Food for the Homeless Sydney, Australia

Join in a worthwhile effort to provide food for homeless people, while supporting and inspiring them. This program is aimed to support homeless people in Sydney by providing them with nutritional food with the help of local donations. You will be helping a cause by assisting us in our endeavor to provide them with the basic need for food and nutrition. This program is best suited for you if you have the ability to feel a genuine need to support these people with kindness.

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Program Description

Homeless people in Sydney? Yes, there are hundreds of homeless people in Sydney and the number seems to increase every year. These people living below the poverty line have various health problems and disabilities. They need short-term support to get back on their feet. Mostly they are Australians, Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others.

In this program, you will actively engage in the local community development by working with our local team and various food banks in Sydney. You will assist us to provide food for over 100 homeless people while encouraging them and bringing hope to their lives.

During the week you will visit food banks in the area to negotiate and get excess food items and donations. With the collected food items, you will prepare food for the homeless people. Once the food is prepared you will have the opportunity to distribute the food to the people in need. You will also get to talk to them, encourage them and inspire them to achieve something more in life.

Our project aims at providing, haircuts, shower facilities as well as part-time job opportunities for a few of them in the future.

 

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Support of in-country practitioner supervisor / coordinator
  • Support of a team (normally 4 to 8 volunteers per intake)
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • 1 day induction & cultural orientation
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Guest House (Single gender shared rooms)
  • 3 quality meals per day (We cater to healthy diets!)
  • Project equipment and materials (eg. safety lancets, gloves, blood testing kits, pamphlets)
  • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
  • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

 

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Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):2

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to provide food for the homeless people in Sydney who are unable to earn a living and encourage and support them till they can stand on their feet.

Schedule

Monday

On Monday morning, you will receive an orientation session on the project and your tasks and activities throughout the week. After lunch, you will start preparing food for the homeless at our center. In the evening, you will leave the center with the dinner you have prepared and packed for yourselves. At our project site in Sydney, you will serve the food to the homeless people. After serving the food you will return to the center.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, you will visit Walkabout Wildlife Park in the morning, where you will have time to explore the unique flora and fauna of Australia. After the visit, you will come back to the center for lunch. After lunch, you will start preparing and packing food for the evening food distribution for the homeless. Then you will leave for the project site and serve the food.

Wednesday

Today is for you to join a local group who cooks and serves food for the homeless. You will work with the local team in the food camp in preparing the food, packing and serving alongside the local participants.

Thursday

In the morning on Thursday, you will prepare the food and pack them. In the evening, you will distribute them to homeless people. You will have time to interact with them and share experiences with each other.

Friday

On Friday you will visit food banks to get ingredients and food packing materials for the next week. After lunch, you will have free time to explore the city on your own.

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 should have parental consent and participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program.

Location

Sydney is Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most livable and beautiful cities. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney also has some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches like Coogee and Bondi Beach, beautiful coastline scenery and easy access to the Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest national park. Beyond the beautiful coastline Sydney’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of Australia’s most iconic structures.

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, 25 km from the Sydney central business district (25 to 30 minutes drive). You will be staying in the residential area where you can easily reach all the services and facilities such as supermarkets, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. There are many tourist destinations which can be reached within a 25 – 45 mins drive from the House Center. Among them there are white sandy beaches where you can spend your free time, such as Bondi beach, Manly beach, Coogee beach and places of interest such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling harbour and many more.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

Your Center is located in Beecroft, Greater Sydney, where you will be staying in a comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The center has a well equipped kitchen which you can use to store your food and make your own meals as per your wishes. And there is also cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.

Available Room Types

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

4

Wifi in public areas

Yes

Laundry facilities

Yes ***

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

Yes

Private bathroom

Yes

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

Mosquito protection

No

* Three meals during weekdays and no meals on the weekends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner has to be prepared by yourself, with the grocery provided.
** Water, Coffee, Tea
*** At an additional fee

Food Arrangements

Get excited and roll up your sleeves to prepare a large varieties of meals and bring out that little masterchef inside you. You will be provided with enough staple food ingredients. Prepare different menus of breakfast, lunch and dinner by yourself and share with the other participants. The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and  6 pm to 8 pm for dinner.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish to stay at the center during the weekends. Furthermore, you are welcome to use the refrigerator to store your personal food and beverages.

Facilities

Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available within 15 mins walk.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • Welcome, introduction to Australia, House rules, Code of Conduct and handling of documents
  • Introduction to the project
  • Visit the project

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include heritage sites, beaches, city centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows,

  • Town Hall
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • The Strand Arcade
  • Hyde Park
  • Anzac War Memorial
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Australia Museum
  • Library of NSW
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Old Hospital
  • Ferry to Darling Harbour
  • The Mint
  • The Rock
  • Bondi Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Manly Beach
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