Community Soup Kitchen

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founded in 2006
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Coordinator | Jesica
Coordinator | Jesica
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High­lights

When helping at the Soup Kitchen, you learn how to truly connect with people and the power that these relationships can have on your life and the lives of others.
Here, the volunteer can learn so much about the Argentinian culture and see how many traditional dishes are prepared. It’s a place where you can completely feel the support of a community.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what language you speak, what kind of house you live in or what kind of job you have. In the end, we are all human.
The women love helping the volunteers learn a bit of Spanish because they are like family to them.
Your help is invaluable for the workers and for the community members because this center is an integral part of their everyday life.
This Community Soup Kitchen it is part of a Community Center that tries to help the unprivileged population from the area. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

This Community Soup Kitchen is located in Villa 21, which inherits its name from the military government of the 1970s that used numbers to identify the towns. It is part of a Community Center that tries to help the unprivileged population from this area that also includes various activities such as the kindergarten, playgrounds for the children between 3 and 12 years old, school support, a vegetable garden to be tended by the children when they are old enough.

Background Information

Villa 21 is a large unstable housing settlement South of Buenos Aires. It mostly lacks paved roads and sewerage; many houses are made of perishable materials and have no running water or drainage. The neighborhood faces serious health problems, as it is located on the creek that divides the capital city of the province, and is highly contaminated, causing respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases that primarily affect children. The soup kitchen is visited by approximately 50 people from the neighborhood for lunch every day. The space is also available to support teenagers when there are volunteer teachers willing to help them.

The support from social organizations is fundamental in this very poor neighborhood, mainly because its precarious situation affects families that need to face a lack of infrastructures and serious problems of public sanitation. Indeed, many families live in houses where they have problems with light and where they don't have running water nor a drainage system, in an area which has huge weaknesses in terms of sewer systems and road pavements. Moreover, it is located near a river which is highly contaminated by the chemicals released by nearby factories, and this generates respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases that mainly affect the children. Although faced with this situation, people don't receive any help from the government to improve their standards of living that are now miserable and harmful to their health. There are some housing construction projects in the works but they are slow-coming and displacing the inhabitants that are the most affected by the contamination of the river. In addition to this precariousness, today, ambulances refuse to come into the area.

Why is this project important for the community?

The soup kitchen cooks for the kindergarten and the people from the town. Thus, this organization is based on working with families and children from first to seventh grade, supporting them in their growing and development process, with a team of professionals and social workers. This Community Center was founded in 1994 and began as a soup kitchen until it expanded into a kindergarten with the help of the mothers from the area. 

The main goal of the Community Center is to offer the children's families a place of education and integral support. Moreover, the kitchen and center help to compensate these families’ economic situation. It is a place of exchange between teachers, social workers, parents and volunteers from the area and from Voluntario Global that work together for the safe upbringing of the children. It is also a place where the unemployed women from the area are able to have training sessions that take place periodically with professionals.

What do you learn as a volunteer?

When helping at the Soup Kitchen, you learn to appreciate the value of the small things, how to truly connect with people and the power that these relationships can have on your life and the lives of others, on the communities and the future. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what language you speak, what kind of house you live in or what kind of job you have. In the end, we are all human and we get so mixed up in focussing on other unimportant aspects that we forget that deep down we’re all the same. You will realise that even the smallest thing you do, can make someone else's day.

How does your work impact on the community?

Your help is invaluable for the workers and for the community members because this center is an integral part of their everyday life. Furthermore, the ladies and workers would not be able to participate in this cultural exchange if there aren’t any volunteers willing to help. The women also love helping the volunteers learn a bit of Spanish because they are like family to them. Here, the volunteer can learn so much about the Argentinian culture and see how many traditional dishes are prepared. It’s a place where you can completely feel the support of a community and you never leave the kitchen without a smile on your face.


Location

Located in Villa 21, Barracas, about 30 minutes from Downtown and easily accessible by bus.


Typical day

Role of the Volunteer

From 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, the kitchen prepares breakfast and lunch for the kids in the kindergarten and it also prepares food for the community members. The volunteer will be able to help in many tasks such as assist the women in the kitchen by washing and cutting vegetables, preparing the dessert for the children and help in the cleaning process after everything is served.

Schedule

The Soup Kitchen is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is available all year round, except during the last week of December and the first week of January.

Free-time activities

Buenos Aires is not a slow-paced city. In fact, it’s all too easy to get swept up in the constant whirl of events popping up and suddenly find you haven’t even seen its most important landmarks! 

 Buenos Aires offers elegant architecture, exquisite cuisine, a legendary nightlife, and fashionable shopping. Argentina has become famous for its rich European flavor.

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Souvenirs
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Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be open minded and have iniciative.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by Voluntario Global
Volunteer Program + Accommodation (Residence or hostel)
Volunteers staying longer than 90 days, will only pay for accommodation after week 12th.
Accommodation
Feel at home in Buenos Aires

Voluntario Global works with two different accommodations in central Buenos Aires, from which you can choose. We will advice on availability and closeness to your project before making a reservation. In both accommodations, meals are not included, however, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals everyday. 

Our coordinators in Buenos Aires always make sure the accommodations are clean, confortable and respectful of our volunteers. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers and travellers from all over the world. You will also have free computers and wifi access to use. Bedsheets and towels will also be provided.

Option 1: Residence

The Residence has a more 'feel like home' atmosphere, as most travelers staying here are long term students and volunteers. So if you are looking for a small, quiet place with  cozy and peaceful common areas, this is it!

Reception here is only available from 8am to 2pm.

    Option 2: Hostel

The Hostel offers a wide range of touristic activities and special events on a daily basis, from tango and salsa lessons to sporting events and exclusive club nights.

Reception is available 24 hours. There is also a bar and meals available all day.

Rules 

The accommodation will be charged from 8 AM on the first day requested. The check-in to the assigned accommodation must be made from 8 AM to 7 PM. If the check-in and check-out times are not fulfilled, we will charge the corresponding additional days.

If you decide to travel during your stay in Buenos Aires, the nights you spent outside our accommodation, which you have already booked, these will not be reimbursed. So please make any travel arrangements before or after your volunteer placement.

You can arrive earlier or leave after you finish your volunteer program, as long as you have paid for these extra nights.

Bear in mind that even if the pickup service is not requested, the volunteer must always inform Voluntario Global about the arrival time and date via e-mail or telephone at least 72 h in advance. If the requested information is not provided, we cannot guarantee that someone will be waiting at the accommodation for the volunteer upon arrival.

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Both accommodations offer
  • Excellent location: Both accommodations are located, literally, in the heart of Buenos Aires.

  • Easy access: Both are a few blocks away from main avenues, all very close to the Obelisco.

  • Everything you need: Located in areas plenty of transportation, shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Comfort in all rooms, single or shared. Shared rooms are up to 5 people.

  • Full-equipped kitchen and living room, TV, Internet.

  • Breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.

  • Free WiFi Access in all Common Areas.

  • Laundry service (at extra cost).

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. We assist you to find cheap flights to Argentina.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Argentina provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Argentina you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Argentina.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Requirements

1. Valid Passport & Visa: Most travelers do not need a visa to enter Argentina. Volunteers enter the country as tourists and can stay for up to 90 days. Extensions on visas are possible; our coordinators will advise you on this process.

2. Medical Insurance: Voluntario Global requires the volunteer to have adequate medical insurance for the duration of the program and must be provided with details of such insurance coverage at the time of confirming their placement.

3. Spanish Level Required: Not required

4. Minimum Stay: 2 weeks

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 18 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$630
12 weeks
$2,780
18 weeks (max. stay)
$3,090
Average fees
$243 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Voluntario Global will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Voluntario Global during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community Soup Kitchen

This Community Soup Kitchen it is part of a Community Center that tries to help the unprivileged population from the area.

$243/week

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