This Center was created in 2000 by a local woman wanting to offer support to the people of Heredia and the surrounding communities.    It is a food bank in the city and provides daily meals to over 100 people daily.   All volunteer help is welcome and appreciated.
General Tasks & Main Responsibilities: The most important requirements for this volunteer program are:  Hard working skills, compassion and enthusiasm.

Volunteers will assist cooking meals, serving food, greeting guests, cleaning tables, washing dishes and table set up.    This is a great program to meet people from all ages and backgrounds, and focused on all female staff!

Important: Program closed on the first 2 weeks of July, and from the 3rd week of December to the 2nd week of February every year.

ONLY Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrival:  flight must arrive before 8pm (no exceptions) to San Jose. The orientation is same or next day.

Volunteer Opportunities: Soup Kitchen Program

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 6 weeks.
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Fridays. Minimum 5 hours per day.
  • Requirements: Basic Spanish, independent bus ride to/from project site.
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18 years or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Taca, Avianca, Spirit Airways.
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov/

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Families.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Laundry: once a week.
  • Internet: available in some host families and projects
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO) meet and greet by ABV Staff and Airport transfer on arrival to San Jose
  • Orientation: Orientation upon arrival.
  • Support: Full time in-country ABV Coordinator.  24/7 emergency contact number.
  • Departure: Transfer back to the airport at the end of the program.

Not included:

  • Flights. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Internet (Only available in some host families and projects). Any extra activities and excursions or tours not described on the planned itinerary.

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

When you join an A Broader View program your financial contribution supports the hundreds of needy communities where our volunteer programs are based.  Donations are helping to stimulate the local economies with coordinator and hosting jobs, with new constructions at local school and orphanage, with much needed medical supplies to under served hospitals and clinics. 

ABV works tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where we are based.  As a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization we receive 100% of our funding from our volunteers' program fee donations. Your program fee is used for airport pick up & transfer, departure transfer, placement logistics, orientation, food & accommodations, in-country assistance as well as programmatic administrative support and continuity of our volunteer programs.   If you have questions about our program fees email to [email protected] or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.

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