Overland Cook, South Africa

Requisition ID:  2259
Department:  Tourism and Hospitality
Work Type:  On the road
Application Close Date:  19th April 2024

Intrepid Travel was born in 1989 with the simple mission to create positive change through the joy of travel.

More than 34 years later, we’re proud to be a certified B Corp with more than 1000 small group trips in over 120 countries. After all these years, we’ve stayed true to our mission, ensuring our adventures are good for the places we go, good for the communities we visit and good for our travellers. That’s why we carbon offset all our trips and support local communities but we’re not stopping there. We want to be the best travel company not just in the world, but for the world.

The world needs more Intrepid people: 


In South Africa, tours are delivered by Independent Freelance Group Leaders, and as a Cook with Intrepid you will partner with them to ensure that our customers are taken care of while travelling with Intrepid.  


You will take ownership of all hot meals, food preparation, and portions to ensure that our travellers are provided with delicious meals that will take their experience with Intrepid to the next level! Your main responsibilities will be the preparing and portioning of a variety of meals, budget, and menu planning, hygiene and cleanliness, managing equipment and camping materials as well as ensuring dietary requirements are always met and working to ensure every guest is left with a positive experience.  


With Intrepid you will be ensuring that the work you do has meaning, as Intrepid focuses on giving back and investing in your local community, which is why use local cooks, leaders, local operators and ensure we give back into the destination at every opportunity.  


To be successful as a Cook with Intrepid you will require:  


  • Police Clearance  

  • Valid passport for six months  

  • Chef Certification (not essential but preferred)  

  • Ability to conduct customer needs assessment to fulfil dietary requirements  

  • Well versed in preparing, seasoning and cooking a variety of food   

  • Highly experienced in following sanitation guidelines for food preparation  

  • Exceptional understanding of performing quality inspections to ensure that the quality of food is good   

  • Be able to reach, bend, stoop and frequently lift up to 40 pounds & work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 9 hours).  

  • Be willing to follow directions and ask questions for clarification if needed  


You will have an amazing attitude and be able to communicate clearly with our customers, managers, and team members, be able to read and follow recipes without supervision and most importantly be commitment to Intrepid’s responsible travel philosophy and share in our core values of integrity, innovation, fun, passion, growth, and responsibility.  


What it’s like to be a Cook with Intrepid:  


We know everyone’s journey is different, we support an inclusive culture where our people, travelers, and partners can truly be themselves. We believe our team must reflect the diversity of our customers and the communities we visit, and we’re committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.  


A bit about our people:

Our team reflects the diversity of our customers and the communities we visit. Our team is made up of 58 nationalities across 46 countries, and Intrepid recognises that diversity makes us a stronger business. With a commitment to breaking down barriers, we support a culture where people can be themselves. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, including First Nations People, LGBTQI+ people, people living with a disability, people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, and people from different ethnicities, races, and religions. 

Work perks:

  • Departures through the year of diverse itineraries to lead, including a hike, bike, and kayak adventure, festival trips, family tours, and foodie experiences 
  • Travel to and from the trip is included 
  • Some meals included, and generally your accommodation will be where the guests are staying (such as hotels, camping, homestays, cabins etc)
  • Access to e-learning platforms, and comprehensive tour leader training before you even start 
  • Internal career opportunities 
  • Travel discounts for you to experience Intrepid as a passenger 
  • Recognition and celebration with awards nights 
  • Opportunity support not-for-profit Intrepid Foundations projects  

If you’re here to inspire, create, share and lead in what you do, we want to hear from you. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible – we may close advertising early if the right person is identified.