Helpers, confetti and special people
It happens to all of us where we have ups and downs: lots of guests, and not so many guests, lots of snow, and then not so much snow.... Here at KISC we're enjoying a small break between high points, a trough between busy weeks and an unusually high jump in the amount of snow.
The usual work routine of the Centre was accompanied by lots of preparation for the upcoming and very busy Ski Week 8 and for the other events ahead of us. We've had lots of office work to make sure everything was in place and all the groups would have ski and activity guides, lots of rooms preparation and rearrangement of our dining hall to accommodate more guests for meals.
We've also had lots of work organizing the rental equipment, ski passes and activities and welcoming a little fleet of Helpers who flew to Switzerland from the different corners of the world (Netherlands, UK, Canada, Finland and Denmark) to give a hand with Programme, Catering and House.
As well as a very interesting week for work last week we also had unusually cold weather in Kandersteg and lots of fresh powder all around - perfect for all the skiers arriving in a few days.
Our Staff Team as you can imagine had quite a lot to do, but also some good moments to turn the routine into great fun! Some of the Pinkies planned a mini-escape out of the valley to join the Carnavale celebrations in Walenstadt , a city further north in Switzerland while others were scheduled to act for the Staff promo video which is currently being produced. So while some where getting covered in confetti and afterwards struggled to take off the face paint part of their parrot costumes, other were filming the same scene for the video quite a few times and some others enjoyed some evening baking, resting and watching couple of movie, just a little bit of relaxation.
In such an harmonious atmosphere, like a cherry on top, the Centre welcomed some very special people. First it was Mr. Neville Tomkins from Australia, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia - ACT Branch and incoming International Commissioner.
He was here at KISC for a couple of day to visit the Centre and to discover how the Centre is operated, how we attract, recruit and manage staff and to discuss the decoration proposal for the Australian Room which will be renovated in autumn 2010.
On February 14th (Valentine's Day) it was the turn of the Bassiner Family, formed by Monique, Damien and nine months old Annika, also from Australia. Monique and Damien are ex-Staff from Summer 2006, they are now married and with a baby, little Annika and decided to come back here at KISC to work for a few months.
Everybody is very happy to have them here and catch up with them after their long break from the Centre but above everything else, Annika, our youngest "member" of the Pinkie Team is the new favourite entertainment at meal times for all the Staff.
The mighty week 8 has just kicked off, but that is another story for another time. If you don't think you can make it until the next latest news edition then come and visit us.
Come and live the dream!
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)16.02.2010
PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT