Adriana (Br) - Administration assistant
Oi! I’m Adriana from Brazil and I’m quite happy to be back at KISC as a long term and learn all about the centre. Despite feeling pretty cold most of the time I love the snowy sceneries around Kandersteg and I'm very excited to call this new and beautiful place my home.
alex (uk) - catering assistant
Grüß gott Mitenand! I’m Alex, one of the new Catering assistants, a Scout from sunny England. Before a brief stint at home, I was studying in Wales. Missing the mountains so much, I had to come back to KISC! I am lucky to be returning to work in such a special scouting environment, the melting-pot of so many different peoples and cultures. On my days off I like to spend my time exploring the mountains and cities of this beautiful country. See you soon!
andrew (UK) - catering assistant
Good day! My name is Andrew and I come from the fantastic County of Surrey in the United Kingdom! It's the home to Miranda, The Magna Carta and most of all Harry Potter! I first came to KISC in 2009 and whilst there I encountered some kind of force which made me want to come back. So I did! I was a Short Term Staff last summer and I encountered the same force that made me want to come back for longer! Maybe it's pixies or maybe it's just Living the Dream. The majority of the time you will find me in the kitchens but when not working I love to go hiking, running and climbing! But if you are really lucky you might run into one of my infamous tea parties, where you will be drinking English tea and eating Marmotte's wonderful cakes in the presence of the…. Queen! (Tea Towel..)
anna (fi) - campsite assistant
Moromoi! My name is Anna and I just started as the new Campsite Assistant here at KISC. It’s super exciting! In fact, most things here are super exciting and you are likely to find me being constantly amazed by things! I also love to laugh, drive the tractor and spend my free time in the beautiful mountains around Kandersteg.
aurélie (CH) - reception assistant
Hallo zämmä! My name is Aurélie and I am one of the swissies here at the Centre. I live in the Capital of Switzerland, Bern, but as I have dreamed of being a Pinkie for half of my life I am really happy to swap my charming little city named Bern with the wonderful mountains of Kandersteg. The time here in autumn as a shortie was definitely the best time I ever had and I fell in love with this place so much, that I now call it “home”. So, finally I’m back “home”, wearing pink every day, working in the Front Office as a reception assistant. It is amazing! 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. I am looking forward to the next few months.
camilla (DK) - spring 2014
Dav! My name is Camilla and I’m from Denmark. For me being a Scout is not just a hobby, it is a lifestyle. So to get the opportunity to be a shortie here at KISC was like a dream come true. I like Spring because you get a little bit of every thing when it comes to the weather – snow, sun, rain. This is my first time ever being at KISC, so one of the things I’m looking forward to is to meeting people from different countries and making friendships from all over the world.
cowie (au) - spring 2014
Hey! :) I'm COWIE from Australia. I am having a really great Spring season with all my pinkie friends from around the world. At the moment we are spending a lot of our time carefully cleaning the centre so it will be perfect for Summer. I really love the snow and going skiing or sledding on my days off. When the snow melts I am looking forward to doing lots of climbing and hiking.
Dave (CH) - Spring 2014
Salü! I'm Swiss Dave! I am always smiling because I love KISC so much! My first time here was during International Rover Week last year. I had such a great time that I decided to be a helper during the Winter and now I am back as a shortie this Spring. I love cleaning and cooking but I am very, very bad at folding clean washing! I can't wait to go climbing when the snow has melted enough. Bis bald!
Diogo (PT) – campsite manager
Olá pessoal! There’s a new Sheriff in town to rule the Campsite! After an awesome summer last year of course I came back for more! Why? Let me introduce myself with just a few numbers: 56 campsites, 1500 campers, 600 huge toilet paper rolls (who knows how many kilometres it is?), 36 toilets, 35 showers, 80 sets of tables and benches, 1 tractor, 1 power washer, 6 tons of rubbish, much more than 6 tons of recycling, 6 radios, 12 post carts, 30 lockers with electricity, 1 campsite office, 10 campsite staff, 70 staff, 1 big team of Pinkies, 1 Diogo from Portugal. And that’s me!
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 my 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.
felipe (BR) - deputy director
Olá, My name is Felipe (aka FlipFlop) and I am the Deputy Director here at the World Scout Centre. I love this village and the mountains that surround it. KISC gives me the opportunity to meet Scouts from all over the world, and everyday I learn something new. On my days off you will find me skiing, climbing, mountain biking, slacklining or practicing some capoeira moves. Back in Brazil I was a leader at 1o Grupo Escoteiro São Paulo.
Ginger (CH) - The lone ranger
Meow! I am Ginger (CH) and here at the Centre I have many positions. I am the Campsite Cat during the Summer, I am The Crystal Cat during the Winter, and right now, during Spring, i like to think of myself as The Lone Ranger. The campsite is thawing out, and as this happens I will make my long migration from Hotel Crystal to the KISC Campsite. You can call this my "transition period", similar to what those tasty birds do every year, I have followed a similar migration pattern. Because, if you can't learn from your food, who can you learn from?
James (CH) - office manager
Sälüü, this is James from Switzerland. As one of the few Swiss guys I have to ensure our bookkeeping and HR goes well so we make sure that people get to live the dream. In my free time I love travelling through Switzerland and the World to meet friends and also to make new ones.
JANUS (DK) - MAINTENanCE MANAGER
Hej my name is Janus! I’m from Denmark, where it’s flat like a pancake, so living in the alps is for me a big dream come true. In my days off I like being in the mountains skiing, climbing and seeing the fantastic views the mountains have to offer if you put a bit of effort into it. Here at KISC I have the best job, working as the Maintenance Manager which means no day is the same and I get to work on the amazing new and old buildings the centre has.
jesper (SE) - spring 2014
Tjenare! Jesper from Sweden here! I have travelled down south to the warmth of the Swiss alps to spend an amazing Spring season. I enjoy the daily adventure here where you often try new things and on my days off I like taking hikes in the area around the centre.
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 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.
KATE (AU) - HOUSE ASSISTANT
Hey, how's it going? I'm Kate from Australia. I've decided to leave the sunny beaches of Queensland to travel the world! I was a Summer 2013 Shortie and I’ve returned to KISC as the new House Assistant. I am overly enthusiastic about tea, drawing and taking photos of farm animals!
katie (IE) - spring 2014
Hi! I'm Katie from Ireland! I have been whisked away from the roaming green hills of Ireland to the roaming green hills (with white on the top) of Switzerland! If you can't find me working in house doing the daily cleaning, you will probably find me being the token herbivore asking all of the carnivores if they would like some humous in the kitchen.
Laura (UK) - Reception Manager
Hi! I`m Laura from the UK and I am the Reception Manager here at KISC. When I am not working in the Front Office I like to go hiking or Skiing in the mountains or explore the rest of this region of Switzerland. I love living in the mountains, especially all the great Swiss chocolate!
Mark (dk) - spring 2014
Hej allesammen! I’m Mark from DenMARK! As a Short Term Pinkie here at KISC you will find me all around the centre, because as a Shortie we have a lots of different jobs to do. Some days you will find me in the kitchen trying not to cry over the onions I have to cut and other days in the cleaning department where I will try to get the House Manager to stop crying over my bad jokes! When I don’t have my pink t-shirt on, helping some where around the Centre (or trying to get a nap on the roof, but shhh..don’t tell anybody), I love to get out and enjoy the wonderful nature that we have surrounding us here at KISC, with all the lovely Pinkies. You wanna join me?
mel (AU) - shop manager
G’day! I’m Mel from Melbourne, Australia – the land down under. I’m the Shop Coordinator at KISC for the summer, which means lots of running around, managing stock and people. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with people from all over the world; learning about their culture and having fun. I’m also enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounds KISC – the mountains here actually look like mountains, unlike back at home!
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!
Myriam (CH) - General Director
Hejo! As the General Director, I am the one who takes overall responsibility for the day to day running of KISC. From the deepest of my heart I support the dream of international friendship, amongst all people visiting the Centre. Being from Switzerland, 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 preparing for 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 last Summer, and started retreating to my underground base beneath the coke machine again. But I need to move quickly now, I fear that the canine from Hotel Crystal, "Codename: Barry" 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.
PENNY (ZA) - HOUSE MANAGER
Hi, I am Penny from sunny South Africa. After enjoying the Spring and Summer last year here in Switzerland, I am back to KISC as the House Manager. Back home I enjoy going for walks, watching the sunset, going for game drives and spending time with my pets. I am looking forward to another summer in the alps and enjoying the Swiss scenery and especially their chocolate! As House Manager, I am here to make sure you have a pleasant stay and keep the buildings looking spick and span!
PETE (UK) - PROGRAMME ADMIN. ASSISTANT
Hello everyone, I’m Pete from the wild a un-mountainous expanses of hilly Bedfordshire, UK. Given the flatness of where I grew up, I am positively giddy with excitement to be living here in Kandersteg where I can climb, hike and scramble as much as I like. When I’m not out enjoying the alps, or photographing stuff, you’ll find me in Reception as the Programme Admin Assistant, replying to all the emails from guests, and working with all our activity suppliers in the neighbouring valleys. I can help guests sort out a fun and interesting week of activities here at KISC, be it hiking across a glacier or floating down a river. That means I know almost all there is about the activities to do around Kandersteg, so ask me anytime and I’ll find you something awesome to do!
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!
seÁn (IE) - PR & marketing assistant
Dia dhuit! I am Seán, from Dublin, Ireland! I am currently enjoying my first full Long Term Staff season here at KISC. I spent Summer 2013 as Short Term Staff working on the Campsite and loved every second of it, so not a lot could stop me for applying for this new role here as PR & Marketing Assistant. The job is new and challenging to me, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And similarly, I wouldn't trade anything right now for the life I have in the alps with all of the Pinkies! Come find me in the fish-tank and bring tea and craic!
sumin (kr) - Spring 2014
An-nyeong!! Hi everyone~ I am Sumin from Korea. I still cannot believe that I am in this perfectly lovely place KISC. I have an amazing time everyday and am also looking forward to experiencing everything. In this season I am lucky to experience Winter and Spring at the same time! I am working in nice sun, snow, wind, rain and so on. It's awesome!
TAD (US) - Eco Assistant
Howdy ya’ll! My name is Tad and I am from the United States of America. I have lived in many different states but I am proud to say I am from the 49th state of Alaska! When I’m not busy wrestling grizzly bears, catching salmon out of a river with my bare hands, or continuing to grow a magnificent beard, I am having fun in the outdoors. I worked many years for the Boy Scouts of America, across the country working in some beautiful wilderness areas. Now relocated to the Alps of Switzerland, I’m excited to be the ECO Assistant here at KISC. I’m keen to share my love of nature and outdoor activates to everyone I meet. If you see me around, don’t be afraid to ask me to be your hiking partner or to give you a rock climbing lesson or just say a simple “hello” in your native language.
TINA (de) - Catering Assistant
Hallihallo. I am Tina from Germany and I work as Catering Assistant here at KISC, where I really enjoy cooking and trying out new recipies from all over the world. I like to laugh a lot, so when you hear someone laughing very loud in kitchen it’s most likely me. In my spare time I like to go outside to explore the beautiful mountains. Right now at the end of winter, I like to go skiing and skitouring. As soon as the snow is melted I want to go on some hikes and also learn how to climb.
tommy (US) - Spring 2014
Heyoooo. I'm Tommy, the youngest person from the USA on staff. I do whatever work I need to do, and I am proud of that, as long as there is some music to do and a little dancing is allowed. I enjoy a lot of things, like quests, books, street dancing, martial arts, and having time to do more things. There seems to be a lack of that at KISC, though. Maybe when I go to college in my country in the fall I will find more of that. I wish you luck in life, and if you will wish me luck in finding the exclamation point on a German keyboard, that would be great.
Von Bon - Feline queen
Haloo, I am the new kitten in the Centre, I love attention, but to those who deny it to me, I will demand it from them. I am well aware of my irresistable charm and my beauty that makes me easy on everyone's eyes. I enjoy my meowing to everyone, so do not take it personal, it is either me trying to bond with a human, or my litter bin is full or in worst cases, I am starving! So far I have somehow stolen everyone’s attention from the Feline Overlord, Olave and directing it to myself and I think I might even start a page on Facebook.