MEET OUR LOCAL AREA REPRESENTATIVES
Here are some of our dedicated and passionate Local Area Representatives supporting and supervising our many
exchange students here in New Zealand.
Lynne from Whangarei
Lynne enjoys being part of a worldwide family. She has placed and hosted many students from lots of different countries. She wants every student to have the best time of their lives while here in New Zealand. Lynne loves working with the amazing host families that makes this all possible.
When possible, Lynne likes taking students to visit sights around NZ and seeing how much they appreciate our beautiful country.
Lynne and her husband have travelled to many countries, visiting many of their students and meeting their families. This is very special as she gets to learn about other cultures first hand.
Pauline from Hamilton
My name is Pauline Corfield and I have come on board with Your Education to help others experience the importance of a high school exchange programme for themselves. We love our country and are proud to call ourselves true kiwis, but we also enjoy learning about other cultures.
Our family have been hosting exchange students for the last 14 years which has given us children all over the world. We have seen how it changes lives. We never thought we would travel but now have been to see our students and meet their families in Germany, Italy, Vienna and Brazil, and some have returned to visit us too.
Jacqui from Rotorua
My role as Local Area Representative over the past 11 years or more, has had many rewards not only in learning about the different cultures around the world, but being involved in the lives of the local people who become our host families. These families are very special in that they do make a difference to the lives of the teenagers that come into their lives. It becomes a lifelong experience for many students and host families.
The families love sharing the endless outdoor activities that Rotorua has to offer from mountain biking, white water rafting, luging and the many lakes just to name a few. Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity which is a huge tourist attraction plus our Maori culture is a very special part of what Rotorua is. Rotorua is very central with the ocean a 45 minute drive, snow and mountains two hours away and Auckland city a 2.5 hour’s drive north. Come and experience a kiwi lifestyle and live the dream.
Coralene and Mark from Wanganui
We are Mark and Coralene and we have been a Local Area Representative and Host Family since 2004. We enjoy finding families for students, matching their interests, and giving them the chance to live in Whanganui for a year.
We love being able to show overseas students our wonderful lifestyle in NZ and also the experience of living so close to a beach - something that many landlocked countries miss out on. Bringing overseas students into my town gives Kiwi students the opportunity to meet other students from a different culture and hopefully broaden each other's horizons.
The children in a host family also benefit as they learn about another country and learn to compromise with another sibling in their home. My hope is that the bond will be strong enough that both the student and family will be part of each others life forever!
Karen from Horowhenua
Hello, my name is Karen and I am the Local Area representative in the Horowhenua!
I have been involved in Hosting for over five years now... I get great joy out of my role for "Your Education" as a Representative and a Host Parent.. Our family have hosted seven students from all parts of Europe.. One of our own children did an exchange and had the chance to reunite with her host brothers and other international students who had spent a year here in the Horowhenua from all over Europe! Hosting can be a very rewarding experience, sharing our New Zealand way of life and our beautiful country filled with wonderful keen friendly people will never be forgotten by a student and life long friendships and memories are made. It's highly likely you will get to meet your host students family at some stage, as they all become an important part of your family too. Five of my students families have said, "New Zealand is infectious and we will be back!".
We love to share our part of New Zealand with exchange students and giving them a memorable experience!
Leigh from Blenheim
Hello, my name is Leigh and I am the local area representative in Marlborough.
My family has been involved in hosting and supervising exchange students now for seven years and it has been truly a fun and rewarding experience. We have hosted students from all over Europe and also Japan. Hosting can be a very rewarding experience as you gain an insight into another culture and your own children can learn how small the World really is and how very alike we all are. It teaches acceptance of differences and cultural awareness. We have found that we have learnt so much, not only about other countries and cultures but also about ourselves and what is most important in our own lives.
Our own two daughters have been on exchanges to Austria and Germany and it has been a life changing experience for both of them. Our daughters now have siblings all around the World and I am sure the relationships will continue. We have visited some of our international children in Europe and it has been amazing to see them all grown up years later. When you host an exchange student, you gain a new family member who will be part of your lives forever! It is such a rewarding experience sharing our beautiful country and our culture with a young person from another part of the World.
Marlborough is a beautiful part of New Zealand, within an hour and a half of mountain lakes, ski fields, a short distance from beautiful forest walks and of course the stunning Marlborough Sounds with Wellington a quick trip away - a great place to host a young person from the other side of the World.
Val from Invercargill
My interest in international high school exchanges started in 2005 and has now become part of my life: I love it.
My husband and I have hosted over forty students and each student adds a new dimension to the wonderful work of cultural exchange.
As a person who never enjoyed flying, I have thoroughly enjoyed the various nationalities that Your Education brings to New Zealand, and also giving New Zealand students the opportunity to visit the many countries abroad. I am happy that I can be part of this unique experience for students.
I enjoy working with Your Education as it allows me the chance to promote these wonderful opportunities. I am looking forward to meeting many more students in the future.
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