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)


“Vanessa is from Rio de Janeiro, graduated in pedagogy and psychology, extensionist in neuropsychology from Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF, working in teaching for more than 20 years, having contributed to municipal projects and works developed with young adults in communities. She believes in the power of education, in listening and in the reception necessary as an instrument for transforming society. She turned her professional training process into a choice of possibilities for the construction and reconstruction of his own experience, as well as a means of providing training and development opportunities for minorities in order to transform the realities of people in territories that he has been in since childhood” Jhonantan Mier
Jhonantan Mier is a native of São Luís/MA and the son of a Brazilian mother and an American father. He is a Specialist in Cities, Urban Policies and Social Movements by IPPUR-UFRJ and a bachelor’s degree in Public Management from UFRJ. From an early age, his family encouraged him and showed the importance of access to education as a fundamental instrument to combat the glaring socioeconomic disparities in our society and that he experienced closely in childhood. With that, questions arose and a desire to contribute and be part of something with a greater purpose, which could help to change the reality of many lives that did not have the right access. These issues made his academic, professional and life purpose choices the continuous pursuit for economic and social development.
“Yasmim is a Mechanical Engineer 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, among other duties, she is responsible for the organization 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 also was part of DLW’s external mentor program at a partner multinational company. Nowadays she has assumed our Manager position and is very motivated to keep fulfilling DLWs mission and values”.
ThamiresThamires has been our participant since 2015, when she finished high school, she started a course at Instituto Bola para Frente, one of our partner NGOs. It was at that moment that she began her journey with us at DLW. The youngster completed courses in the administrative area and found herself in administration. In 2019, she took the Young Talents of Navigation course at SindaRio/Imapor and learned a lot about the area with that educational and professional experience. In 2020, she started her degree in business. And in 2021 she was hired by DLW as an intern and with the opportunity she will be able to combine her dream of working with social projects with her chosen field as a career possibility as well.


Dreaming together to make reality

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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

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