“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi:

Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

Hi! We are Ralf and Uli Schwinn, a German couple who now call the beautiful country of New Zealand home. After spending 6 months working and travelling here in 1981, we just knew that this is where we wanted to raise our family. So in 2000 that's exactly what we did.

We now have two adult children who have experienced all New Zealand has to offer, including travel, schooling and university. We are also not strangers to the New Zealand schooling system, with a lot of experience working as professionals in this industry ourselves. 

These days we are now the proud directors of this very successful exchange programme which creates an exciting platform for German students who seek adventure, new friendships and awesome learning opportunities.  It is our passion to bring young people closer to this unique country and its friendly people.

We hope to talk to you soon!


Aotearoa could be the Perfect Place for You If:

1 - tahi

Home sickness won't be a big issue for you while you're discovering a new country and studying away from home for a period of 3, 6, 12, or even 18 months.

2 - rua

You are super keen to conquer the English language.

3 - toru

You jump at the opportunity to get outdoors and love competition and playing sport (you definitely aren't afraid to throw a rugby ball around)!

4 - wha

You can't wait to meet new, like-minded people from different parts of the world and develop lasting, international friendships.