. During my youth, I went on many School Tours and believe they really opened my horizons to how amazing the world can be and how you can gain real life experiences through Sport, Music and Education."


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Travel photo: Relaxing by the canals of Amsterdam.
Eileen Verona – Programme Development Coordinator

Eileen is born and raised in one of the 7, 000 islands in the Philippines. Bubbly, adventurous, and competitive are just some of the traits that keeps her who she is as a person. She likes to munch on exotic foods, swim in deep oceans and even bungee jump to experience the most exciting things in life. Given the opportunity to travel with her family across Asia to countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong and recently to Europe in Italy, France and the Netherlands to explore and understand what lies beyond the borders of her own culture and tradition. She is currently exploring all the wonderful things and discovering her new home that New Zealand has to offer.

Eileen first made a career in hospitality at a top hotel in the city where she grew up. Managing large events, weddings, conventions and seminars were in already in her blood but to pursue her passion in the tourism industry, she studied at the International Travel College in Auckland. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management, she is delighted to be able to start her journey with Student Horizons.

"I am excited! It’s time I use my personal experiences as a traveller and what I learnt as a student to push Student Horizons to new heights. At the same time, I am thrilled to learn more about the tourism industry by a being part of such a great team. I’m blessed to be part of a company that teaches the youth how learning from traveling around the globe is priceless and essential."


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Travel photo: Alice, taking in the view after hiking the Dent de Crolles, France.
Alice Derbyshire – Intern

Alice is a Brit who has been given an amazing opportunity to work at Student Horizons as an intern for six months. She has finished her second year at Aberystwyth University in Wales and is now taking a year in employment to learn more about the working environment in which she is keen to go into once she has finished her degree.

Alice is very passionate about travel; her grandparents in particular are keen culture vultures and so she has been very fortunate to have visited many destinations with family from a young age. Alice’s fondest memories include travelling around North Island New Zealand in a campervan and sailing around the Ionian Islands of Greece.

In the summer of 2016, Alice took part in a French Exchange which she organised independently, which led to her staying in a small town next to the French Alps for three weeks and creating many amazing memories which she will treasure for the rest of her life.

“I want to make the most of my Australian trip by seeing as much as possible and getting stuck into work at Student Horizons. My ultimate goal in the long run is to own an independent tour operator much like Student Horizons, giving everybody the opportunity to travel and experience as much in life as possible.”


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Travel photo: Tarryn with her three boys at The Waterworks park in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Tarryn Siljeur – Finance Administration

Growing up in South Africa and it being quite a multi diverse country I have gained an appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of all cultures and their histories around the world. I enjoy learning about other traditional, cultural or religious ideologies as it gives me a better understanding of others. I think of myself as having a more of a holistic approach to life.
 
I believe Student Horizons gives young people the opportunity to expand their minds through education and life experiences and having fun while doing so. Having three children of my own I find enjoyment in watching them develop their own talents and skills and hope that they too will be able to learn more about themselves through exploring the world.
 
Keeping up with the energy of three boys is definitely an exercise regime within itself although I enjoy going to the gym for some much needed me time. My goals would be to always have an optimistic approach to life and be a positive influence to others.

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Travel photo: Andrew 'taking the bull by the horns' in NYC!
Andrew Johnstone – IT Manager

Passionate about travel, sport and music it is safe to say Andrew fits right into the team at Student Horizons.

Andrew was born and raised in Queensland, attending school at St Laurence’s in Brisbane. Andrews has always had a passion for music with fond memories of playing with the school orchestra and concert band playing oboe, flute and bass guitar.

Majoring in software engineering and drama at The University of Queensland Andrew set off on his travels to the USA working a summer camp and independently travelling around the states. Six years in the UK  followed working in IT whilst also DJ’ing. Trips back to the USA from London were frequent as Andrew attended Gala Choruses in Denver, joining a global choir and representing Australia and also playing rugby in the Bingham Cup. Of course Andrew also made the most of living so close to mainland Europe with plenty of experiences in countries such as  France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Returning home to Brisbane Andrew spent 8 years in the Queensland Police in a senior role within their IT department. Andrews extensive experience in IT and web development is indeed an asset to the Student Horizons business as the business strives to continually innovate and lead from the front.

"Having experienced school tours, they are some of the best memories I have. Student Horizons delivers experiences that open up the minds of young people and it is great to apart of that”

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