Meet the Team

Our philosophy

The team at Student Horizons all wholeheartedly believe in the philosophy of learning by doing. Specialists in educational travel, 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.

With over 60 years of combined knowledge and experience, the team at Student Horizons is highly passionate about creating exceptional touring experiences for students and teachers on school trips. Our staff’s destination knowledge, attention to detail and personal service will ensure that all aspects of your tour planning runs smoothly and hassle-free. With customised itineraries to meet your school curriculum requirements, we’re expanding your school’s four walls to the endless possibilities of the world.

Read more about us to learn how Student Horizons, the educational travel experts, and can help you.

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

ConfuciusChinese Teacher and Philosopher (551–479 BC)

Jamie Wansey Jamie Wansey - Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
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 Brooke Wansey - Toulouse, France
Travel photo: Brooke showing her kids the 'Pink City' of Toulouse in France.
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 three young children is not quite the same but enriching on a different level.

“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 Andrew Graham - Beach in Scotland
Travel photo: Andrew taking a stroll on a beach in Scotland.
General Manager Finance & Data

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.

Steven Caunce Steve Caunce - Rugby World Cup in Japan
Travel photo: Steve at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
General Manager Marketing & New Zealand National Sales Manager

Steven Caunce

18 years ago, British-born Steve made New Zealand his home. He now lives in Auckland with his wife and two daughters, but his loyalties will always be with the Liverpool football team! His favourite place to visit is the far north of New Zealand. He is a keen traveller who is passionate about creating transformational experiences for young people.

Steve’s love for travel was ignited during his time at university. He took a month long adventure across Europe and spent a memorable summer coaching tennis at a summer camp in the US, before embarking on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles, via New Orleans.

After university, Steve and his wife, Ali, quit their corporate jobs and set off on a 10 month journey around the world. On a shoestring budget, they had amazing experiences in many different countries, but personal highlights were Nepal and New Zealand. It was on this trip that Steve fell in love with New Zealand, and all it has to offer.

Following a 17-year career at Fuji Xerox, Steve is now looking to follow his passion and make a positive impact. He is delighted to join Jamie Wansey and the awesome team at Student Horizons, in a role that will allow him to influence the lives of young New Zealanders.

 

Andrew Johnstone Andrew Johnstone relaxing on the Gion Tatsumi bridge in Kyoto.
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.”

Blair Whitlock Blair Whitlock in New Zealand
Travel photo: Blair doing a bungy jump in Queenstown.
Product Manager

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 Westlake Boys’ High School in Auckland. 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, before taking 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.

Jane Teitge Jane Teitge Windsor Castle, UK
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.”

Taylor Ritchie Taylor Ritchie 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 Slater in Iceland
Travel photo: Taking in the spectacular Icelandic scenery.
Tour Coordination and Flights Manager

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.

Theo Betteridge Theo Betteridge in Peru
Travel photo: Theo at Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Peru.
Relationship Schools Manager

Theo Betteridge

Born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Theo grew up playing any sport he could get involved with – whether on a team or in the backyard with his brothers. Rugby, cricket and darts remain his biggest passions.

Theo attended New Plymouth Boys’ High School, where he was fortunate enough to complete a Student Horizons rugby tour to California. This opportunity sparked his love for travel and remains one of his fondest memories. He is excited to provide the same experience for other young people.

Theo studied towards a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. During this time, he spent a year on exchange in Medellín, Colombia. He travelled extensively in Colombia, through Peru, Brazil and Central America. He developed a great love for this area of the world and he values pushing boundaries and experiencing the different cultures and people around the world.

After completing his degree, Theo left windy Wellington to join the Student Horizons team in Brisbane.

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.