Soup kitchen for people in need in Valencia

In this project as a volunteer you will be able to help many people in need to cover their meals.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Help families and people most in need with their food needs.
  • Help this project reach more people in need.
  • Know and support the teachings and values.
  • Live a unique experience and meet the local population and other volunteers.

What is this program about?

The Dining Room is located in the Benimaclet neighborhood of Valencia. It began operating in March 1994, meeting the needs of people who came to Cáritas asking for different types of help. 

Over the years, a multitude of people have been served (between 15 and 25 per day, depending on the season). In the last two years, the San José Soup Kitchen has taken a qualitative turn, necessary changes have been produced to favor the daily life of the beneficiaries, increasing the quality of the services, to improve the work of the volunteers and to consolidate its validity. The beneficiaries attended have become 50.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

Collaborate 2 to 3 days a week. The hours of collaboration are approximately 3-4 hours distributed throughout the day, depending on the needs.

A typical volunteer day begins when the volunteer arrives at the project in the morning, meets with their local coordinator, and distributes the assigned tasks for that day. 

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his spare time. 

The activities that you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Offer a daily meal throughout the year.
  • Food bags are distributed on Saturdays.
  • Beneficiaries are helped with specific aid for medicines, transportation, etc.
  • Personalized accompaniment to specific volunteers to guide them towards a possible improvement.
  • Select food.
  • Prepare trays. 
  • Cleanup.
  • Collect food.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Knowledge of basic Spanish.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you must arrive at is Valencia International Airport (VLC), in Valencia. Once you arrive in the city you must go on your own to the accommodation you have hired. The local coordinator can help guide you to get to the project.

You will be in contact with the local coordinator beforehand so they will tell you how to get to the project on the agreed day. 

It is advisable to arrive in Valencia over the weekend for the incorporation on Monday.

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open throughout the year. It is advisable to arrive during the weekend, since the project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. 

The local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 1  week to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of your place
  3. Make a 1st contribution of register for the program
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and completethe rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.


What can I see during the weekend?

The association does not organize or offer tourist packages, but we guide and provide information to volunteers about the places they can visit, as well as how to get around the place and the country.

We also provide information on things to do during free time and activities in general. Valencia is a city full of culture and interesting things to discover.

You can go sightseeing in the mountains, on the coast or in the center of the city. Enjoy the atmosphere, the people, the gastronomy, the climate and the beautiful places that you can find in the city.

Do not forget to take many photos, you will remember every corner!