Alexandros (GR) - Operational Director
Gia Hara! I am Alexandros from Greece and I feel happy and lucky to have the opportunity to work here at KISC, together with the rest of the Staff from around the world! You should also come and live the Dream together with us!
Andrew (UK) - Autumn 2013
I am Andy and Im from the wet country we call England. Coming to KISC as a pinkie has been a dream of mine ever since I came here in the summer of 2008. I have to say that these past two weeks have more than exceeded my expectations and has been an outstanding experience.I am already considering coming back either as high season staff or long term staff. This has been my first experience of living away from home and in preparation for this I made myself some goals. One was to make lots of new friends (done!), hike a lot (not quite yet) and have an awesome time (every minute!). If I was to give you one piece of advice that I have learned so far it would be to apply to be short term staff. No matter what season you will have a great time.
Be awesome people!Peace out!
Arieel (nl) - Autumn 2013
Hallo, I am Ari from Holland. North-Holland to be exact, which is a province in a country we call the Netherlands. You might think it is a small country, but it is not even in the top three smallest countries that the current eight Short Term Staffmembers come from. The international Scouting atmosphere in KISC is great and I enjoy working in the Alps every single day. Being surrounded by mountains was a bit scary at first since my own country is quite flat but the views are great and even better once you have reached the top. Coming to KISC as a Pinky was the best decision of my life. I am having a great time here while making new friends from across the globe. The amazing atmosphere at KISC is hard to describe, the best way is to come here and experience it yourself!
aurélie (CH) -Autumn 2013
Hallo zämmä my name is Aurélie. As I am from Switzerland I am definitely the autumn shortie with the shortest way home. I live in the Capital of Switzerland, Bern, but as I have dreamed of being a Pinkie for the last seven years I am really happy to have the opportunity to swap my charming little city named Bern with the wonderful mountains of Kandersteg. Waking up in the middle of the alps, knowing that I am going to work with people from all over the world makes me smile every day. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of this very special and unique place named KISC and life here is definitely better than I could have ever imagined.
Caoimhe (IE) - House Manager
Dia Duit, I'm Caoimhe (pronounced KEEVA) from Dublin, Ireland. Despite being Irish, I actually do eat more than just potatoes and would gladly live on chocolate if I could !! I love to read, hike and especially sing and you can often find me singing to myself. I am delighted to be a Pinkie and I know that I am going to have an amazing experience here at KISC.
ChristinA (TW) - Autumn 2013
Hello I’m Hung-Ting (Christina) from the island called “Formosa” in Asia! Also, it is named Taiwan! In fact, I am the “urban kids” who never lived in the countryside with the view of green field, sheep or cow! Yet, the Alps and the River Kander wake me up every morning here in KISC!
It is long journey from Taiwan to Switzerland! But it is a “Start” for my new Scout life stage- shortie! Work hard and play hard with Scouts from different countries. It is difficult to use a word to describe my life here in KISC! The best way to know the life here will be coming here and you will know it!
DRIES (NL) - GROUNDS MANAGER
Hoi! I am Dries from the most northern part of Belgium, a region also known as “The Netherlands.” My usual facial expression is one of disbelief and scepticism, but that’s only to cover up his terrible naivety. After dubbing my bedroom the “Royal suite” as a Shortie, I fantasised myself the King of KISC. That was of course a joke, but I have returned to rule the realm of Grounds with an iron fist. And pink briefs.
libby (UK) - AUTUMN 2013
Helo Libby ydw I a Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod .... I am Libby by the way, thought you would not be able to understand that, because I am from a miniature country called Wales, look it up. Dare you! I am currently an Autumn shortie at KISC both in the job description and in the height, and loving it. It is a great feeling waking up to slightly bigger hills than I am used to every morning, having a cuddle off new friends that already feel like family and just enjoying the general 'KISCiness'.
Ginger (CH) - The Cat in Olave's Shadow
Meow, I'm Ginger the other cat at KISC. Again I was forced to appear in this current Staff list even though I don't really consider myself a member of Staff and don't interact with anyone at the Centre. I already don't like Summer with all those Scouts chasing me away from my homely campsite, but in Winter it's even worse as there's millions of cross country skiers dashing past me, almost constantly hitting my frozen paws. Really, Winter's not my season! I guess the only good thing about it is that I don't have to see Olave around at all! That lazy, fat (even though Jack keeps claiming she's not obese at all) house cat prefers to stay inside the warmth of the chalet, turning her even more delusional about first ruling the Centre and then taking over the world. She's a cat, why doesn't she see that? We are here on this round sphere in the middle of the vast nothingness that is space to pur, being fed cat treats and receiving the occasional stroke over our backs by a human hand. In fact, we should not even be able to write descriptions about ourselves on a World Scout Centre's website. Is this even me? How am I supposed to type anyways with clumsy paws on a keyboard with small white lettercaps. Wake up, people. Wake up!
JACK (UK) - campsite manager (Until mid october 2013)
Hi, I’m Jack and I’m originally from London, UK, however there are not nearly enough mountains in London for my liking. I love being outside, especially when the sun is shining! Which is why after 2 years as the Reception Manager I am now making the switch to the campsite. I’m hoping for a lovely sunny spring, where I can squeeze in lots hiking ski touring and climbing. I will be found in the mountains or on my sunny balcony on any day off, and can be found sat on the bench in front of the Chalet chatting to Olave or reading a book during lunch breaks. At work you’ll often find me hanging out around the coffee machine, especially if there’s cake! I’m really excited to get started on the campsite and get into some “dirty pinks” rather than office ones.
JON (UK) - Programme Director
Hi, I’m Jon from the UK and I am KISC's Programme Director. When I’m not working you can usually find me out in the mountains testing activities for our guests. I like any sports that involve wearing helmets. Cakes are another passion, and I’m working my way through the selection at the local bakery.
Karin (CH) - Catering Supervisor
Hi guys, I'm Karin from Switzerland, the new Catering Supervisor at KISC. Being from Switzerland, my specialties in Catering are Raclette and Chees Fondue - you should try them whenever you get the chance! Normally I'm busy sitting in my office, sorting out orders for the coming days and establishing a catering plan, but my secret passion is to rearrange crates downstairs in the dry store.
Laura (UK) - Reception Manager
Hi! I`m Laura from the UK and I am the incoming Reception Manager. When I am not working at KISC I like to go hiking in the mountains or explore the rest of this region of Switzerland. I love living in the mountains, especially all the great swiss chocolate!
Lieveke (NL) - Programme Admin Assistant
Hi! Lieveke's the name and the Netherland's the game! I am the Programme Admin Assistant at KISC. Now that I handed in my master thesis in archaeology I could return to Switzerland, looking for long lost temple ruins. It was only after a couple of months that someone told me that Switzerland and temples don't really work well together, mainly because no ancient civilisation ever dwelled in these areas. Disappointed I turned towards KISC where I got this job of looking for long lost treasures between old badges and incorrectly filed vouchers.
manuel (ES) - AUTUMN 2013
My name is Manuel but they all call me Armenta, my surname. I am from Seville, awesome city in the south of Spain and I am of the “Lucus-Solis394” Scout group. I have taken part in three editions of the Spanish Work Party and now I am an STS in the most beautiful place of the world, KISC. In my free time, I like climbing and hiking and to stay in Kandersteg is an only opportunity for to do this, and of course also learn English. I am very happy and I hope to enjoy a lot.
mette (DK)- CATERING ASSISTANT
Hej allesammen. I'm Mette from Denmark, the land where the people are taller than the mountains. At least some of us. This also means that even though I'm scandinavian, I was not born on a pair of skis to the general surprise of my fellow pinkies, Instead I'm determined to learn it. I like to go hiking on my free days with my beloved giant camerabag. I first experienced KISC as a guest with my Scout group and was determined to return. It did take me 8 years, I came in as a Shortie in Spring and now being back is even better. And that's just the beginning!
MIGUE (ES) - GROUNDS & MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT
Hello !!! My name is Miguel Angel from Spain. I am passionate about cars and everything related with them. I love to spend my days with friends at swimming pool, going for parties and the cinema. I really love expeditions with my friends for about 6 days by ourselves without external support, we carry food, gas, stoves, tents... lost in the mountains !!!
Michael (DE) - Maintenance Manager
Most of the time you can find me around the Chalet fixing something, changing light bulbs! during my free time,I spend my time with cuddling Ginger and I also enjoy watching the simpsons. I am not really a fun of cold seasons especially when it snows and when it comes to snow clearing, I try to invent more joyful ways of clearing the snow and ice. I can tell you licking it away doesn’t work…!!!
Myriam (CH) - General Director
Hejo! As the General Director, I am the one who takes overall responsibility for the whole KISC businesses. From the deepest of my heart I support the dream of international friendship, among all people being present at the Centre. Originally Swiss I have some language capabilities that are quite useful here: I speak Swiss German, French and English and understand Italian and a few words of Russian. If I’m not working I love hiking and knitting, both whilst singing.
Olave (CH) - Secret Centre Overlord
Hi fans, it's me Olave, Secret Centre Overlord of KISC and cutest cat around, loved by few, adored by many. Yet again, I hacked myself into the KISC computer systems to create my own entry on their website. This all as part of honing my cyber warfare skills to take my world domination plans to the 21st century! Puny humans! I also use this opportunity to revoke all previous current Staff descriptions about me: I suspect the PR & Marketing Assistant to have hi-jacked my account to write in my name. So just for the record, I haven't turned to poetry and my lust for power is as unsatisfied as ever. The past few months, while the Centre humans were busy with cleaning up after Summer, I built a submarine fleet in Oeschinensee, ready to strike at any time and occupy all positions at KISC with fellow felines (excluding Ginger!). As a first symbol of my wrath I destroyed the cardboard tank, the silly Reception Manager built for me over Summer, and started retreating to my underground base beneath the coke machine again. But I need to move quickly now, I fear that canine puppy is onto my plans and previous efforts to silence him haven't worked. So long, humans!
PAUL (UK) - assistant programme director
Hello I'm Paul from the UK. Out here in Kandersteg you will usually find me running some in programme activities, but in my free time I like to race avalanches down the mountains and swim up the River Kander catching fish in my mouth as I go.
Ronald (ug) - Autumn 2013
Hey every body out there! this is Ronald Mulumba from Uganda.I am happy to be a Short Term Staff member, her in KISC! Actually, coming to KISC has been my dream for about 2 years, this is after hearing the kind of life in this place from one of my Scout friends in Uganda, but thank God it was fulfilled in this season of Autumn 2013. I am happy to live the dream, that gives me so much joy. I enjoy hiking and I cannot wait to travel around Switzerland.
Salla (FI) Guest Services Director
Moi! I’m Salla from Finland, the land of eternal cold and darkness. It’s my third time in KISC as staff; first in 2010 Summer as a Short Term Staff, then in 2011 as a Campsite Manager and now as Guest Services Director. When I’m not busy, I’m most likely making funny noises, watching children’s movies or watering my plants with coffee. Hope to see you soon!
Susan (KE) Public Relations and Marketing Assistant
Jambo! My name is Susan, am from Kenya making me the only one with the furthest distance from home. I like it here as I am learning many new things as well as adopting new hobbies like skating with the principle; ‘nothing is impossible’. I love reading and taking long walks. I love my coke zero and white chocolate. I am glad to be here and happy to live ‘the Dream’!
Tessy (LU) - AUTUMN 2013
I am Tessy from the small country Luxembourg. Yes, Luxembourg is a country, has its own language and even two flags that can be used to represent the country.
I love travelling and making new experiences all around the globe! In my free time I love dancing and playing music. I am looking forward to try new, crazy things out here at KISC and secretly hoping the snow will fall soon so that I can go skiing or snowboarding on my days off! I am happy to be a member of the pink family and excited about what will happen during these three months I will spend here!
TINA (de) - Catering Assistant
Hallihallo. I am Tina from Bavaria, Germany, you must have probably heard of a lot of things from my town, like the famous Bavarian salad. I am one of the Catering Assistants here at KISC, I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipies. In my spare time I like to go outside to explore the beautiful mountains. Right now in winter, I like to go skiing and my goal for this season is to learn how to skitour and to do some nice tours.
Vanya (BG) - Admin Assistant
Hi, I am Vanya form Bulgaria! I like reading, dancing with friends and cuddling my lovely cat Frederik. When I'm not cuddling Frederik, I'm in the Admin Office coming up with new creative way to count bills and file them according to the whiteness of the paper they are printed on. Recently, I have picked up learning German and hope to bring like this a bit of German order and correctness to KISC Administration! Jawohl!