Ariel Contreras – LATIN AMERICA


My name is Ariel Contreras, at this point in my life I am a vlogger, youtuber travel photographer and co-founder of Isla Adentro, a youtube travel series. Before this, I used to have a successful company with my brother, and I was also an award-winning young writer and an environmental activist. But then it happened… the travel bug got me and I started falling in love with places, people I didn’t even know existed and their stories, conservation efforts and wonderful species hanging by a thread. And then everything just made sense right away, in the most natural way. I decided to follow my heart and here I am… Finding a beautiful middle ground between everything that makes me feel alive and the things I want to leave as a legacy. I dream about getting to know the world as a local and about giving a voice (a pretty loud one) to those who struggle, those who are doing beautiful things to make this world a better place and of course, to the one and only space we can call our common home. That’s me in a nutshell.

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 Jean Luc Habimana – WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA


I am a storyteller through documentary photography. I believe in the power of stories through inspiration and sharing experiences as a way of learning from each other and bringing people together. I love using my camera to capture stories that deserve to be told now, and even to the coming generations. Apart from my personal projects, I have co-founded MyStory Rwanda, which is a platform that seeks to inspire and connect young people through storytelling.

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Lauren Kana Chan – ASIA


I am a storyteller and explorer, who is trying to understand the world through the lens of sustainable and responsible travel. My professional and research passions are in sustainable livelihoods. I am an environmental and social justice advocate, committed helping build better lives for future generations. I have worked and volunteered for UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenland, Sustainable Travel International, and Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China. I used to work as an editor for Sustainability Leaders and Asian Ecotourism Network to learn about leadership in Asia and around the world. For as long I can remember, nature has been a source of joy and inspiration. I share my own stories and experiences at I believe that stories can enact awareness and promote a global community.

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Sabina Trojanova – EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA


Hi, I am Sabina Trojanova! I am the founder of – a responsible travel and sustainable lifestyle blog. My stories focus on the intersection between gender and climate change. I have more than 150,000 social media followers and have been featured in publications like Lonely Planet or Huffington Post. Although I am 24 I have already visited more than forty countries, lived in five and am fluent in four languages. When I am not travelling I’m most likely trying new vegan recipes I learned on my journeys, working on my dystopian novel or dreaming of adopting a rescue dog.

From March 21st I am passing on the torch to Ellie who will continue the adventure to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar. My time with Faces2Hearts has been a deeply enriching experience. And I owe it all to the inspiring individuals I met along the way.

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My name is Eleonora, but everyone calls me Ellie. I was born and raised in the heart of Rome which forged in me a deep passion for art, poetry and food.
My studies in anthropology and journalism enhanced my strong love for different cultures and their stories. My desire to contribute and learn took me to Asia, where I started volunteering on various community sustainability projects. This allowed me to merge my passion for story telling with my film and photography skills, a combination which now lets me experience the world and narrate its tales.
When I travel, I do my best to see the world not just the countries, connect with humans not
only see the people, and taste flavours in more than just the food.

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