Plato para Todos

Plato para Todos is a food project in the south of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The project is created to help the youth of Quito with their nutrition and development. Plato para Todos, which means “a meal for everyone”, focuses on children at risk of serious health problems due to malnutrition. 

¡Una buena comida para todos!

Con el proyecto Plato para Todos, Local Dreamers se enfoca en hacer una contribución práctica para estimular patrones de alimentación saludable, conciencia nutricional y ofrecer una dieta variada. Brindamos educación sobre nutrición y salud, preparamos comidas frescas y saludables y trabajamos en la distribución de alimentos desde áreas excedentarias a áreas deficitarias. 

Dentro de este proyecto aspiramos a la formación de una comunidad cercana, sentido de responsabilidad compartido y conciencia, no solo entre los niños, sino también entre los padres y cuidadores. Con esto tratamos de lograr que la creciente desigualdad de ingresos lleve a una menor desnutrición grave en el sur de Quito.

Former Dreamers


How can you help?





Typical day

At Plato para Todos, you can take the role as manager/project coördinator or volunteer. 

  • Provide nutrition and health information in a challenging and structured way; 
  • Participate or take lead in preparing fresh and healthy meals; 
  • Provide information in the field of dental care; 
  • Safeguard the balance, structure and progress of the Food project;
  • Support the local food bank in collecting food and ingredients; 
  • Organize (sport)activities in the project neighborhood;
  • Keep in touch with the kids’ parents, talk to them before or after the gatherings; 
  • Actively involve yourself with the organization and the project: what is needed? What can be improved?;
  • Create a safe and stimulating environment;
  • Promote important values like respect and collaboration.

It is important to take spanish lessons to be able to participate and communicate with local people. In our office in Quito we have experienced teachers. During the lessons besides Spanish you will learn about culture and get enough experience. This is ideal because you will also have the opportunity to participate in all our projects in Quito: English school, swimming school, soccer school and other interesting activities, see our Spanish course page.

Local Dreamers offers its volunteers and interns excellent Spanish classes for the price of only € 11 per lesson. Every volunteer and intern are very excited about our Spanish lessons.

  • Spanish Basic:  €264,-24 lessons
  • Spanish Intensive: €440,- 40 lessons
  • Spanish Specialist: €660,- 60 lessons

The main office of Local Dreamers is in Quito the capital of Ecuador. There is also the meeting point to direct our volunteers and interns to the different projects. Our facilities have everything you need to prepare your lessons. We have a pleasant working environment with computers, internet and printers. In the cafeteria you can prepare a good cup of tea, coffee and a snack. Outside our office, just one step away, you will have access to all the facilities you need, for example, a large supermarket, restaurants (with a full menu for less than three euros) stationery stores, bakeries and even hairdressers, etc.

Upon your arrival at the airport, José Luis (our driver) will be waiting to take you to our office, where one of our guides will be waiting to take you to your lodging and will also teach you everything you need while you get used to the projects and how to get around in Ecuador.

First 4 weeks: €790,-

From the 5th week: €150,- p.w


  • Preparation and guidance
  • Management of your accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized guide, orientation and preparation with our team in Ecuador.
  • Access to all computer equipment, printers, paper, internet, and other materials necessary for planning.
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner included if you stay with a host family
  • Freedom to prepare your own food and have full access to a clothes washer and dryer if you stay in our volunteer house.

By choosing one of our projects in the city of Quito you have the opportunity to participate in all the other projects in Quito at no additional cost

As a serious and responsible organization we ask for the following requirements to participate in our projects:

• Fill out registration form

• Sign general terms and conditions

• Sign code of conduct

• Have travel insurance

• Vaccines

• Criminal background check

• Copy of passport

Important: to reserve it is necessary to pay a registration fee

Former volunteer Sterre de Geus (21) described a day as an English teacher for us:

  • 07:45     Alarm goes off, I put on my non-fashionable-but-decent clothes and have desayuno with my host family
  • 08.30     In 10 minutes I walk to the office of Local Dreamers, on the way I take the Metro Newspaper and try to decipher the local and global news
  • 09.00     Working time! All volunteers and interns are at the office and in small teams we start preparing lessons and trainings. Today my fellow teacher and I have to prepare the afternoon´s lesson, and we have to finish the monthly schedule for the upcoming volunteers.
  • 10.30     Coffee break. Let´s check if there is some news from the home front
  • 11.00     I have some time to finish my Spanish homework, since I have a new class in the afternoon. To prepare my English class even better I decide to already translate my lesson preparation to Spanish.
  • 12.00     English teacher’s team meeting. Together we discuss the progress of the classes and give feedback and suggestions
  • 12.30     Lunch. Today we try another lunch spot around the office. It will probably be soup, followed by rice with chicken for about $2.00
  • 13.30     Spanish lesson. Today Paulina (my Spanish teacher) and I discuss the imperative; really effective for my English lessons
  • 15.00     Tea break. On the roof terrace we have some chill time, to talk about other things than work…
  • 16.00     English Class. My class consists of children aged from ten to twelve, stubborn and active, but challenging! Today they will learn how to tell the time.
  • 17.30     End of the day. Tired but satisfied I take my bag and walk back home. My host mom prepares rice with chicken, while I try to show her my newly learned words.


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If you are interested in the Food project, and you want more information, please contact us via the ‘join us button’.
Be aware that we don’t have any full-time projects. We always compose a project plan in collaboration with the volunteer, and try to match the qualities of our volunteers with the right activities. Volunteers do best what they have been educated in.
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