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.
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.
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Student Horizons is led by Jamie Wansey, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in international student group travel. Over the last twenty years, Jamie has delivered experiential experiences for schools in the UK, New Zealand and Australia and now resides in Queensland, Australia with his wife and three young children.
Experiential learning or learning by doing has been at the core of Student Horizons philosophy from the foundation of the organisation. Over 15,000 students and teachers have travelled all over the globe with Student Horizons over the last 12 years. Through an array of sport, music, and study based educational tours such as STEM and careers experiences, students have learnt by doing and have gained experiences for life.
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.
A lifelong learner, Jamie holds a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Liverpool, NZQA travel industry qualifications and is currently studying to become a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
“25 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!”
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.
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.”
Elle began her career in the travel and tourism industry in 2009, spending two seasons as a camp counsellor in Michigan, USA.
Subsequently she joined a well-known high street agency, as a travel consultant before managing her own business as a mobile travel agent. Alongside her home-based travel business, Elle applied herself in community roles as event coordinator for the Albury Special Children’s Christmas Party, and boarding supervisor at Scots School Albury.
In 2019 Elle moved ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand where she worked as activities coordinator and assistant manager at Queen Margaret College in Wellington and then onto Timaru Girls’ High School where she was appointed director of boarding.
Throughout her years of traveling abroad, some of her highlights include buying a van and travelling across Route 66, trekking in Rwanda to spend precious time with Mountain Gorillas, an expedition in Alaska, and eating her way across Mexico!
Elle believes strongly in youth advocacy and participation and finding meaningful experiential opportunities. She’ll always give something a go, whether its learning to snow ski at 33, or eating something interesting in a far off land!
“Finding the team at Student Horizons when I moved back to Australia was the perfect place for me to combine my love and passion for travel, with my experience in the education industry. It’s a privilege to be able to create core memories in a young person’s life and work alongside such dedicated professionals who want to show off the world.”
Tathiana was born in the Amazon, Brazil, where her love for nature and the outdoors grew. Her fascination with languages and cultures started early when she began studying English at the age of 8, and she has never stopped since then.
“Ten years later, I found myself in the US as an exchange student, navigating the world by myself for the first time. Little did I know that this life-changing experience would shape my entire life and career”. After returning to Brazil, Tathiana joined the international education sector and helped numerous students study abroad. Her professional career has enabled her to become an ambassador for international education programs. “It’s always gratifying to hear that one of my students has embarked on a successful international career,” she adds.
Tathiana has a bachelor’s degree in Business and a graduate diploma in Teaching in Higher Education. She has worked in the university sector for 10+ years, coordinating multiple projects and programs, as well as marketing and business development. In Australia, she took her career to the next level. Her role at Student Horizons has been a true blessing as it combines her passion for travel and education.
“A school tour is a truly enriching experience for future leaders, and I’m thrilled to be part of a company that contributes to shaping bright careers for tomorrow.”
A born and raised Floridian, Kait made New Zealand her permanent home in early 2012. When she was 14, she discovered a love for travel on her first overseas trip to Mexico and then subsequently spent her high school and university years hunting down and applying for any travel scholarship available so that she could experience more of the world. She represented her hometown on a sister-city exchange program to Japan, swam with crocodiles while protecting turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, taught English at schools in Russia, and backpacked through Europe before she discovered a love for modern art in the grand museums of London and Paris.
After completing a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Florida, Kait worked briefly in the art world before she discovered a way to blend her dual passions of art education and travel in a role at Student Horizons where she shapes educational tour opportunities for today’s high school students. She joined the Student Horizons family in 2015 and is grateful to have been part of the organisation’s incredible growth since then. She is proud to work for a values-based company in the student travel sector and maintains a particular interest in the Foundation of Student Horizons – a scholarship bursar for students from lower-income households in New Zealand and Australia travelling on school tours. Life has come full circle!
Kait still travels the world in her downtime, but now her toddler tags along on all the adventures. Outside of work, you can find Kait enjoying hiking, swimming, and yoga in New Zealand’s magnificent outdoors.
Isobel is a former French, Spanish and Dance teacher, and relocated to Queensland with her husband after growing up in England. Isobel’s love for foreign travel stemmed from spending childhood summers with family in Bordeaux, and her passion for language and culture hasn’t stopped since. During her university career Isobel spent a year teaching English in the south of France, and formalised her adoration for learning by completing a teaching degree and Masters. In between work and studies, Isobel was lucky enough to chase picturesque sunsets and expand her personal travel experiences. Her favourite places are Gdansk and Essaouira because of the stories of the local people, anywhere in Italy for the unrivalled food culture, and Havana for its vibrant style and salsa dancing.
Isobel has spent the last 6 years teaching languages in UK schools, inspiring young people to broaden their (Student) Horizons and learn more about the world around them. Isobel has experienced first-hand the magic of authentic travel experiences for young people when taking her students on educational tours around Europe and is proud to be able to provide such experiences as part of the Student Horizons team.
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.”
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.”