Meet the ACVE Team

Heath Ingham 
National Director

A true Kiwi, Heath has worked with young people in various capacities for ten years. He has worked in many youth related areas as a professional tennis coach and has worked within many fundraising activities for youth initiatives. Heath is currently the Director of an events company and a sports coaching business. He is a keen traveller and has visited many parts of South East Asia, Europe and the Pacific. In the UK he worked within a youth travel and hostel company, as well as assisting young tennis players as a private tutor. Working with ACVE to help our young volunteers coming into New Zealand means he can utilise his various experience in travel, coaching and project management to assist our volunteers as much as possible. Heath will also be looking after the Outgoing Program, seeing more Kiwis and Australians look to have an incredible voluntary experience abroad! He is looking forward to meeting all of our volunteers and helping them on their journey!


Teresa Way
Programme Co-ordinator

Originally from Canada, Teresa has made New Zealand her home where she lives by the beach with her husband and son. ACVE is very happy to welcome Teresa to the office team, where she will bring her considerable organisational skills to providing administrative support for all aspects of the ACVE programme. Whilst in Canada, Teresa worked for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, organising public residential programmes for international visitors to the university. She has also co-ordinated large scale events from awards dinners to half marathons. An avid sailor, Teresa and her family love to take their boat to explore the Pacific Ocean and local lakes. They have also welcomed international homestay students and teachers into their home and very much enjoy the whole cultural exchange process! Teresa understands what it is like to live and work in a different country far from home, and believes wholeheartedly in the learning journey all of our international volunteers are undertaking.

Nickie-Jean Hunia
Outgoing Co-ordinator and ESOL Teacher

Nickie-Jean is a self-confessed globe-trotter with a passion for being immersed in other cultures. Her adventures have taken her to four continents including extensive travel throughout Europe and teaching in South Korea and Hong Kong. She has a background in education with both a teaching degree and TEFL certificate and more recently has pursued her flair for creative writing. Nickie-Jean is heading the Outgoing Programme, sending our New Zealand and Australian volunteers to awesome projects overseas. Knowing the intrinsic rewards of volunteering can create memorable experiences for life, Nickie-Jean is looking forward to sending keen volunteers on rewarding journeys.


Board of Trustees

Rachel Boyte

Rachel has a background in law, planning and policy, with a focus on environmental and resource management law. She is originally from the Bay of Plenty and was based at TrustPower Limited in Tauranga for several years before relocating to Auckland to practise law. She is now a solicitor in the Resource Management Team at Russell McVeagh, where her focus is on consenting of major projects, particularly infrastructure. Rachel has travelled all over New Zealand, including a couple of years based in each Dunedin and Wellington. She has a strong interest in travel and other cultures. She studied French for a number of years, and spent two years teaching in southern Japan following university, where she learned Japanese. She enjoys running and mountain biking, and is now learning to swim in the hope she can enter a triathlon next year. Rachel has always been interested in overseas volunteer programmes and strongly believes that time spent overseas is one of the most valuable life experiences a person can have. Rachel is looking forward to being part of the ACVE team and helping other young people to work and live abroad.


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