About us

The Auszeit Neuseeland team – personal and reliable service

Realising the dream of an overseas experience in New Zealand – we know how important it is that everything works right from the start. Ultimately you’ll want to forever remember your experiences with a smile on your face. We do the groundwork, advise about program choices, take care of the process on-site, and provide assistance – whenever necessary. All of this is individual, so you can enjoy your time abroad.

We have been making the dream of an overseas experience for young people possible since 1999. Our headquarters are located in New Zealand. This differentiates us from other providers because we don’t hand over responsibility to partner organisations. We take care of every participant personally and are there for you 24/7.

The Auszeit Neuseeland team consists of German and New Zealand employees. As experts on New Zealand we guarantee sound advice with first hand knowledge about the country as well as an organisation that cares for you. We know what we are talking about because we have all travelled the world and had similar life changing experiences as you will have.

New Zealand Education Recognised Agency
Member of Tourism Industry Association New Zealand
Member of New Zealand-German Business Association

Team

Benny Horst - Auszeit Neuseeland Manager

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Facebook

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Qualifications

Dipl. oec. / Education New Zealand Trained Agent

Auszeit Neuseeland Benny Horst

Benny is originally from Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied Economics/Business Administration and worked as a product manager. Benny has been responsible for the Auszeit Neuseeland program since 2010. Since he travelled to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa, attended language courses in Auckland and Christchurch, lived in several Kiwi flats and has plenty of travelling-around-the-world-experience he is the ideal organiser for your New Zealand adventure.

Jule Kley - Auszeit Neuseeland Coordinator

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Digital Media Marketing

Jule is originally from South West Germany but travelled to New Zealand after her Digital Media Marketing studies to gain work experience abroad. Enjoying her internship as Marketing Assistant for Study Nelson so much, Jule decided to stay in New Zealand for longer and is now working as a coordinator in our Auszeit Neuseeland team.

Elisabeth Schmidt - Auszeit Neuseeland Coordinator

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Qualifications

Diplomas in Social Pedagogy and Social Work / Education New Zealand Trained Agent

Auszeit Neuseeland Liz Schmidt

Elisabeth (Liz) first came to New Zealand in 2009 on a NZ Working Holiday Visa. Before she had studied Social Work in Germany and worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 2 years. During her first year in New Zealand Elisabeth travelled the country, worked as a WWOOFer and in various cafes. Afterwards she was employed as a social worker in Taupo before finally moving to Nelson with her partner. Elisabeth has also gained experience as an au-pair in the United States and is happy to share this experience with you!

Birgit Neumann & David Monopoli - Directors

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

Mobile NZ: +64 (0) 21 616 338 / Mobile Germany: +49 (0) 179 669 5500

Skype

studynelson

LinkedIn

Birgit Neumann

Auszeit Neuseeland Birgit David

Birgit and David are the Study Nelson founders and visionaries. David is a real “kiwi” who loves his country and shares it with visitors from around the world. Birgit was born in Germany, though she has lived in New Zealand for more than 30 years. Since 1999 she has been organising the Study Nelson programs. Both directors visit Europe regularly and hold presentations, attend trade fairs and get to know future participants.

Claudia Meister - Marketing

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Skype

studynelson

Qualifications

Education New Zealand Trained Agent

Auszeit Neuseeland Claudia Meister

Born in Potsdam, Claudia has lived in Berlin and Hamburg. In 2013 she traveled to New Zealand and never returned. Claudia has worked for several companies and agencies in marketing, graphic design and web. After a few months of working holiday in New Zealand, extensively traveling the South Island with her kiwi partner, she decided to settle and now supports the Auszeit Neuseeland-team in marketing.

Penny Taylor - Accounting

Location

Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Skype

studynelson

Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Business Studies (Distinction) / Qualified Legal Executive (ILEX Parts 1 &2) / CELTA

Auszeit Neuseeland Penny Taylor

Penny was born in the UK, but immigrated to New Zealand in 2005 with her husband and children. She has a background in Business Administration and Law, both in public and private sectors. Penny is also interested in English as a foreign language – after gaining a CELTA qualification at CCEL she has taught English to many students. For Auszeit Neuseeland Penny looks mainly after financials.

Beate Gehricke - Coordinator Wellington

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

Telephone

+64 (0)3 546 6338

Skype

studynelson

Qualifications

Diploma as Sports Teacher / Certified Business Economist

Auszeit Neuseeland Beate Gehricke

Beate grew up in Dresden, Germany. After her studies she worked as an orienteering coach in Berlin, even coaching the German female national team. In 2002 Beate and her family moved to Wellington. They love to explore New Zealand’s outdoors. Since 2015 Beate looks after Study Nelson High School students and Auszeit Neuseeland clients arriving in Wellington.

Qualifications

Education New Zealand Trained Agent / Diploma in Business Administration (Tourism Studies)

Tessa Bösche - Marketing Germany

Location

Magdeburg, Germany

Telephone

+49 151 1533 9970

Skype

tessaschulz

Qualifications

Education New Zealand Trained Agent / Diploma in Business Administration (Tourism Studies)

Auszeit Neuseeland Tessa Bösche

Tessa is a freelance agent for Auszeit Neuseeland and undertakes preparatory meetings, information sessions and trade fairs in Germany. She can always be contacted by email and will gladly answer any questions regarding Auszeit Neuseeland.

Lucia de Leeuw - Marketing Germany

Location

South Germany

Telephone

+49 (0)7354 1570

Qualifications

Education New Zealand Trained Agent

Auszeit Neuseeland Lucia de Leeuw

Lucia is a self-employed management-coach and runs a yoga school. She has studied International Tourism and traveled the world extensively. She had visited New Zealand for the first time in 1986 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful country. Lucia has joined the Study Nelson team in 2013 when her daughter attended our High School-program in Nelson. Lucia organises presentations and trade fairs for us.

Susanne von Amelunxen - Marketing Austria

Location

Vienna, Austria

Telephone

+43 676 31 066 31

Skype

nussbaum04

Qualifications

Prof. Mag. Dr.

Auszeit Neuseeland Susanne von Amelunxen

Susanne is from Austria, a lawyer and an internationally certified coach. She has worked plenty of time abroad and has been teaching in tourism schools for many years. She has joined our team through her sons who both attended Study Nelson programs. Based in Vienna Susanne represents Auszeit Neuseeland in Austria. She can be contacted by email and will gladly answer all your questions around Auszeit Neuseeland-opportunities for Austrians.

Uwe Seils - Contact office in Berlin

Location

Kurfürstendamm 132, 10711 Berlin, Germany

Telephone

+49 (0)30 89 00 95 94

Uwe is a specialist in travel to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. He runs an office in Berlin.