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.

“It is a great pleasure to look back and see that the journey has led to the recognition of the importance of our work.”

– Halvard Idland, President



Halvard Idland, Pareto Securities

Halvard Idland

Alexandre Imperial, DNV-GL

Paulo Van Der Ven, Equinor


Claudio Goulard, DNB

Victor Dutra, DNV-GL


Arne-Christian Haukeland, DNB

Halvard Idland, Pareto Securities

Halvard Idland

Jan Tore Linstad, Kongsberg

Jan Tore Linstad, Kongsberg

Dagny M. Nome

Iris B. Froybu (secretary)


Ana Luiza has a degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management awarded by the King’s College London. After 15 years experience as an human resources generalist professional, having spent most of her career in the United Kingdom, she has decided to dedicate herself to the social sector. During her professional career she has been responsible for projects in national and multinational companies and government organizations, with an emphasis on the development of HR function and recruitment and selection strategies, developing the process, its guidelines and tools. She also created and implemented a number of policies and procedures to promote a consistent approach in decision-making. Ana Luiza is also an experienced mentor, having participated in peer-to-peer programs and mentoring junior members of staff. Since returning to Brazil in March 2014, she has worked in partnership with an HR consultancy firm to deliver their outplacement and coaching programs. She has been an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since September 2011 and is registered with the Brazilian Psychology Council in February 1993.

Jeanette has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing awarded by Southampton Solent University and a Masters degree in Media and Communication awarded by London Metropolitan University. For her master thesis she researched Cross-Cultural Communication between Norwegians and Brazilians, and her special interest in this area is due to her mother being Brazilian and her father Norwegian. After university Jeanette worked as a volunteer at the Karanba project, one of Dream Learn Work’s NGO partners. There she worked with internal and external communications, focusing on integrating the Brazilian and Norwegian staff. During her studies Jeanette has done various internships. In 2011 she was an intern at The Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon, where she worked mostly with media, communication and events. At the Embassy Jeanette had the first opportunity to work in a multi-lingual work environment where Norwegian, Portuguese and English was spoken every day. She has also completed internships during her journalism studies in the Norwegian magazines ”Vagabond” and ”Sorgenfri”.

Jeanette has been working for DLW since 2015 when she started as Communication and Project Manager. In 2018 she took over as General Manager

Yasmim is a Mechanical Engineering student and has been working for Dream Learn Work since June 2014, as a participant in our educational program since 2012. In 2011 she started playing football for one of DLW’s partner NGOs and was soon referred to become a project participant. She is an engaged and motivated student and has successfully concluded 8 courses through DLW. At DLW she is responsible for the organisation of the transport for our students and uses the Insightly platform to register participants and projects, keeping all the information up to date. Due to her history as a participant, she often assists in evaluations of our students. Yasmim is also part of DLW’s external mentor program at a partner multinational company.


Andreza completed elementary school at the Carneiro Felipe Municipal School, then went on to high school atthe Joel de Oliveira State College in Deodoro where she finished in 2013. During this period she got a Young Apprentice Administrative Assistant at ‘Estrela’ bus company in Marechal Hermes and stayed at the legal sector. After the studies Andreza went to take a course at the NGO ‘Bola Pra Frente’ where she met DLW, who has provided courses to qualify as English and Administrative Assistant. In 2016 she started the course of administration in college in Bento Ribeiro and during his studies Andreza did internship in telecommunications company Claro, where she worked in the telemarketing sector.

Andreza has been in contact with the DLW since 2015, when she started participating in the projects. In 2018, she assumed the position of Trainee.


Dreaming together to make reality



Photographer and Journalist

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.

Portuguese language corrector

Bianca Gomes

Consultant on marketing project


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