We are dreamers

Local Dreamers is an organization that is founded by a small group of young idealists.
It is created out of the passion for South-America in general and Ecuador in particular.

 

Our Story

We are a young team that operates quickly, openly, involved, passionately and dynamically. Every day we try to share our dreams with the community and try to make the dreams of the community come true. We do this with a healthy amount of energy and fun, but above all with an important objective: to contribute to a world that makes people happy. Step by step.

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Our mission

To create an inspiring and safe learning environment in which Ecuadorian children, youngsters and international volunteers can discover, develop, share and connect their talents and dreams with each other. We focus on the needs of both worlds and connect their different cultures and people with one another.

What we do

CHANGES

With the knowledge, talents, energy and experience of our volunteers, we try to be of added value to local projects and its users. Projects that have a foundation to exist, even without our presence. With our own initiatives we try to answer to local needs or to bridge the gap between the rich elite and the poor lower class of Ecuadorian society.
By opening conversations with people, by telling and most of all by listening and by cooperating we try to emancipate people. A better position in the labor market or just a smile on a face, a small change is often as valuable as a big one.
An experience in a completely new culture leaves a lasting impression with our volunteers and interns and shakes them out of their daily lethargy.

You´ll learn to put things into perspective and you´ll realize how comfortable life at home actually is. This environment provides the perfect platform to develop yourself. We value and put a lot of effort into the personal development of our volunteers and interns. We give you the space and opportunity to fill in your own dreams.
A short time abroad, living in a country with its own lifestyle, own traditions, humour, problems and challenges. How does that affect you? And them? Together you´ll live, laugh, dream and work together intensively. The perfect ingredients for intercultural relations, friendships and experiences for life.
10 other reasons to choose Local Dreamers as your organization.

 

MEET OUR TEAM

volunteer Ecuador
Jesse van de Woestijne
Organization Founder / Director

Initiator LD | Fond of opinionated personalities, dry humour, discussions, karaoke and Friesland | Lively, passionate, and sharp | Aversion of injustice, losing and sweetmeat

Aldert Schriemer
Founder / Director Ecuador

Physiotherapist | Football fanatic | Caring, critical, perfectionistic, enthusiastic, spontaneous | Fond of travelling and sports | Keeps a stiff lip but is sparkling on the inside

Volunteer work and internships in South America
Vladimir Loyo
Project Coordinator / Spanish teacher

Friend of founders | 15 years of teaching experience | Fanatic football fan | Trustworthy, involved, peaceful and
modest | Family man, movies, a Sunday on my bike

Megan van der Moezel
Project Coordinator

Cultural anthropologist | Cinephile | Curious, analytical, creative, and fond of (good) food| Happily infected by the travel bug | Excels in sarcasm and pitch-black humor

Ruth Hooiveld
Project Coordinator

Tries to live life to the fullest | MsC International Relations | Surrounds herself with friends and family | Life motto: everything is better with your hands up in the air!

Vrijwilligers en stage coordinator Elsemieke
Elsemieke Grooters
Volunteer Coordinator

Social scientist | Music enthusiast- and encyclopedist | Misses her bike the most when away from Amsterdam | Loves skiing, theatre, Latin-America, wine+diner, & meeting new people

Volunteer work in Ecuador
Andrés Zambrano
Trainer Soccer School

Economy Student | Quiet, almost shy; studious, reliable and enthusiastic | Passion for sport, sketching, languages and cultures | Loyal friend and very talented draftsman | Is close to the soccer group

marketingcoördinator Local Dreamers
Tim Janssen
Marketing Coordinator

Former volunteer in Quito | Always up for a joke and straightforward | Fond of traveling, team player, eager, loyal, ambitious, and precise | Always looking for new opportunities

Volunteer designer Ecuador project
Patrick Loonstra
Branding & Design

On a voluntary basis, Patrick developed our new Local Dreamers brand: logo, font and project icons are designed by Patrick.
Check his website Patrickloonstra.nl for more of his work.