The Global Youth Village, a residential, international leadership camp in Virginia’s Blue Ridge foothills, is seeking seasonal food service staff for our whole foods, vegetarian kitchen.  (The Global Youth Village is a project of Legacy International.)

Every summer since 1979, a dynamic environment is created that emphasizes experiential learning and challenges young people to turn cross-cultural theory into practical action. This year 75+ youths (ages 14-18) and staff from around the world will participate. 2017 highlights include teens from Egypt. Workshops address issues concerning young people today, such as regional conflicts, distribution of world resources, prejudice, environmental concerns and other social pressures. Cultural programming and cooperative living help participants learn to respect differences and discover similarities that transcend cultural, religious, and political barriers.

Home-style meals with international flares are a key part of creating the international atmosphere at GYV.  Food is not only viewed as a source of physical nourishment, but as a means of expressing culture. Legacy’s vegetarian kitchen serves three meals daily to approximately 80 people, using mostly unprocessed vegetables and fruits, and whole grains, accented by fresh herbs from our organic gardens. International entrees are prepared from countries such as Greece, the Middle East, India, Indonesia, and Africa.

Job Description (Chef)
The Village is seeking an experienced chef who is inspired by the goals and philosophy of Legacy International & GYV.  This person manages overall meal production during one shift, preparing balanced meals that appeal to (while also “stretching”) the teenage palate!

Dates:  June 23 through Aug. 10, 2017 (Dates include staff orientation and wrap-up.)

Qualifications (Chef):

  • Experience as a chef, sous chef, cook or assistant cook in a professional setting
  • Experience in vegetarian cooking preferred
  • Ability to work well with others in a close team work setting
  • Ability to delegate and train less experienced staff
  • Ability to prepare foods for special needs groups (vegans, people with food allergies, diabetes, etc.) as needed
  • Knowledge of health and safety standards of food preparation and serving, kitchen and sanitation procedures
  • Some previous supervisory experience (preferably in food service field)
  • Desire and ability to work in a rural, camp setting. (Yes, there is internet, running hot water and a solid roof over your head!)

TERMS:  Housing, meals and modest salary – Salaries begin at $325/week for experienced  applicants (negotiable).

Also hiring:  Sous Chef / Assistant Chefs, Prep Cooks / Kitchen Assistants, Dining Hall Manager  (http://www.globalyouthvillage.org/work-with-us/positions/)

Apply:  http://www.globalyouthvillage.org/work-with-us/staff-application/

Please visit our web site to read more and see if GYV is the right place for you to lend your talents and inspiration this summer!    An application is required – http://www.globalyouthvillage.org/work-with-us/staff-application/

We welcome questions prior to diving into the application process. Contact Leila Baz, HR Coordinator, staff@legacyintl.org

Best to apply by March or April!  Most positions fill by May.

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About Legacy International

Since 1979 Legacy has strengthened civil society and fostered a culture of participation worldwide by training and mentoring community leaders, youth, professionals, and governmental and non-governmental administrators in over 110 countries on five continents.

Dialogue training helps participants shift perceptions and learn to better articulate their perspectives.
Legacy works effectively with multi-cultural groups,  professionals from various sectors, and people from areas of inter-ethnic and inter-religious turmoil.   Our breadth of experience has given us a strong understanding of social, cultural, and religious differences, and the ability to adapt program models to various cultural contexts.

Our in-depth experience spans communities around the globe, including work with Israelis, Palestinians; Northern Irish Protestants and Catholics; Lebanese Christians and Muslims; representatives from various Nigerian tribes; as well as people displaced from ancestral homes—Cambodians, Vietnamese, Indian and Pakistani Muslims and Hindus; and Croats, Muslims and Serbs from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Signature Methods
Developed over thirty years, our successful programs provide civic education, capacity building, peacebuilding, and leadership development to communities around the world. In each of our programs we do the following things:

  • create a “learning community” among participants
  • build common ground based on universally-accepted value
  • frame training around best-of-class models
  • provide perspectives and resources from teams of expert
  • offer small grants and mentoring to support the application of new skills