With a deep interest in peace studies and conflict mediation, Larissa graduated in International Relations. During college she spent 6 months in Jerusalem, Israel, getting involved with grassroots organization that dealt with promoting cultural understanding and cooperation. Returning to Brazil she started working with Viva Rio, a non-profit organization promoting social inclusion and fostering a culture of peace. Larissa has always enjoyed interacting with different cultures and different people. Through her experience working with Viva Rio she realized how important it is to work on her abilities in the field of development and social change to create lasting impact.