About Host Families NZ

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Meet our team


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 homestay 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.

Hui Li

Hui is passionate about education and diverse culture. With almost 10 years of experience working in the international education sector, she understands the importance of studying abroad but also aware of the challenges students might experience.

Hui joined Host Families NZ in late 2018 and she felt privileged to have the opportunities to support students, interns, and visitors whenever they need a place to call home. Hui currently oversees the business operation as well as focuses on the growth strategies. She is extremely proud of our homestay families and she can not wait to introduce them to every applicant.


Daniela is our regional homestay coordinator, and she looks after all bookings for Wellington and South Island. She is extremely friendly, patient, and caring. All schools and students love to work with her.

Daniela’s responsibilities involve homestay recruitments, house inspections, family assessments and ongoing monitoring, and homestay placements. She always takes good care of host families and students.


April has been with us for more than 5 years and she takes care of our office operations. She is super supportive, hardworking and responsible. When busy seasons arrive, April always join our placement team to look after group bookings. She enjoys working with host families and help students find the most convenient place to live.

April lives with her family in Northshore Auckland. Over the weekend, she likes to go for a walk or relax at the beach.


Toni is an experienced homestay assessor and she looks after new family evaluations, ongoing family monitoring, and existing booking assessments in North Shore Auckland. She follows a very strict process to ensure the environment for students are safe and all homestays are responsible and caring.

Toni lives with her family on Auckland’s North shore where she enjoys showing visitors around and introducing them to local culture. Although born in New Zealand, she has lived in other countries and love to travel.


Marcos is our office intern and he helps with administrative and clerical tasks such as preparing reports, lodging police vettings, and maintaining appropriate filing systems. He is positive and hardworking. You will always find our office full of laugh when Marcos is arround.

Marcos is currently studying in Early Childhood and he is super cool with kids. Outside of work, he likes to play basketball and having BBQs with his mates.

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