Meet the Team
GIOVANA PAULA SILVA-REAY
Founder and Director
Giovana started Host Families NZ Limited in 2010. After learning more about her market, she created a strategy to improve and grow the market of
home stay families in New Zealand. Giovana personally does the homestay inspection, meets with schools and agents, and takes pride in overseeing
the whole operation.
A Brazilian native, Giovana now lives in rural Auckland with her family. Giovana's goal is to offer the memorable and rewarding experience of hosting an international student to all types of families in New Zealand.
Homestay Placement Manager
Ruth plan, organize and control the operation, mainly placements of students to the families. She also attends to the requests, concerns
Ruth is also one of HFNZ host family, an experienced host in hosting and handling international students.
Wellington - Regional Homestay Coordinator
Daniela plan, organize and control the operation in Wellington mainly placements of students to the families. She also attends to the requests, concerns and needs of the students, schools and agents.
LADY VI KAREN CARDENAS
Karen's specialty is in providing accounting systems and services to Host Families NZ. This covers items relating to taxation and the financial dealings between schools, agents and host families.
LEOVIE APRILYN BRION
April also plans and directs the development and marketing of HFNZ’s services. Providing exceptional service and experience is important to the team, so April also monitors and analyses the student and host families’ feedback to ensure that Host Families NZ is always in tune with their clients.
Homestay Coordinator - UNITEC
Kay handles Unitec placements of students to the families. She also attends to the requests, concerns
Marcos helps with administrative and clerical tasks such as preparing reports and maintaining appropriate filing systems.