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.
As our operations manager, Ruth runs the placement of guests to the families. She attends to the requests, concerns and needs of the students, schools and agents, as well as managing the coordination between school and host families. And she does it all with a smile on her face!
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 plans and directs the development, promotion 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 are always in tune with their clients.