Born and raised in Timóteo, a small town in the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, Rafael is a Mechatronic Technician who works with IT Support.

He became interested in languages when he met and befriended an Argentinian couple, back in 2011. He is currently completing a teaching degree in Portuguese and English, while also studying Japanese.

He has been focusing his language expertise in Portuguese-English translations, and he sees his collaboration with ETIV do Brasil not only as a way to further his language skills but also to support a great cause.