Volunteering Solutions offers this amazing volunteering program which aims to serve food to approximately 50 persons on a daily basis. These people belong to the economically disadvantaged section of society and often come here for their daily meals.
The Community Soup Kitchen Volunteering Program will give you the opportunity to interact with people of all ages, who don't have enough economic strength and mostly rely on these community kitchens for their regular meals.
As a volunteer, it'll be a great learning journey for you, as you'll not only get to cook on a large scale, but also serve food to the hungry and get to know more about them (and their lives). It'll surely be an eye-opening journey for you, and turn you into a more humble & compassionate person. No matter whether you are a high school student or a gap year traveler, you'll surely get to make a difference through your valuable contributions.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project and should be active, responsible and ready to act. Participants joining this program should have an intermediate level of Spanish.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
As a volunteer for the Soup Kitchen Program, you'll have the following tasks to perform:
- Collect, preserve and store the food from the nearby restaurants and local providers.
- Assist the staff of the center in serving of meals & clean up of facilities.
- Welcome & assist the people at the center who come for their meals.
- Provide any sort of administrative & managerial assistance to the staff, as and when needed.
Volunteer Work Schedule
Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday between 8 AM to 1 PM mostly. Sometimes, there might be work on Saturdays and Sundays as well, but that's very rare!
On weekdays, you can make good use of the afternoon. You can choose to attend Spanish language classes, or go for a walk along the beachside or just explore Valencia.
You can travel to Granada, Barcelona or Madrid during the weekends. If you wish to try out some adventure sports like skydiving or scuba, then you can go for that as well.
Your volunteering adventure in Spain will only get better with Volunteering Solutions. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive.
Volunteers are provided pickup from the Valencia Airport. The airport is served by some major airlines such as Iberia, Lufthansa, Ryan Air, Air France, Air Berlin and Transavia and has direct flights from major cities in Europe. Participants doing the project in Denia can also be provided from Alicante Airport.
All volunteers will be provided with an orientation session by the local coordinator. Areas like safety, locations, transportation, things to see etc will be covered in the Orientation. After your orientation is over, you will be introduced to your project.
Volunteer Accommodation is provided in a single room in a shared apartment. Accommodation is very comfortable with good facilities available. The rooms are well furnished and the apartment has a fully functional kitchen as well. Volunteers who want to cook their own meals can do so. Couples or friends travelling together can also be provided accommodation in shared room together. Participants also have an option to choose to stay at a host family by paying extra charges.
Meals are not included and participants can cook their own meals in the apartment or choose to eat at the numerous restaurants and cafes in the city.
During your Free Time
There is lot to do during your free time and on weekends. On the weekdays volunteers usually work from morning to afternoon and the rest of the day volunteers will have time to relax, go to the beach, join our cultural activities, explore the city, practice sports and go for tapas.On the weekends, volunteers can travel by train or bus to Barcelona or go to main Valencia town as well. While in Valencia, you can explore the beautiful relaxing beaches, the futuristic city of Arts and Science and the old maritime quarter of El Cabanyal. Valencia is rich in culture and heritage and has more than 15 kms of beaches. In Denia, volunteers can relax in the the quite town and get immersed in the local culture and life.
Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup at Valencia
- Orientation & Training
- City Tour & Leisure activities
- Accommodation in an apartment
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- 100% Financial Protection
- UK Based Support
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa Fee
- Return Airport Drop
- Local Transportation
- Transfer from Airport to Denia
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program.
Intermediate level of Spanish for projects with children.
Mandatory swimming knowledge for Marine Conservation Project.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
The participant must be in good health.
Valencia has one of the most beautiful and sunny coasts of Spain, with several kilometers of beaches to enjoy the sea in a warm climate and practice water sports, and that’s why it is also an important tourist destination.
Denia is at the heart of the Valencia Community, between the cities of Valencia and Alicante and less than 100 km from both international airports. Denia is very well communicated with other Spanish cities by bus and is also the closest city to Ibiza. It only takes a couple of hours to arrive at the amazing island by boat!
Flights and Visa
Health and Safety
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.
Accommodation and Living
Also, go for a football match which is a must when in Spain.