Essex Kitchen Dream

29 April 2015

Do you dream of becoming a chef? Can you tell when an egg is hardboiled, when pasta is “al dente” and potatoes need to leave the oven?

If you love making food, if you need some more work experience before jumping into a “delicious” career, if you like working with young people and fancy to spend a week or more in a great summer camp in Colchester… keep reading. We can make your wishes come true.

Calling for volunteer cooks

As a volunteer, you will prepare yummy meals, using fresh ingredients to a set menu, for the young guests of the Cherry Tree army camp (11 to 19 year old.)

Besides cooking, you will also support the staff to manage and engage in activities groups of up to 15 young guests.

The camp is an initiative of Essex Boys and Girls Club in collaboration with the National Citizen Service project.

Perks of the role include free board, £50 expense per week, beautiful landscapes and outdoor activities you will enjoy during your spare time.

In exchange, you will:

  • Be available to work one week or more between the 29th of June and the 14th of August
  • Be willing to work on a fixed shift from Monday afternoon to Friday afternoon
  • Use your skills, creativity and initiative to help us provide a fantastic summer camp experience and excellent catering to our young guests (fear not the washing up, they will manage it themselves by taking turns)

How it feels 

Having volunteered a lot with Essex Boys and Girls Club and on the National Citizen Service project, their staff really look after you and make you feel like part of a family. Volunteering on the NCS project is a great way to spend your summer, having fun, meeting new people, making new friends and stepping out your comfort zone.

(Lucy Boatman, NCS assistant leader 2014).

Get work experience and make the most of your summer

Kayaking, playing laser tags, climbing trees, plunging your feet in the ocean, visiting ancient local villages and walking through the woods. These are just some of the activities you will enjoy while volunteering at the EBAGC summer camp.

If you are interested and wish to request more information, email the Chelmsford Volunteer Centre at


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