Volunteer Experience | Community Development

South Korea: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Seoul, South Korea


LocationSeoul, South Korea

Duration: 2 weeks minimum commitment.

Cost: €800 Euros Project Fee per week – see Costs tab for more information

Includes: 3 meals a day, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

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World hunger is indeed a critical issue that affects numerous vulnerable populations, including children, senior citizens, and homeless individuals. The Soup Kitchen program in Korea provides an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference by serving food to those in need and helping alleviate hunger in the local community.

By joining the Soup Kitchen program, you will have the chance to contribute to the effort of providing meals to hundreds and thousands of people who are facing daily challenges in meeting their basic nutritional needs. Your involvement in this program can have a direct impact on the lives of those who are struggling and bring them some relief and nourishment.

The program is designed to address the hunger problem and support the most vulnerable members of society. By volunteering in the Soup Kitchen, you will actively participate in the preparation, serving, and distribution of meals to those in need. This hands-on experience will allow you to engage with the community, learn about their stories, and witness the impact of your efforts firsthand.

It’s important to recognize that the Soup Kitchen program plays a vital role in addressing food insecurity, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic and social challenges brought about by the pandemic have further intensified the need for food assistance worldwide. By joining this program, you will be contributing to the collective effort to combat hunger and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families who are struggling to access sufficient food.

Your participation in the Soup Kitchen program in Korea will not only provide nourishment to those in need but also offer a sense of hope and support to the community. It is a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the fight against hunger and make a tangible impact on the lives of individuals who are facing difficult circumstances.

Together with other volunteers and local organizations, you can play a part in addressing the pressing issue of hunger and promoting the well-being of vulnerable populations in Korea.

Daily Life

The Soup Kitchen program in Korea provides an opportunity to actively participate in the movement to eliminate hunger and share free meals with those in need. The soup kitchen is conveniently located just three stations away from the guest house, allowing for easy access and a close connection to the vibrant district it serves.

The program is organized in collaboration with the non-profit organization called “Dail Community,” which has been making valuable contributions to society since its establishment in 1998. Dail Community initiated a food sharing movement by providing instant noodles and rice to homeless individuals, drifters, and impoverished senior citizens. Over the years, the organization has expanded its efforts to include various initiatives such as free education for less fortunate children and providing medical care to low-income families in Korea and underdeveloped countries facing healthcare challenges.

As a participant in the Soup Kitchen program, you will be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the soup kitchen. This includes tasks such as preparing ingredients, including washing, chopping, and storing them, as well as cooking and serving food. You may also have the opportunity to pack meals into single portions for take-out trays, wash dishes, clean tables, and assist with other essential tasks.

The scale of the soup kitchen’s operation is significant, as it typically serves meals to around 800 to 1,000 people every day. Your contribution, no matter the specific task you undertake, will play a crucial role in ensuring that hundreds and thousands of individuals receive nourishing meals. The experience of knowing that you have helped feed a large number of people in need will undoubtedly be immensely rewarding.

By joining the Soup Kitchen program, you become part of a collective effort to combat hunger and contribute to the well-being of the community. Your involvement will not only help provide sustenance to those in need but also create a sense of unity, compassion, and support within the local district.

Working alongside the dedicated team from Dail Community, you will witness the impact of their ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger and uplift the lives of individuals facing challenging circumstances. It is a chance to actively engage in a meaningful cause, experience the spirit of community service, and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Please note that the specific tasks and responsibilities may vary depending on the needs and priorities of the soup kitchen and the guidance provided by the local team.

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be met at the airport by a project representative and brought to the project HQ upon arrival.

During your stay in Seoul, you will be provided with comfortable and convenient accommodation. The accommodation is ideally situated in close proximity to both the airport and the city center, ensuring easy access to transportation and various attractions.

The accommodation offers Standard shared rooms, which can accommodate 2 to 8 people. These rooms provide a cozy and communal environment where you can interact with fellow participants and share experiences. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay, and wifi is available in the common areas, allowing you to stay connected during your time at the guesthouse.

You will have access to western-style toilets and hot showers, providing you with the necessary amenities for your daily routine. Additionally, laundry facilities are available on site, allowing you to conveniently take care of your laundry needs.

To enhance the social aspect of your stay, there is a friendly pub located on the first floor of the guesthouse. This pub serves as a gathering place for guests, providing an opportunity to relax, socialize, and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere.

Overall, the accommodation aims to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for participants of the Animal Care Program. It offers essential amenities, a welcoming environment, and convenient access to both the airport and the bustling city center of Seoul.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project, and care about people.
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Conversational English
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
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€800 Euros per week

* 1 week required to confirm your place. The balance will be due 4 weeks prior to your departure.
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*** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee

What’s included
  • Airport pickup & transfer to the project
  • Program Coordination & Logistics
  • Emergency and 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Accommodations and 3 Meals Daily, 2 meals on weekends
  • Certificate of Completion and CV Reference support
What’s Not included
  • Additional meals, drinks, and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

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