Mariana Vieira da Rocha


I love to support people connect by creating spaces that are the starting point for meaningful conversations and which enable learning moments, where people feel safe, and are able to find their own “Aha! moments!”

I work as a Learning and Capacity building specialist for Volunteer Ireland and as a youth and young adults coach and as training facilitator. In my free time I volunteer for a variety of organisations and travel as much as I can.

Mariana Vieira da Rocha has 3 references for past work as a trainer.

Mariana Vieira da Rocha

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  • Igor Spetic
    Igor Spetic
  • Sami Sorjonen
    Sami Sorjonen

Current occupation

Learning and Capacity Building Specialist; Training facilitator

Work experience

I currently work for Volunteer Ireland as a Learning and Capacity Building Specialist.
I am also a youth and young adults Coach and the founder of The Curious Path, a space for people to feel curious, connected and heard, through 1:1 and group coaching and non-formal education workshops.

I have been a training facilitator since 2018 and have worked closely with Higher Education Institutions, NGOs and as part of a team for KA1 training "Games are not just a Game"

I worked as a Volunteering and Civic Engagement Manager in in Higher Education for 10 years until April 2023, when I decided to dedicate my full time to working with and for young people and young adults as a Coach and a non-formal education facilitator. I’ve been actively involved in Erasmus+ programmes as a participant and as a trainer and have developed and delivered a variety of activities to support youth workers and youth groups.

I’ve developed and delivered training for Universities & Student Unions (staff and students), youth groups and youth workers across Europe and I’m always striving to help people to gain awareness to all the skills, knowledge and experience they have thorough coaching, facilitation and training.

I am also a co-founder of SPEAK London, a social tech startup that connects migrants, refugees and locals through a language and culture exchange program helping them to feel integrated in the city where they moved to. It breaks barriers, promotes multilingualism, equality and democratises language learning.

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Educational pathway

All the opportunities below, which relate with community engagement, volunteering and service learning have allowed me to really understand the importance on non-formal activities (with a volunteering focus) and allowed me to learn how to better collaborate with a variety of community groups, organisations and individuals.

- THOR - The Heart of Reflection [2020]
- Service Learning / Community Engaged Learning
Forum (Trent Institute for Learning & Teaching (TILT) [2020]
- The Power of Non-Formal Education [2019]
- Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change (University of Michigan - EdX) [2019]
- Volunteer Impact in the Community (AVM) [2018]
- IMPACT International - Supporting International Volunteering [2014]
- Managing Volunteers with the Institute of Leadership Management(ILM) endorsement [2012]

The Project Management training and Impact Management were absolutely crucial in supporting my ability to create projects from scratch and understanding their outcomes and impact they had. This has supported the development and delivery of every project I've ever done or been involved in.

- Prince2 - Foundation and Practitioner (AFA Project Management) [2012]
- Outcomes and Impact Management (NCVO) [2017]

My arts focussed education provided me with the ability to think creatively and address challenges in a very "out-of-the-box" way. This has had (and still has) an incredible impact on how I live my live and develop my professional and personal projects.

- MA Contemporary Performance Making (Brunel University) [2011]
- Laboratory of Documentary Film and Movement (Portuguese Society of Art-therapy) [2010]
- BA in Dance (University of Human Kinetics, Lisbon, Portugal) [2009]

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (intermediate) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (beginner) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Environment & Ecology
  • (intermediate) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (beginner) Fundraising
  • (beginner) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Human Rights
  • (intermediate) Intercultural Learning
  • (beginner) International Youth Work
  • (beginner) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (beginner) Organizational Management
  • (beginner) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (intermediate) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (beginner) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (beginner) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (intermediate) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (beginner) Youth Exchanges
  • (beginner) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (beginner) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (beginner) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (beginner) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (beginner) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (beginner) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Global Cooperation

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (beginner) Spanish

Trainer references

  • Union Contact training

    Validated (2022-03-12)
    The training activity took place
    in Paccar Scout Camp, Bucks, United Kingdom
    organised by Brunel University Student Union
    08.09.2013 - 13.09.2013
    Reference person

    Cleve Rushton

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  • Games are not just a Game

    Validated (2023-05-06)
    The training activity took place
    in Okrug gornji Čiovo, Planikovica 7, street
    organised by OIP Posejdon
    06.05.2023 - 13.05.2023
    Reference person

    Vedran Stajdohar

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  • Game is not just a game

    Validated (2023-05-06)
    The training activity took place
    in Virrat, Finland
    organised by Marttinen Youth Centre
    Reference person

    Sami Sorjonen

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This profile was last modified on 2024-05-04

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