Encompass Brazil International

U.S.-Brazilian Partnerships

EBI connects people and institutions around the world
to create sustainable, strategically beneficial partnerships.

Jesse Wheeler, PhD
Executive Director, Encompass Brazil International

Our programs serve educational, professional and corporate clients seeking to internationalize.
When Envisioning Change
is Not Enough

STELA

 
Service-learning, community impact programs for groups and individuals.
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Building a store for artisans
Water tank for a school
Water tank for a school
Put Excellence
Within Reach

DELTA

 
Short programs designed to increase knowledge in specific areas for professionals, students, or interested individuals.
The Right Partner
Can Help You Grow

PI

 
Partnership-building assistance for companies, universities, NGOs and individuals.
What They Are Saying
  • EBI offers an outstanding array of services and expertise to those interested in having a presence in Brazil. Their level of professionalism is unparalleled. I highly recommend them.

    • Maria Crummett
    • Deputy Vice President, Scholar Exchanges, and Executive Director, CIES
  • I am currently working with Encompass Brazil International on a program for a Study Abroad tour for Drexel University's Music Industry Program. … Their knowledge of all things Brazil has helped build a Study Abroad tour that has enchanted students.

    • Darren Walters
    • Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University
  • Without reservation, if you need someone who knows his way around all of Brazil, who is well thought of, and addresses situations that happen, Dr. Jesse Wheeler is the professional you should contract.

    • Cynthia Warrick
    • Interim President at Grambling State University and Thurgood Marshall College Fund representative
  • Jesse & I have co-taught four courses in the Brazilian Amazon and one in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. He is intelligent, warm, creative, and sensitive, all of which are important qualities in contexts that involve great challenge for us and our students. I recommend him highly as an international liaison and co-worker.

    • Shawny Anderson
    • Associate Dean and Professor of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California
  • Dr. Wheeler creates an environment where people want to contribute, and he will inspire you and your team to do your best work, too.

    • Salome Chasnoff
    • Filmmaker, Founder of Personal Hermitage Productions, and Founder and Executive Director of Beyondmedia Education
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  • If you have interests in building educational partnerships in Brazil, Jesse Wheeler should be your first point of contact. He has an in-depth knowledge of the country, culture and language, along with the knowledge of and access to institutions of higher education, as well as numerous government agencies involved in supporting education initiatives. ... [He] offers an outstanding array of services and expertise to those interested in having a presence in Brazil. His level of professionalism is unparalleled. I highly recommend him.

    • Maria Crummett
    • Deputy Vice President, Scholar Exchanges, and Executive Director, CIES
  • I am currently working with [Encompass Brazil International] on a program for Study Abroad tour for Drexel University's Music Industry Program. Jesse Wheeler is the consummate professional. His knowledge of all things Brazil has helped build a Study Abroad tour that has enchanted students.

    • Darren Walters
    • Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University
  • Dr. Jesse Wheeler organized and facilitated meetings with key Brazilian governmental officials and administrators, faculty, staff, and students at 4 universities in Brazil. Dr. Wheeler exceeded my expectations; he organized and managed all in-country travel and accommodations. He prepared documents for all of our numerous meetings that had an aggressive travel schedule to 5 cities, Brasília, Itajubá, Curitiba, Maringá, and São Paolo. Dr. Wheeler was knowledgeable and had great rapport and respect with everyone we met. He effectively translated in Portuguese and conversed with members of our delegation who also spoke Swahili. Dr. Wheeler followed up with everyone we met with and will continue to provide feedback and communication for next steps. Without reservation, if you need someone who knows his way around all of Brazil, who is well thought of, and addresses situations that happen, Dr. Jesse Wheeler is the professional you should contract. With the World Cup and Olympics and other trade and education missions to Brazil, he will be very busy.

    • Cynthia Warrick
    • Interim President at Grambling State University and Thurgood Marshall College Fund representative
  • Jesse is highly competent in a surprisingly diverse range of areas, and he was able to fill many roles during the production of our feature documentary, "Brink of Survival," shot on location in Malawi. He is a highly skilled and imaginative photographer who makes his subjects look wonderful. His interview style allows him to build intimate and trusting relationships with interviewees, always getting the story behind the story. As a sound recorder, he is sensitive and completely reliable. He is a wonderful colleague who brings creativity, initiative and enthusiasm to any project. He is tireless; he commits himself to any task that arises and is willing to learn what is necessary to do the job well. Jesse creates an environment where people want to contribute, and he will inspire you and your team to do your best work, too.

    • Salome Chasnoff
    • Filmmaker, Founder of Personal Hermitage Productions, and Founder and Executive Director of Beyondmedia Education
  • Jesse is an outstanding colleague and co-instructor. He is intelligent, warm, creative, and sensitive, all of which are important qualities in contexts that involve great challenge for us and our students. His translation skills are excellent and his ability to convey important cultural understanding makes a big difference for our students. We have co-taught four courses in the Brazilian Amazon and one in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. I recommend him highly as an international liaison and co-worker.

    • Shawny Anderson
    • Associate Dean and Professor of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California
  • In March 2012 I had the pleasure of meeting Jesse Wheeler, who coordinated the Brazil portion of the International Academic Partnership Program I participated in and organized by IIE for over 30 college and university administrators from across the country. Jesse was key to the success of this program, due to his outstanding organizational skills, his warmth, clarity of mind and translation skills. Jesse’s performance at that time led me to ask him to coordinate the Brazil portion of a faculty-led trip Washington State University organized in May 2013. Once again his work was outstanding. In this particular project, he coordinated activities in three different cities (São Paulo, Campinas and Piracicaba), involved three different universities, several research centers, presentations at a couple technological parks, dealt with many faculty members and administrators, plus organized agricultural site visits. Everything was completed in a superb manner, while keeping students and four faculty members engaged, motivated, and appreciative of what they were learning… and he still had a sincere smile in his face when we offered the goodbyes. That’s talent! ...I give the highest recommendation to Jesse Wheeler, as his work is superb. I recommend Jesse for any international liaison activities not only with Brazil, but any other country. His cultural awareness and sensitivity, his knowledge of languages and countries, in addition to an incredible level of patience and understanding, makes him one of the best, if not the best in the field. He is by far the best representative I have worked with in over 30 years of involvement in international activities. Jesse will get anything done, with a clear understanding of what is needed for a particular project, and he will do it with a much needed calmness, specially needed in the international realm. He does it with knowledge, kindness and brilliancy, while empowering others to do their best. Jesse is also qualified in a variety of other fields that led to a college student asking me: “Is there anything he cannot do, and so well?” Everything I have seen him working on has been done with tremendous efficiency, effectiveness, responsiveness and class, while listening carefully to those he works with him. He can also sing!

    • Jessica Cassleman
    • Assistant Dean of the Honors College at Washington State University
  • I travelled to Brazil as part of an North American delegation of Universities. Jesse Wheeler led the group and program and did an outstanding job. His insights and deep understanding of the market were invaluable. He is wonderful to work with and brings both strong organizational skills and excellent people skills to his role. I have done extensive work internationally and found this trip to among the most productive and enjoyable. I would recommend [his services] highly.

    • Maureen Weatherall
    • Vice Provost of Enrollment Management at Loyola Marymount University
  • Jesse was responsible for planning and coordination of a study tour to Brazil that I recently joined. The tour involved 12 university and 1 high school visits, meetings with officials in the Brazilian government, and took place in 4 different cities in Brazil. Jesse was able to successfully connect and maintain positive relationships with all members of the study tour (and there were over 30 university administrators and faculty members in the group) as well as all university and government representatives within the sites that were visited. This was an extraordinary feat, and indicative of an extremely competent and emotionally intelligent individual.

    • Rita Bailey
    • Assistant Provost at Illinois State University
  • Declaro para o devidos efeitos que o Dr. Jesse Samuel Wheeler, trabalhou...sempre com desempenho irrepreensível. Trata-se de profissional responsável, de sólida formação, com domínio perfeito das línguas portuguesa e inglesa, e amplos conhecimentos dos sistemas educacionais superiores do Brasil e dos EUA. [E]le contribuiu, efetivamente, no desenvolvimento das atividades de nossa entidade, que tem por missão promover o entendimento entre os dois países por intermédio do intercâmbio educacional e cultural. Assim, reafirmo que no meu entendimento são qualidades suas: competência, honestidade, capacidade e idoneidade, razão pela qual recomendo seus serviços profissionais.

    • Luiz Valcov Loureiro
    • Executive Director at Fulbright Commission in Brazil and Professor at Universidade de São Paulo
  • Recommended.

    • Patricia Anne Simpson
    • Professor at MSU-Bozeman
  • We (Washington State University) hired [Encompass Brazil International] to help us design and implement a study tour for a team of our agriculture students in Brazil. ... [They] did a fabulous job of finding appropriate, interesting, and stimulating partners to work with [and] got out students up to speed on Portuguese so that they could better connect with the place. [Jesse Wheeler] was an excellent cultural translator and was instrumental in helping us design a high quality global learning experience for our student.s

    • Colleen Taugher
    • Associate Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Washington State University International Research & Development
  • Jesse is one of the best people I've had the pleasure to work under. He went out of his way to help in ways he could easily have brushed aside for not being his direct responsibility. He knows how to listen for the information that matters, and exercises good judgement to take meaningful action when it is needed. I trust his work implicitly.

    • Christopher Ellison
    • Research Associate to the President, Minnesota International Center
  • Jesse is an extremely bright, creative and charismatic individual. Jesse approaches the task at hand with energy, enthusiasm and full commitment. He is also an unselfish and friendly colleague. He has the rare ability to take a position and make it much more than it was ever intended to be.

    • Christopher Heinen
    • Associate Professor at University of Connecticut Health Center
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