Meet Our Team:
In less than two hours Sheree can pack a suitcase for a two-month stint abroad. She's traveled to 40 countries, lived in four, and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and some Italian. In 2014 Sheree gave up her career, car and apartment, rented a small storage unit and embarked on an ambitious year-long solo sojourn around the globe.
Since 2002 Sheree has created and directed language and cultural immersion programs in the United States, Costa Rica, Spain and France. As a direct beneficiary of immersion programs (she studied Spanish and lived with local families for many summers in Spain and Costa Rica), she knows first-hand how these experiences help people from around the world connect at the deepest human level possible, something that could never be duplicated in a classroom or in a conference workshop. Sheree's extensive experiences abroad at an early age led her to earn a Master's Degree in Spanish Language with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. Since 2001 Sheree has taught both English and Spanish to non-native speakers, both in the U.S. and internationally.
In her free time she can be found researching her next trip, enjoying a glass of Alentejo wine or spending the day walking around her favorite cities. And now as the "creative brain" behind Immersa Global's programs, she happily bounces around the globe visiting the different site locations and laying the groundwork for future projects.
Click here to read the recent Vires 2018 Fall/Winter cover story about Sheree and Immersa Global.
Ana Nogueira, Portugal Program Director
Born of Portuguese heritage and raised in Mozambique, Africa, Ana has always been fascinated with exploring the world. She has traveled to 27 countries and when she’s not on the road, she happily shares her beautiful city of Lisbon with visitors from around the globe.
Ana's passion for globetrotting led her to study Hospitality Business Management. She has acquired vast experience in Quality Assurance, Management Systems, Customer Satisfaction, and Food Safety Management. Most recently Ana has combined all of her experiences and realized her life-long dream by creating an upscale hostel in a beautiful historic building in one of Lisbon’s most affluent neighborhoods. This innovative concept of high-end yet affordable short-term lodging has been so successful that Ana just recently acquired and opened more residences throughout Lisbon.
Ana's love of sharing Portugal with the world is palpable. On any given day, you’ll see (or hear) her happily indulging her guests at Royal Prince Hostel with regional baked goods, mini Portuguese lessons or impromptu wine tastings. (All of which she does while skilfully switching back and forth from English to Spanish to Portuguese!)
If you’d like to learn more about Ana’s projects click here.
Ben Austin, Art-Based Program Partner
Art critic/curator and publicist with over 25 years of experience in the art world, an early champion of Urban art, first curated gallery show for Banksy and Antony Micallef- ‘Perverse Pop’ Catto Contemporary 2002. ‘Decadence, Decay and Demimonde’ - Home House, London Oct 2007. Exhibition event on the preview evening of Frieze art fair, in association with Saatchi Gallery, major sponsors included Tanqueray gin and Hiscox insurance. More recently a major review of contemporary British art during Art Basel Miami (Design District) - Art Britannia - Miami 2013 https://vimeo.com/81143516
Ben Austin through the art and fashion PR Company - Fluff PR staged exhibitions/events for independent artists/fashion designers and promoted shows for leading London galleries.Ben Austin is a regular contributor to Artlyst - https://www.artlyst.com, FAD magazine - https://fadmagazine.com (artists to watch) and has written for Art Review magazine, plus for numerous exhibition catalogues/press releases.
He also acts as an art adviser for private collectors and institutions. Often taking select VIP groups around the major international art fairs (Armory - New York. Frieze -London and New York. Basel - Switzerland, Miami and Hong Kong).
Ben is currently based in Portugal working with galleries, designers and artists in the region. Interests include real estate and tourism. Visit www.benaustin.pt to learn more.