Seoul Soup Kitchen

Come and join the Soup Kitchen program in Korea and help serve food to hundreds and thousands of people struggling to make it through everyday life.

World hunger is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. In recent years, the global pandemic of COVID-19 exacerbated this problem and Korea is no exception. The hunger problem hits hardest to the most vulnerable population of the society often making lives difficult for young children and senior citizens, and homeless people.


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Program Description

The soup kitchen is only three stations away from the guest house. It is in a dynamic and exciting district with lots of specialized markets always full of life.  

The local team is a non-profit organization called “Dail Community” that contributes and gives back to society in various different ways, one of which is the soup kitchen they are running.

Dail Community was established in 1998 starting a food sharing movement by providing instant noodles and rice to people in need, such as homeless people, drifters, and impoverished senior citizens. Starting with this act of kindness, the organization serves free food to the community, provides free education for the less fortunate children, and also contributes to providing medical care for the low-income families in Korea, and for some underdeveloped countries that suffer from the lack of medical technology, medicine, and professionals.

You will be part of the movement to eliminate hunger and share free meals to people in need. The soup kitchen typically feeds 800 to 1,000 people every day. Of course there’s a lot of work involved in this campaign both in front and behind the scene.

In addition, you will be helping out from preparing the ingredients (washing, chopping, storing etc.), to help with actual cooking, and serving food or packing them into single portions on take-out trays, washing dishes, cleaning the tables and the kitchen. Whichever task you get to do it will undoubtedly be a greatly rewarding experience knowing you helped feed hundreds and thousands of people.

Meanwhile, remember that you are exploring places different from the corner of your home, thus, throughout your stay you are expected to adhere and follow all the stated rules and regulations set and to keep in mind the following considerations. This is for however implemented and advised for your utmost safety while staying with us. Notably, you are expected to adhere to the following:

Program Activities:

  • Work at the placement for a minimum of four hours a day.
  • Be on time and always come to the placement well prepared as you will have a long day of food preparation and other activities
  • Wear hairnets or caps in order to dislodge hair in place so it doesn’t fall into food or equipment.
  • Use aprons as it serves as a barrier against hot splashes, hot foods and other kitchen dangers.
  • Bring yourself towels.
  • Be extra careful in using cooking equipment and utensils, especially sharp things such as knives, etc.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water right before you begin any recipe in order.
  • Always be responsible and attentive while cooking and adhere to safety precautions and measures.
  • Be respectful of the local staff, the local people, fellow participants and to the community in general at all times.
  • Always bring Water bottled or containers.
  • Enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Aims & Objectives

  • Lend a helping hand in the soup kitchen.
  • Contribute to UN’s 17 sustainable development goals – #2 Zero Hunger.
  • Learn about Korea and interact with the local community.
  • Give you practical experience in the kitchen and an insight into food preparation.

Add-on: +Learning

  • There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.



  • Orientation,  Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice, handling of documents & Signing up of relevant documents and South Korea Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Codes and basic Culture Lessons
  • Seoul City tour

Tuesday to Friday

  • Assist at the Soup Kitchen

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of cooking, preparing food and other activities, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

  • Comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes so you can move easily and comfortably.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during your placement activities.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during the placement.
  • We recommend everyone to bring a functioning smartphone to use the map and taxi apps etc. and to use in your free time

Dress Code:

  • Personal AppearanceYou may wish to bring a range of options from casual to business casual, similar to what you might wear at home. There is no strict restriction on the clothes you choose to wear in your free time, but please make sure you pack work clothes for the following placement.
  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting Royal Palace and Temples in your free time.