Marco Machado

Marco Machado

Manager of University Placement

Marco is committed to supporting students that dream of studying abroad, particularly in the U.S. He has worked as a teacher for the past 9 years, which informed him of his passion for education. In 2018, he was invited to coordinate an international office and work closely with students applying to U.S. colleges and universities. After an arduous learning process in 2019, Marco had his first student accepted with a full scholarship. It was a moment of clarity for him. In 2020 and 2021, Marco focused his efforts on underprivileged students across Brazil to achieve this dream. For him, though, it is all about the process of creating interconnectedness with the person he is advising. Marco’s approach is known for blending the necessary rigor and fundamental empathy, in which he seeks to find the best in each student he works with.

Currently, Marco is the Manager of the University Placement Initiative, a program that supports students in the application process to U.S. colleges and universities. He is responsible for putting together a comprehensive project that emphasizes both the technical and more personal aspects of the application process, advising students both in groups and individually. Student acceptance is the final goal, but what truly drives Marco the most is construing relationships where everyone involved can voice their thoughts amidst the intersections of trust and love.

7 Facts About Marco Machado


I spend lots of time watching actors’, directors’, and writers’ roundtables on YouTube.


I am always revisiting lectures given by bell hooks.


Beyoncé is the Queen! 20000 minutes on repeat on Spotify.


My top 5 literature books are (in no specific order) — A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness; The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink; Atonement, by Ian McEwan; On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong; and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.


If I am alone, on an isolated island, at the end of the day, I will surely have a Moonlight DVD copy with me to watch as my last movie.


I have been a vegetarian since 2018. I tried to be a strict vegetarian (no diaries), but I failed miserably after 3 months because, apparently, almost every industrialized food contains traces of animal milk…


Anything Jake Gyllenhaal is on is worth watching, from Nightcrawlers and Nocturnal Animals to The Day After Tomorrow (not his best, I know). Oh, but do not watch Ambulance—you will waste 2 hours of your precious life that not even Jake’s pretty face can justify.