Meet our International Team

Kia ora | Welcome

I am Olga Fuentes-Astorga and I am the International Director for Marlborough Girls’ College. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development. As the International Director of Marlborough Girls College, I oversee our international student’s educational program, provide support, and help them to navigate their experience in our school and community.

Originally from Chile, I have worked in TESOL for over 30 years. As part of my training I studied at Irvine University, California USA, and in London, England. Since arriving in NZ in 2007, I have worked privately teaching English primarily to adults, skilled migrants and backpackers from different parts of the world.

While working as a TESOL in Chile, I became involved with the local chapter of AFS and presided over a decade. These years instilled a great sense of internationality and multiculturalism that has stayed with me ever since. I have traveled multiple times taking Chilean students on school trips to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. I currently live in Picton with my partner, Graeme and have two adult children and a granddaughter.

My long-standing relationship and passion in working with international students is what motivates me to provide the best experience possible for our international students here at Marlborough Girls’ College. 

Olga Fuentes-Astorga

Olga Fuentes-Astorga
Olga Fuentes-AstorgaInternational Director
Joelle Kay
Joelle KayInternational Administrator and Homestay Coordinator
My name is Joelle Kay, and I am the International Administrator and Homestay Co-ordinator for Marlborough Girls’ College. I hold a Masters in Counselling and a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Previously, I worked as a Correctional Rehabilitation Specialist in Singapore for 22 years, where I developed and implemented various individual and group counselling programs. Throughout my career, I have worked closely with individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I am passionate about working with young people, particularly young women and their families.