Maris is originally from South-Estonia (Viljandi), but attended University of Tartu. She has a BA degree in Educational Science, with focus on human sciences. She has been part of international communities and organizations since her youth, so ISE seems the perfect place. Her previous field of work was special needs children with autism and different syndromes in Tartu. Since the summer of 2008 she has been a delegation leader or staff for children and youth from Estonia in international camps in Europe. She enjoys helping the young people learn about the world and themselves, and experience new things.
In her free time, she enjoys watching sports (especially football), hitch-hiking, traveling, reading and relaxing in the countryside with some sauna.