Are you interested in volunteering your time to help families put food on the table? Volunteers will gain knowledge and develop a range of skills in connecting families, seniors and other low-income individuals with the food assistance they need.  Homeless people and struggling families can find shelter, a warm meal and friendly faces in soup kitchens

Volunteers are needed and welcome at a community dining room is located in the shanty town Cerrillos Villa in the North Side of Arequipa. This community dining room is responsible for providing a balanced dietary supplemental meal to the children that attends the school. The community dining room has been running for nine years and is operated by the mothers of the students of the school. Currently, this service benefits 585 students.

Volunteers will help in the kitchen, serve meals, cleaning off the tables, dish washing and cleaning.  All volunteers at soup kitchens make a difference in somebody's life. Volunteering in a soup kitchen is rewarding not only because you get to meet great people, but because you can see the satisfaction on people's faces when they take a bite out of a warm meal.

*Imp: The transportation in not included to the program. The transportation (round trip) cost is around US$1 by bus or US$14 by taxi can be divided between 2 - 3 volunteers (30 min ride approx 5 miles).
(***Arrival to Arequipa must be done between 7am and 7pm local time***)


  • Project length: From 1 weeks to 12 weeks
  • Project dates: Year round
  • Arrival airport: Arequipa (AQP)
  • Accommodation: Local host family
  • Requirements: Basic Spanish
  • Program donation: US$50 payable with the program fees.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airlines: Lan Peru, Taca (Avianca), Peruvian, LCPeru
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid


  • Program starts and ends in Arequipa.
  • Airport meet and greet in Arequipa. Next day city tour and orientation
  • Monday to Friday 20 hours per week in the dining children hall.
  • Weekends free to sightseeing and afternoons free to explore the city
  • Typical shift work hours are 9 am-1 pm
  • Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Peru. Visas and/or entry-exit fees. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

When can I travel?

Easy. Choose the dates that work best for you. Although some programs have date restrictions the majority of our volunteer programs are available year round. Volunteers select their own program start date and complete an online application. Once you have been accepted and dates approved, ABV will ask you to confirm your registration by paying a $120 included in the overall fee.

Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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