Volunteer at Community Soup Kitchen in Argentina


Our Project Partner paves the way for social mobility to take place by promoting cultural knowledge, education and cooperative work. This Soup Kitchen project started in 1994 driven by social engaged mothers and teachers of Villa 21 (Slums), a large unstable housing settlement south of Buenos Aires. The presence of volunteers and the power to teach them Spanish makes the cooks feel very happy, and gives them purpose in what they are doing, as well as be part of a cultural exchange. The neighborhood faces serious health problems, as it 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 available to support teenagers when there are volunteer teachers willing to help them.

VJD-No.: VJD49
Type: Helping Hands
Online Project: No
Location: Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks
Max. No. of Volunteers: 3
Project focus: Culture; Poverty Relief; Community Development, Capacity Building
SDG: 01 No Poverty; 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

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  • Help cooking in the Soup Kitchen.
  • Serve breakfast and lunch to kindergarten children.
  • Serve lunch to families who visit the Soup Kitchen.
  • Assist in cleaning the kitchen space.

If a volunteer is interested, they can provide educational support to teenagers in the neighborhood (Advanced Spanish Required).


  • Volunteers with experiences in the fields Community and Social Services or Cooking are preferred
  • Basic Level (A1-A2) of Spanish required
  • Work creative and independent as well as part of a team
  • Inspire and motivate others
  • Enjoys working with people and cooperates with women working here.
  • The most important thing is to show an interest in helping and learning.

The kitchen is the best place to learn Spanish. You learn whilst cooking and in a relaxed and fun way. The most important thing is to show an interest in helping and learning. The cooks spend many hours in the kitchen and at times feel that they are only useful in this particular area. The presence of volunteers and the power to teach them Spanish makes the cooks feel very happy that they can help and be part of a cultural exchange. It is important to be a volunteer who is willing to work, has a lot of initiative, enjoys working with people and cooperates with women working here.

Welche Dienstleistungen sind inkludiert

- Unterstützung vor dem Engagement
- ermäßigte Dienstleistungen
bei z.B. Versicherungen
- 24-Stunden-Notfall-Telefon
- Abholung vom Flughafen
(sofern nicht anders angegeben)
- erfahrene Mitarbeiter
- Sichere und einfache Unterkünfte
(manchmal geteilt)
- Alle Mahlzeiten (sofern nicht anders angegeben)
- Orientierung über Lehrmethoden und -techniken, Sprache, Sitten, Kultur und Religion (falls zutreffend)
- 24-Stunden-Unterstützung im Land
- Qualifizierten Tätigkeitsnachweis

Welche Leistung sind nicht inkludiert

- An- und Abreise
- Visum
- notwendige Impfungen
- Reiseversicherungen
(können ab 1,35 Euro pro Tag arrangiert werden)
- Ausflüge vor Ort
- Flughafensteuern
- Persönliche Ausgaben

Estimated Cost

Cost for the 1st week:

265 Euro

Cost for the following weeks:

180 Euro per week

Visit our FAQ page for financial help.

We offer you the possibility to engage yourself in a culturally and professionally challenging environment. Besides giving something back to the world; you get an excellent opportunity to further develop your personality and intercultural competence. We find a social project that perfectly matches your qualifications and preferences; prepare you for your new assignment; guide you before and during your volunteering experience, help to fundraise your mission and following up on your achievements once you get home. For this service we charge 1.600 Euro (net).

In short: We will make sure that all you need for a successful mission is provided to you!

or how this project makes a difference:
Long Term aim (desired impact):

Cater for more people in the neighborhood.

Short Term aim (desired output for the individual volunteer coming):

Cultural exchange is way of improving peoples lives.

Accommodation on arrival: ACCOMMODATION FOR VOLUNTEERS

Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, 4 blocks from the famous Plaza de Congreso.
Transportation located 20 meters from Line A subway, which will take you all the way to Plaza de Mayo.
Comfortable rooms, single or shared. Full-equipped kitchen and living room, Internet (including computers and WiFi).
Facilities: breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.

Project is closed: 

Works all year round except on 24, 25 December and 31 December, 1st January.

Social activities (organised by partner):

We organize social activities with volunteers and projects every month, i.e.: visits to museums, football matches, pick nicks, open debates, etc.

Language lessons: Intensive (20h/ week) 1 week USD 280
Intensive (20h/ week) 2 weeks USD 490
Intensive (20h/ week) 3 weeks USD 720
Intensive (20h/ week) 4 weeks USD 920
Regular (10h/ week) 1 week USD 240
Regular (10h/ week) 2 weeks USD 420
Regular (10h/ week) 3 weeks USD 590
Regular (10h/ week) 4 weeks USD 690
Guidance: There is one coordinator at the project and a general coordinator for all volunteers. However, we expect the volunteer to have a proactive and determined attitude of the volunteer is extremely important.

It is always very helpful when volunteers find their own way to help in the communities, so that coordinators instead of “training them” can use that time to accomplish pending tasks they might have.


There is free wifi and computers at the volunteers house.

Other relevant information:


First Contact

Please contact us by phone, email or apply free of charge and without any obligation here as an individual and here as a company.


After extensive consultation on the process, the services, the costs and preparations, we will present the first suitable projects.


After an extensive consultation and presentation of the first suitable projects, we will conclude a written agreement. In order to have planning security for all stakeholders.

Presentation of  Volunteer Profile to Project Partner

Your application documents will be presented to the project partner.

Successful Placement

If the project partner decides for you, he documents this on the so-called Confirmation of Assignment (COA).
This is an indication for us that the pure mediation process is completed here and we can start with the preparation.


You will be prepared individually according to your previous knowledge.

Project Work

During your project work, a fixed contact person is at your disposal at any time.


At regular intervals, we as well as the project partners expect a short documentation of your project results and progress.


At the end of the project a feedback round takes place and the project work will be evaluated together with all participants.

Qualified Letter of Reference

After successful implementation of the project, you will receive a qualified letter of reference.

Do you think that this project perfectly fits you?

In that case we welcome your resume and motivation letter in English. Please mention the assignment title and its VJD-No. as reference. We will of course ensure complete confidentiality and discretion while processing your inquiry.


All information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy and completeness.

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