Meet the Team

Our philosophy

The team at Student Horizons all wholeheartedly believe in the philosophy of learning by doing. Our crew of diversely educated, well traveled individuals can all draw on personal learnings gained from overseas travel experiences.

We aim to positively influence young people by developing their awareness of the wider world and helping them figure out their role within it.

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand

ConfuciusChinese Teacher and Philosopher (551–479 BC)

Jamie Wansey
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.
Owner / Managing Director

Jamie Wansey

Student Horizons is led by Jamie Wansey, who has extensive experience in international student group travel. Over the last fourteen years, Jamie has proudly organised over 700 successful school sports tours, music tours and educational trips. He has helped inspire over 14,000 individuals across a variety of international destinations. He has also cultivated an unrivalled global network of educational travel partners that are reliable and experienced with a staunch commitment to safety.

Jamie’s enthusiasm for organising international trips for school students 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 sporting 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 their confidence.

“23 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 English to Northern Sotho children in Northern Transvaal, had a profound impact on me as a young person. My experiences undoubtedly broadened my horizons and I gained 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 many times, leading student and teacher trips. Southern Africa is an awe-inspiring part of the world and a personal favourite of mine!”

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

Brooke Wansey

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, they relocated their family to Brisbane in 2015 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 subsequently 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.”

Andrew Graham
Travel photo: Andrew taking a stroll on a beach in Scotland.
General Manager - Finance and Operations

Andrew Graham

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 just 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.

Suzanne Whitlock
Travel photo: Suzy taking in the glorious views of Barcelona.
Head of Sports and Music Tours, New Zealand

Suzanne Whitlock

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 to 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 minds 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, Canada, from 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!’

Kaitlin Samant
Travel photo: Kait enjoying a fortress hike over the Stari Grad in Kotor, Montenegro.
Head of Education Tours, New Zealand

Kaitlin Samant

Kaitlin is a born and raised Floridian who made New Zealand her home 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.

Jared Daunt
Travel photo: Jared exploring the City of London.
Head of Sports Tours, Australia

Jared Daunt

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 as a Program Leader, aiming to promote AFL in Queensland and involve more kids in a healthy and active lifestyle. Jared absolutely loves Rugby League and is a huge supporter of the Roosters.

Jared graduated high school from the prestigious Nudgee College in Brisbane, where he very highly valued his education, mates, and sporting teams. He then went on to the University of Queensland to commence a Bachelor of Health, Exercise and Physical Education. After university, Jared travelled around Europe, and this is where his first love for travel began.

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.

Cristina Patane
Travel photo: Cristina exploring the ancient pyramids in Mexico.
Educational Tour Executive (Australia)

Cristina Patane

Cristina was born in Brisbane but has spent most of her life living on the Gold Coast. She has always had an avid interest in travel, growing up in an Italian family. During her schooling years, she was very interested in performing arts and playing many sports, including netball, touch football and athletics.

She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management. Upon completing this, she left Australia to travel around the world for three years. She spent most of her travels in Europe – falling in love with the nature in Albania, the rich history that can be seen in the streets of Germany, and volunteering in Czech Republic. Although she loves summer and the sun, she first saw snow at the age of 3 and fell in love; by the ripe old age of 4 she was on her first pair of skis. She swapped to snowboarding 10 years later and is still very keen on the sport, having boarded the mountains in Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Whether it’s exploring the Mayan Pyramids in Mexico, diving with whale sharks in Thailand or eating her weight in pizza in Italy, Cristina loves exploring and immersing herself in the different cultures the world has to offer. She believes that experiential learning is absolutely necessary to aid in both the personal and educational development of students. She is very excited to share her passion with others while working with Student Horizons.

Amy Van Der Boor
Travel photo: Amy overlooking the Ancient Forum in Rome.
Educational Tour Executive (Australia)

Amy Van Der Boor

Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Amy developed a love of travel from a young age, through road trips with her family to the Perisher ski fields in New South Wales, and around the centre of Australia. After a family holiday to Europe, hostelling through France, Germany, the UK, and to her family’s home town in the Netherlands, Amy had well and truly caught the travel bug. In high school, she went on music and performing arts trips to Tasmania and Los Angeles, and with friends to Hong Kong, and has since travelled to over 15 countries, with many more to check off her bucket list

During her schooling, Amy found her passion in all things history, and later pursued this at university, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient/History at the University of Queensland. She then went on to complete a Honours and Masters degrees in Classics and Ancient History, and a diploma in Classical Languages. This time in academia allowed Amy to combine her loves of ancient history, education and travel. Over the last four years, she has worked as a tour guide and tutor for high school and tertiary students of ancient history, and travelled extensively across Europe, visiting as many museums, and photographing as many antiquities and sites as she could.

Amy believes passionately in the benefit of experiential travel during high school, and is excited to share her own love of travel and history with tour groups as part of the Student Horizons team!

Christian Pegley
Travel photo: Christian up early to capture the sunrise over Mount Bromo, Indonesia.
Head of Music Tours, Australia

Christian Pegley

Christian was born in Surrey, England, and as a child had a passion for both music and sport. Living so close to the River Thames he discovered sprint canoeing and went on to train and compete internationally during his youth. But it was the pursuit of music and the arts that led him through college and to the University of Wales to obtain an Honours degree in Creative Sound and Music.

A multi-instrumentalist, Christian has performed on stage, screen, and radio across the UK, and has worked in band pits as a touring session musician and composer for the BBC. After 6 years and hundreds of live performances with keyboards, saxophone and percussion, he left the UK with a backpack to see what the rest of the world had to offer.

In 2016 he washed up onto the shores of the Gold Coast, QLD and made it his home. Still a keen ambassador for all things music and travel, he jumped at the opportunity to join Student Horizons and share his passion with the youth of Australia. In his spare time, he also teaches SCUBA as a PADI instructor, and loves returning to the ocean for inspiration.

Andrew Johnstone
Travel photo: Andrew relaxing on the Gion Tatsumi bridge in Kyoto.
Technology and Innovation Manager

Andrew Johnstone

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 the oboe, flute, and bass guitar with the school orchestra and concert band.

After majoring in software engineering and drama at The University of Queensland, Andrew set off on his travels to the USA working at a summer camp and independently travelling around the States. He then spent six years in the UK working in IT and DJing on the side! Trips back to the USA from London were frequent, as Andrew attended Gala Choruses in Denver, represented Australia in a global choir, and also played 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. Andrew’s extensive experience in IT and web development is indeed an asset to Student Horizons, as the business strives to continually innovate and lead from the front.

“School tours 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 be a part of that.”

Jasmine Robinson
Travel photo: Jasmine revelling in Times Square, New York.
Group Flights Coordinator

Jasmine Robinson

Born and raised in sunny Queensland, Jasmine grew up with her family who travelled frequently to the USA for business. This gave Jasmine an amazing opportunity from a young age to experience a different country which she then developed a strong bond with.

Whenever she knew there was an upcoming family trip she would begin to research and plan itineraries for them. Jasmine’s passion for travelling and building itineraries has continued to grow over the years, now having visited 17 countries and with no sign of slowing down.

This passion led Jasmine to a career in travel which she’s now been in for 6 ½ years. She enjoys assisting others to fulfil and create once in a lifetime travel experiences.

Jasmine truly believes that travel can immensely open people’s eyes and minds to the world and is a key part to anyone’s self-development.

Stephanie Schwarze
Travel photo: Steph in front of New York's Skyline.
Marketing Coordinator

Stephanie Schwarze

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 and taking Stephanie and her brother on trips around Europe and Africa to places such as Greece, Spain, Turkey and Tunisia.

After completing her secondary schooling in 2009, Stephanie decided to do a Gap Year in Australia with some friends.

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

Seven years on, Stephanie finished her Master of Marketing at Griffith University in July 2016. During her university years and after her graduation, she travelled the world experiencing the vibrant city of Tokyo, the beauty of Bali and Vanuatu, the vast 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 extraordinary and wonderful experiences 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.”

Diana Alfonso
Travel photo: One of Diana’s favourite places so far, a peaceful boat house in the middle of Perth.
Marketing Assistant

Diana Alfonso

From the magical country of Colombia. Since an early age, her parents motivated her to travel and study abroad with the purpose of not only learning other languages and immersing in other cultures, but to open her eyes and mind to the world. For that reason, Diana spent two summers in Canada, discovering the amazing Rocky Mountains, enjoying the beaches in Vancouver and the sunsets in Toronto. Then, in her last year of high school, she travelled to the USA to do a summer semester of International Relations at the University of Syracuse in NY.

On 2018, Diana moved from Bogota to Brisbane to finish her Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland and graduating from both universities. As her family travelled to Australia to attend her graduation, they went on a road trip to Sydney and Melbourne, enjoying the Aussie nature and the great landscapes.

As Diana loved her Aussie experience, she decided to stay in Brisbane and pursue a Master of Business, majoring in Advertising. She discovered a passion for design and photography. During her studies, she has been the President of the UQ Latin American Student Association, promoting the language, culture and diversity of her beloved land.

Her dream is to go to Greece and enjoy the breath away views to the ocean… Diana truly believes that travelling is a great opportunity for every youth to learn and raise their aspirations!

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

Blair Whitlock

Kiwi through and through, Blair was lucky to be born into a family of keen travellers. Being able to go on overseas trips with his family opened Blair’s eyes 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: sport and travel.

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

Jeannine de Villiers

Originally born on the sandy shores of South Africa, from French and Dutch descent, 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 and Singapore, and she quickly 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 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 delighted 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. She is elated to be part of the Student Horizons team providing the same opportunities to other young people.

Jane Teitge
Travel photo: Jane in front of Windsor Castle, UK.
Senior Programme Tour Coordinator

Jane Teitge

Born in Estonia to Russian parents, Jane developed a keen interest in different cultures from a very young age. Straight after school she left home for the UK, eager to try her luck 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, Jane explored the world, travelling around India, South Africa, USA, Spain, France and Switzerland, to name few countries. Five years ago, one of these trips brought her to New Zealand and it took her two weeks to realise this was where she wanted to settle.

Since graduating, Jane explored a number of different professional 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, and 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.”

Sheena Connor
Travel photo: Hanging out with the elephants in the Happy Elephant Home Sanctuary, Chang Mai!
Programme Tour Coordinator

Sheena Connor

I was born and bred in the very small Northern Ireland. Growing up I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life – I went to school and just hoped that something would come along for me and life would figure itself out. Thankfully it did! I decided to have a go at a Tourism and Hospitality course in 2010 in my local college, and I knew straight off this is what I wanted to do. The opportunities available where not something I wanted to miss out on. After 3 years in college I went on to extend my education in Liverpool, and in 2016 I finished up with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Tourism Management.

During my studies I got to travel a lot, firstly to Barcelona with college, and then to Wales, Krakow and Malta with university. I know from looking back that these are the experiences that I will treasure the most. Therefore I am very excited to be doing the same for others with Student Horizons. Along with travelling for education purposes I also travelled independently to many other places such as Cyprus, Tenerife, Holland and Greece.

After finishing my studies I was not ready to settle down so I decided to migrate to Australia! Firstly stopping off for one month to backpack around Thailand visiting the main islands. Then arriving to Cairns where I worked for 3 months. I then took a few weeks to travel the East Coast of Australia and eventually arrived to Brisbane! I fell in love with the city as soon as I arrived, therefore decided to settle here. This is when I found Student Horizons!

Being from such a small place, travelling has definitely broadened my mind so much more, and I have done some amazing things that I never dreamed of doing. From playing with elephants in a river in Chang Mai Thailand to jumping out of an aeroplane over Mission Beach in Australia. I definitely plan to continue travelling, learning, and seeing more of the world. Therefore I am very excited to be involved with a company who can provide such good opportunities like this, while also being able to develop great experiences for others while doing so!

Jess Thompson
Travel photo: Jess enjoying the view of the pyramids of Giza.
Programme Tour Coordinator

Jess Thompson

Jess is half Australian and half Swiss but grew up in Canberra, Australia. Her love of travel started at young age accompanying her parents on numerous family visits to Switzerland. After finishing high school in Canberra, she packed up her bags and decided to move to the United Kingdom to work as a teaching assistant at a boarding school in Oxford for one year.

She then returned home to Australia to complete her studies in Business Administration. But she always knew she was destined for more than the public service life in Canberra. She was well and truly bitten by the travel bug and decided to return to Europe.

For six years Jess worked in the tourism industry in Europe, which led her to work as a tour guide. Her life as a tour guide allowed her to visit some of the world’s most famous sights accompanying passengers on bus trips throughout Central Europe, the Balkans, Scandinavia and Russia. Jess was able to share her passion for European history with her passengers on her many guided walking tours through countless European cities.

Her passion for travel has also taken Jess on many personal trips travelling across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Middle East including North Africa, parts of South East Asia and closer to home in New Zealand.

The most rewarding part of her job as a tour guide was seeing other people’s lives change and experiencing their trip of a lifetime. She has witnessed engagements and watched passengers meet for the first time and fall in love.

It was love that also brought her back home to Australia. Jess is excited to continue to share her passion for travel and European history as a member of Student Horizons.

Taylor Ritchie Taylor exploring Athens
Travel photo: Taylor exploring Athens.
Programme Tour Coordinator

Taylor Ritchie

Born and raised in the sunshine state of Queensland, Taylor moved to Brisbane to attend Boarding school whilst also having the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea for school holidays where her parents were based. During her schooling years she spent most of her time playing various sports such as Touch Football, Netball, Volleyball and Athletics. Taylor has also had a passion for travel from a young age, which encouraged her to go to TAFE to obtain a Certificate in Tourism and Events.

After graduating high school Taylor went to the United Kingdom as part of the Student Horizons Gap Year Scholarship and worked within the school’s sport department. There she was helping coach various sports such as Netball, Cricket, Football, Athletics, Rounders and Hockey. She also got the opportunity to play Rugby and underwater hockey for herself.

During the school holidays Taylor got the chance to travel to many European countries ticking off 24. The Swiss Alps, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and Poland were just a few of her top picks during her two years in England.

Taylor believes traveling at a young age broadened her horizons to be able to experience and understand new cultures as well as take on the many opportunities to immerse herself in the many activities and experiences.

Emma Slater Emma in Iceland
Travel photo: Taking in the spectacular Icelandic scenery.
Programme Tour Coordinator

Emma Slater

Emma is a Queenslander through and through and calls Brisbane home.

Her love of travelling started at a young age after a three month adventure around the world with her Mum when she was just 10! The experience was life changing in all of the right ways and Emma credits this experience as the most educational and influential of her life.

She has travelled to numerous destinations and has set herself the goal of travelling to every continent in the world and with only two left she is well on her way! Her travels have taken her around Australia and to Asia, Africa, North America and Europe with her favourite destinations including Thailand, Egypt, Paris, the UK and Iceland. Emma is always looking forward to her next adventure and cannot wait to explore more of the world.

Her love of travel and organisation led her to earning her Bachelor or Business with a double major in Events Management and International Tourism and Hotel Management from Griffith University. After graduation Emma went on to work for a professional conference organiser for a number of years before finding her way to the Student Horizons team and looks forward to providing educational travel experiences to others.

Alana Hislop
Travel photo: Alana doing a Glacier Hike in Iceland.
Programme Tour Coordinator

Alana Hislop

Student Horizons felt like a match made in heaven for Alana as the Travel Sports Coordinator role combines her 2 passions – sport and travel.

Alana is a true kiwi, born and raised in Auckland. Alana completed a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Health Promotion at Auckland’s University of Technology.

Just recently Alana has returned to New Zealand after living in the UK for 2 years. Alana based herself in Edinburgh and absolutely loved it. Alana’s best way to describe Edinburgh is as `a real life Harry Potter’. Alana was fascinated by the history in Scotland.

While living in the UK, Alana managed to tick off 17 different countries during her time. This OE truly reinforced her passion for travel and exploring new places. Croatia and Iceland were her top 2 picks from the countries visited.

Alana is also a very keen sportswomen and enjoys being involved in any team related sport. Football is where she is most comfortable, playing competitive football for over 10 years.

“I have been fortunate to be a participant in both national and international football tournaments which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I strongly believe a sports tournament can provide so much more than a sports game. I also believe travel is a great form of education and learning about yourself. This job excites me to share my passion and encourage others to get among Student Horizon tours for priceless experiences and memories.”

Georgina Oliver
Travel photo: Georgina enjoying Luxembourg Gardens in Paris!
Programme Development Coordinator, Australia

Georgina Oliver

Georgina was born in Sydney, Australia but moved to Brisbane to study International Studies at UQ.

Georgina developed a passion for travel during trips around Asia/Pacific with her family. She has a strong interest in other languages and studied French at University. Her favourite country is France where she had the opportunity to live and study at Sciences Po Paris in 2017. During this time, Georgina travelled around Europe, enjoying the food, culture and life changing experiences Europe has to offer. Georgina’s excitement to explore the world lead her to the team at Student Horizons.

Georgina is a strong advocate for learning outside the classroom and providing Australian students with opportunities to become global citizens.

“Student Horizons can provide students from all over Australia and New Zealand, with experiences they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

Kobe Howard
Travel photo: Kobe at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Programme Development Coordinator, Australia

Kobe Howard

Born in country NSW and raised in sunny QLD, Kobe developed her love for travel in her high school History Class when learning about the Ancient Romans and Greeks. When she was 18 her many hours studying the Ancient history of the world were brought to life when she went on a two-month holiday with her family to Europe and the UK to see the many places she read about in school including the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Sparta, The Acropolis and the highlight of her adventure, Olympia. Visiting the birth place of the Olympics resinated with Kobe as her love for all things sport, history, travel and storytelling ultimately led her to complete a Bachelor of Sports Journalism at University.

During her four years of study Kobe travelled to back to the UK and Europe but also explored Africa. Then she packed up all her textbooks and woolly jumpers to study and live in Dublin, Ireland. Vastly different to the sunny beaches of QLD, Dublin was chilly and rained most days but knowing that all her ancestors originated form the green countryside of Dublin’s South Coast she felt right at home. Embracing the Irish culture Kobe ate potatoes every day, joined her local netball team and went to as many Rugby and Gaelic games as she could. The Irish sure do love their sport, so Kobe fit right in.

Upon returning from Ireland Kobe worked for a national AFL team in their match day broadcasting team. However, her itch to travel gravitated her to Student Horizons, where she is now able to share her thirst for discovery with inquisitive students that were just like her.

Eileen Verona Eileen in Rome
Travel photo: Eileen in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Programme Development Coordinator, New Zealand

Eileen Verona

Eileen was born and raised in one of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines. Bubbly, adventurous, and competitive are just some of the traits that define who she is as a person. She likes to munch on exotic foods, swim in deep oceans and even go bungee jumping to experience the most exciting things in life. She has had 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. Eileen values the chance to explore and understand what lies beyond the borders of her own culture and tradition, and is enjoying exploring all the wonderful things that New Zealand has to offer and discovering her new home.

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 was 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 youth how learning from travelling around the globe is priceless and essential.”

Emma Soul
Travel photo: Emma enjoying Prague.
Finance Officer

Emma Soul

I was born in Tasmania, but moved around constantly with my military family until we relocated to Darwin when I was 15. Travel wasn’t something we had the opportunity to do while I was growing up, but we did sightsee extensively throughout Tasmania and Victoria. One of the best memories I had during my school years was a tour with my concert band, in which I played the flute. We travelled throughout Victoria for a week and recorded at the same time. I still have the tape, even though I have nothing to play it on!

After meeting my husband Dan and starting a family, we travelled up and down the east coast of Australia when the kids were little; snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, following the Rugby World Cup in 2003, driving through the outback from Canberra to Darwin and across to Adelaide, and a few short holidays to Cairns, Wollongong and Merimbula to visit family. We lived in Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin (again) before finally settling in Brisbane in 2009.

It has only been later in life that international travel opportunities started to present themselves. My first international holiday was a short notice booking for a trip to Bali, and since then I have also holidayed through Europe, spent my birthday in Prague, had a 4-week family holiday in the USA and Canada, where we enjoyed a -25 degree sleigh-ride on Christmas Day in Lake Louise, and took an amazing trip to Japan, visiting temples and snow monkeys.

In my spare time I’m a typical parent of 2 kids, which means I’m basically just a chauffeur. I also enjoy yoga and making soap from scratch. I have dream holidays planned for each season in various destinations, and hope to work through them all. My biggest travel dream is to spend 12 months in New York, to experience everything and every season it has to offer.

Tarryn Siljeur
Travel photo: Tarryn in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Tarryn Siljeur

Growing up in the diverse country of South Africa, 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 and religious ideologies, as it gives me a better understanding of others. I think of myself as having quite a holistic approach to life.

Student Horizons gives young people the opportunity to expand their minds through education and life experiences, and have 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 in 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.

Eva Urlwin
Travel photo: Doughnuts for breakfast at South Street Seaport in NYC.
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Eva Urlwin

Eva was born and raised in Christchurch to a theatrical family, spending her formative years in a baby bouncer on stage at The Court Theatre while various sets were constructed around her. A love for theatre and the creative arts was instilled in her from infancy, and the passion has only grown with her.

She earned a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications in film and television from the New Zealand Broadcasting School, and has spent the last six years working in the film industry in the production and costume departments.

The year after finishing high school, Eva was encouraged by her parents to take a year off to figure out what she wanted to do, and she used that year to travel, venturing beyond the Tasman for the first time at age 18. Her trip began with three weeks’ work at the Theatre and Circus fields of Glastonbury Festival, and proceeded on through the UK and parts of Western Europe.

More recently, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to see a Broadway show in New York City (actually, she saw four!), travelled solo to the Southern US, cruised along France’s Canal du Midi and further explored Europe and the UK. Closer to home, she has visited various parts of Australia, usually in pursuit of yet more stage musicals, and has spent some time in the tropical waters of Rarotonga and Fiji.

Eva feels incredibly lucky to have been able to travel and experience as much as she has, and considers it to have had a valuable and positive impact on her personal development. She strongly believes in giving young people the earliest possible opportunities to go out into the world, build upon existing interests and passions, and learn from what other cultures have to offer. She is excited to be part of a team dedicated to providing such opportunities.