Our mission is to provide youth from less developed areas opportunities for a better future through education and employment.

Background – companies rising to a social challenge
Dream Learn Work is a non-profit organization created by Norwegian companies operating in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We offer young Brazilians from less developed areas a chance for a better future through education, contributing to corporate recruitment needs for qualified personnel.

2016 marked ten years since representatives of six Norwegian companies in Rio de Janeiro accepted the challenge set by Norwegian Minister of Development Erik Solheim: to foster social change. The goal was (and continues to be) to address the lack of skilled labour and, at the same time, to create social impact, changing young lives for the better.

DOF Subsea (formerly NorSkan Offshore), Jotun Coatings, DNV GL (formerly Det Norske Veritas), Kongsberg, DnB and Vard (formerly STX OSV) were the founders of Dream Learn Work. Today, a wide range of companies participate in and support our work, assisting young people in acquiring vocational and life skills and helping them to develop further and achieve their professional aspirations.

In the past decade, the Brazilian government has invested in better access to professional qualifications. However, research shows that the shortage of skilled labour remains a major issue for companies in the country and that there is the need to improve the access and quality of education. Therefore, the challenges that inspired Dream Learn Work’s founding remain.

After ten years, we have developed a solid, sustainable project with a tested and verified model, successful in giving youth the opportunities for a better future for themselves and for their families.

Findout more about DLW history here.

“Education doesn’t change the world, education changes people, people change the world.”

– Paulo Freire



Halvard Idland, Pareto Securities
Halvard Idland

Alexandre Imperial, DNV-GL

Paulo Van Der Ven, Equinor

David Richardson, Transocean

Flavia Maia, Gard and WISTA

Yasmim Nogueira (secretary)
Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Kincaid
Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Kincaid


Claudio Goulard, DNB
Claudio Goulard, DNB

Anthony D’Avila (DNV)


Sissel Hodne Steen
Sissel Hodne Steen

Trina Galloway
Trina Galloway
Helle Moen, Eggs Design
Helle Moen, Blusuvold Radgivning AS
Kristian Frovold
Kristian Frovold, Kongsberg Maritime
Camilla Flo
Camilla Flo, DNB
Ronny Van der Meij
Ronny Van der Meij

Nara Borges (Equinor)

Iris B. Froybu (General manager)


I am a young woman who had a dream of being a football player.

I live in São Gonçalo and through football I received opportunities to study in private schools and pursue higher education through an athlete scholarship.

I graduated in Business Administration and Accounting, with an MBA in Financial Management and Strategic Leadership.

I worked as Administrative Coordinator at Instituto Karanba for 4 years.
I love going to the beach, hiking and playing football

Alecsander is a young dreamer, a shipbuilding technician who is always willing to acquire knowledge.

Resident of São Gonçalo, he joined DLW in 2019 as a student through the Karanba Project, where he trained football. At DLW he took several courses, such as: Human Development and FPSO Production Operator, in addition to participating in a project called “DNA DLW” representing Karanba.

He has been working for Dream Learn Work since June 2022, where he went from intern to Project Assistant, always with a lot of engagement and motivation.

“Having the opportunity to work at DLW is fantastic for me, because since I discovered the work that Organization does and seen what it adds to people’s lives, I was delighted and amazed. When I was recruited as a student in the program, I had no idea that one day I could be here learning and putting it into practice.”

I’m from Sao Paulo and I´ve lived in Rio de Janeiro for over 10 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and a MBA in Tourism and Sustainable Business. My work experience is with customer service, organization of events, marketing and administration, and at DLW I’m responsible for the relationship with partners and fundraising.

I have lived in many places in Brazil, and in England and Norway. My international experience and language skills has given me a unique perspective in my field. I speak Portuguese, English and Norwegian.

In my free time I like to do Yoga and hiking, and I love planning trips with my family to remote places in nature.


I began my journey at DLW as a student through the Associação Abrigo Rainha Silvia in 2019. During this year, I participated in DLW’s External Mentoring Program, where, together with my mentor, I explored my skills and talents, soon discovering my true vocation in the administrative area.

After this experience, I embarked on a journey toward my goals, and with the support of the courses offered by DLW, I secured a place at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), where I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

The year 2023 brought me a significant achievement, as I became an intern at DLW. In this new phase of my career, I can apply what I have learned throughout my academic life and also continue to refine my skills and knowledge to fulfill my dream of making a positive impact on society through my work.


Dreaming together to make reality

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Heloisa Guimarães Peixoto Nogueira

Portuguese text proofing Graduated in Business Administration, with a Master’s degree in Marketing and PhD in Brazilian Culture. Heloísa was a higher education and post graduate professor in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, which involved planning, implementation and management of distance and face-to-face courses. She participates in social projects related to educational development from the perspective of critical vision, professional training and citizenship.

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