Volunteer cook for International Ingredients


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Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:00 AM - Sat Apr 21, 2018 02:30 PM


891 Amsterdam AvenueNew YorkNew York, NY 10025
Richard Morris Hunt was the architect of our building. The front facade of the Metropolitan Museum and the pedestal that the Statue of the Liberty stands on are two other structures that Richard Morris Hunt designed.


We are looking for volunteers who grew up eating ackee and salt fish or bacalao and still prepare these dishes. International Ingredients is a critical thinking cooking program that explores the history of a dish while you and participants prepare the dish! HI New York is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to youth traveling as a means to create a more respectful and empathetic world by inspiring a deeper understanding of people, places and cultures. With this program your plate with be your passport!

During this program we will discuss how salted fish dishes became popular in various countries around the world and what it says about the cultures that consume them. We will also discuss how a particular culture’s food relates to religion, socioeconomic class, environment, colonial history.

Volunteers will have to discuss how their culture as it relates to ackee and salt fish or bacalao and give a brief presentation to participates (there will be up to 10 participants in the class).

The International Ingredients program is great for participants who would like to learn how to prepare different types of cuisine from around the world using the same main ingredient and if you are a curious about the story behind salted cod and it’s popularity in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This course will explore salted cod dishes popularity in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mozambique, and Jamaica. Participants will prepare Ackee and SaltFish and Bacalao in a style based on the cultures of you, the volunteers.

Note: Peanuts and Almonds will be present in some of the cooking classes

Volunteers will:

  • Read provided informational material on kitchen health and safety prior to attended the program.
  • Prepare a 5 minute presentation of their culture as it relates to the dish with Education Coordinator.
  • Go shopping with the Education Coordinator the week of the event for the ingredients needed for the dish (paid for my HI NYC).
  • Commit to participating in the program for the allotted time of 10:00am- 2:30pm on January 13th.
  • Receive volunteer hours that can be applied towards free hostel stays anywhere in our network of over 50 hostels in the USA
  • Be open to eating the food that is prepared in the kitchen by themselves and other participants.


  • Cooking / Catering

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 7 hours

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