The International team at Kavanagh College

Kavanagh College's International Department team have many years of experience in New Zealand and overseas education. We have travelled widely and have worked with people from a large variety of cultures, giving us the expertise to support our international students here in Dunedin and also their parents and agents in their home countries.  


(L-R)  Vicki Cullen, Lina Lastra, Nicki Ridden-Angus

Vicki Cullen, International Director

My name is Vicki Cullen and I have been the Director of International Students at Kavanagh College for the past14 years. I studied Business and Marketing at SIT in Invercargill. I am married to Andy and together we have four children. I travel off-shore about three times each year, visiting parents and Agents who are interested in sending their students to Kavanagh. When I am overseas we have both Lina our Homestay Coordinator and Nicki our Lead ESOL teacher at school to look after the students.

Lina Lastra,  Homestay Coordinator

I studied Business Management in Colombia, where I’m from. I lived in England for nearly 10 years and I have been living in New Zealand for the past 9 years. I consider myself a citizen of the world as my heart belongs to many places. I’m fluent in English, Spanish and I have a good understanding of Portuguese. I’m currently studying Te Reo Maori. I have two kiwi boys and one of them studies at Kavanagh College. I find it fascinating to learn about different cultures from all over the world and I'm lucky enough to have a job where I can do so. 

Nicki Ridden-Angus (B.Sc, Grad.Dip, Dip.Grad.Tchg), Lead Teacher of ESOL

I have been the lead ESOL teacher at Kavanagh College since 2011 and love teaching students from all over the world. Prior to working at Kavanagh, I lived in Düsseldorf, Germany, where I spent four years teaching ESOL to adults in companies and in programs for the German government. I enjoy travelling to other countries and experiencing other cultures, although I do less of that now that I have a young daughter - now my students bring their many languages and cultures to my classroom instead.


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