Raised in Truckee, CA, John Dewald graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in literature in 2017. John has taught English in a Brazilian university on a Fulbright Scholarship, guided backpacking trips up volcanoes for a Nicaraguan NGO, served as a translator in the Andes for a Bolivian NGO, worked for a literacy campaign in Belize, helped run a global health initiative in Bali, participated in a SCUBA conservation project in Honduras, taught empowerment classes to high school students in Japan, and researched voluntourism in Peru. A published author, John speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His interests include travel, skiing, SCUBA diving, surfing, and literature.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Jorge Eduardo Garcia Ferreira Jr is a production engineer currently pursuing a masters degree in environmental engineering at the Federal University of Brazil (UFOP). Jorge has worked as a quality engineer, a consultant innovating small businesses, and a public servant helping college students secure scholarships and accommodation. Jorge speaks Portuguese and English, is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and studies Spanish. His interests include hiking, mountain biking, playing the ukulele, and travel. He and John met while both working for UFOP in Ouro Preto, Brazil.