Last week was one of the four rather unpleasant weeks of the KISC year where we have to say our goodbyes to the Short Term Staff of another season; while some of them are still staying as helpers for one more week, most of the Summer Staff have now left us and are currently on their way home or have already arrived there. Furthermore, last week it was also time to say "see you" to Tom (IE), our Programme Director, Dato (GE) our House Assistant, Laura (UK), our Eco Adventure Assistant, Janny (HK), our Catering Assistant and Lara (US), our International Friendship Assistant. Thanks for all the work you have for the Centre in the past months / years and good luck with all of your future projects! We'll meet again at KISC at some point.
But Summer closed with one last big bang: Staff Day Out. The organizers had planned a day on top of Jungfraujoch (3'454 m), the highest point in Europe that can be reached by train. Although it was colder in than many STS had it expected to be in this altitude, the Staff Team agreed that it was a nice day, rounded off perfectly by a delicious Mongolian barbecue in the evening.
Even though we are sad about the departure of the Summer STS, at the same time everyone is also very excited for a new season to begin. On Sunday, September 11th we welcomed the 8 new Autumn Short Term Staff from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea, the UK and the USA. A very international team with members from all the corners of the world! After Sunday's traditional introductory evening with ice breakers, flag break, raclette dinner and get together, training for the future Pinkies has begun. Exciting weeks are ahead of them!
Even the weather gods seemed impatient for the Autumn season to begin at KISC as they greeted all of the new Staff with autumnal weather. While it was bright, hot and sunny without any signs of clouds outside during the entire day, as soon as the official evening programme started, clouds started to blot out the sun and some time later a furious thunderstorm with several lightning bolts hitting the peak of Bire was sweeping over the Kander valley - just stopping a few moments before the flag break.
One of the biggest projects that will await the new "Shorties" this Autumn, is the renovation of the Irish room that has alreay started in the last weeks of Summer. By now, the room has already be changed beyond recognition: All the furniture have been taken out and the room itself has also been torn apart. Where there were once nice wooden walls, the barren isolation lies now open, the floor is completely gone and gives view to wooden beams and the ceilings of the Hellenic and the Polish rooms below, and the entrance area with the door and the walls has completely vanished as well. Even now, during training, Michael (DE) - Maintenance Assistant - is working on the renovation to finish as soon as possible, the new Autumn Staff will most certainly be welcome helping hands to him. We'll keep you updated in the future on how the renovation is going along and the progress made!
In anticipation for all that is going to happen in the next 3 months,
Pol Felten (LU)12.09.2011
PR & Marketing Assistant