Andrew (AU), Winter 2008
G'day, I'm Andrew from Melbourne, Australia. I'm working here at KISC during Winter 2008. I spend most of my time here trying to decipher Swiss German and enjoying all the snow.
When I'm not running around the Centre working you'll see me on the ski slopes.
Anna (FI), Guest Services Director
I am Anna from Finland. I enjoy pretty much anything outdoors; hiking, climbing, skiing, sailing, kayaking... you name it!
Most of the time you will see me either behind my desk or running around making sure guests are happy and enjoying their stay. That's my job :)
I also manage the Short Term Staff and ensure that they have the best 3 month possible when they come to KISC as a volunteer.
Anna (FI), Winter 2008
Anneloes (NL), Winter 2008
My name is Anneloes and I'm from the Netherlands. I decided that I wanted to spend my winter in the snow. Well, is there any place better than an International Scout Centre in the Swiss Alps?
It's going to be a busy winter and I'm looking forward to it! Besides working in the Centre, I hope to be outside as much as I can.
Beat (CH), Personal Assistant
My name is Beat and live in a little village near Bern. I will work for one year here, as part of my practical working year (KV Practicum), in KISC as a Personal Assistant.
I love scouting and hiking. In my free time I also play LARP (Live Action Role Playing) which is like a middle age Scout camp.
Beau (US), Caterer
I am the Caterer here at Kandersteg International Scout Centre.
Together with James and Eliane we form the Catering team, making sure that every meal is healthy, balanced and tastes great.
And remember, never trust a skinny cook!
Carol (BR), Winter 2008
I'm Carol from Brazil! After staying here for three days as a guest in summer, I'm ready to spend three months working hard and having fun! I'm enjoying the experience of living in a place where the temperature stays below zero celsius and the landscape is all white.
One of my challenges for this winter is learning how to ski (if I don't freeze beforehand, of course), so I'll probably spend most of my free time outdoors.
Carita (FI), Winter 2008
Hello, my name is Carita and I come from the Southern Finland.
I will be here at KISC for the winter, doing various jobs from ski guiding to catering.
I hope to spend a lot of time at the slopes, explore Switzerland, eat cheese fondue and maybe learn some Swiss German :)
Caz (IE), PR & Marketing Assistant
Hey, I'm Caz from Dublin. I look after all things to do with PR and Marketing here at the Centre.
I love spending time outdoors... whether it's climbing, hiking or skiing- I'll give it a go! Usually I fall over and hurt myself but I still have fun! :)
Chris (GB), Maintenance Assistant
Hi I'm Chris from the UK. My role is to maintain the buildings and vehicles at KISC. I also run small improvement projects for the Centre along with renovations of rooms. I am also able to step in and help with grounds and Campsite when needed.
On my days off you may still find me working at the centre. But I also enjoy climbing, hiking, running and most competitive physical sports.
Conor (IE), Winter 2008
Dia Dhuit! I'm Conor, the Corkman, from Ireland whose accent nobody understands! I am big into watersports back home but decided to come here and learn new skills and experience new activities.
So far it has surpassed my expectations and I'm having the time of my life making new, international friendships and just having 'a làn craic'!
Dan (NZ), Assistant Programme Director
As the Assistant Programme Director, I am responsible for helping provide an enjoyable and safe programme for all our guests.
In the real world I am a qualified craft baker, but right now I am taking the opportunity to live and work in a place where I can keep all my hobbies satisfied. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking or climbing. Anything outdoors.
Dan (GB), Reception Manager
Hi I'm Dan, from England.
I'm the new Reception Mangager here at KISC. When im not snowed under with work and training you will probably find me asleep in the Swing Office.
I enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing and loads of other fun stuff. When you come visit make sure you come by Reception and say hi!
Eliane (CH), Catering Supervisor
Grüssech, I'm the Swiss Catering Supervisor working part-time at the centre. In the rest of my time I work as a teacher and local politician in the nearby town of Spiez.
After all that, when I can find the time, I love to go skiing, climbing and maybe some ice climbing.
Hannah (US), Winter 2008
Hey Everyone! I'm Hannah, from Massachusetts. I was here last winter and had such a great time that now I'm back as a Pinkie. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors doing anything from rowing to hiking to playing Ultimate Frisbee (weather permitting!). This season I want to become a better skier because the New England snow can't compare to anything that falls out of the sky here. I'm looking forward to an awesome three months full of excellent snow!
Janika (FI), Winter 2008
Hei! My name is Janika and I come from Lapland, Finland. We have also lots of snow there but no mountains. That is one of the reason, I came here.
I'll probably travel around Switzerland or north Italy in my free time, if I'm not skiing or doing my other winter hobbies. Everyone knows that this country and cheese belongs together. I've already tasted many cheeses but still if I can decide, it's Switzerland without cheese, please!
James (GB), Catering Assistant
Hello my name is James and I'm the Catering Assistant here at the Centre, which means I help the Caterer look after the day to day running of the kitchen and if you come for a meal at the Centre chances are you will see me running around the kitchen.
On days off I like to watch DVDs and if im feeling energetic you may find me hiking in the mountains, if not I will be in the local tea room!
Janneke (NL), Website Translator
Hi, I'm Janneke from the Netherlands. During the Winter Season of 2008 I will be translating the KISC website into French. When I'm not translating you will probably find me skiing here. Back in The Netherlands, where there are no mountains or snow, I like to go sailing.
Katey (IE), Programme Developement Assistant
I'm Katey, a Girl Guide from Ireland.
I am here to help develop the Programme among other things. On my days off I will be out learning to ski so please help me to get up if you see me on the ground!
I love the snow, especially learning to keep my bicycle on two wheels in the ice. I also love ice-cream and hot chocolate!
Lou (IT), House Manager
Ciao! I'm Lou from Italy I care about the presentation of the chalet to all our guests. I really like the snow and being back in Kandersteg but it is very different from my tropical home in Sicily. Because its so cold you can always see me walking around with a hot cup of peppermint tea!
Luke (AU), Programme Admin. Assistant
I'm Luke and I'm from Australia. I look after all the admin for Programme; you'll probably talk to me when you come to book your activities for your stay.
I love riding the powder Telemark style and climbing all over the Alps. If I'm not outdoors I like to drink Gin and Tonics and make computer games.
Mange (SE), Winter 2008
I'm Mange from Stockholm.
I decided to go here because I love snow and snowboarding.
Looking forward to a busy winther with lots of laughs and fun in the snow.
See you on the slopes!
Mark (NL), Director
I have been in Switzerland for the past 7 years working both at the Centre and for the World Scout Bureau. I like to hike with my dogs, read and go to the cinema and concerts. I am the proud owner of four beautiful full bred Golden Retrievers answering (well most of the time) to the names of Laika, Pickles, Bodansky and Bonk.
If you can not find me in my office I could be anywhere at the Centre or in the Tearoom eating cakes!
Mustard (GB), Programme Director
My name is Mustard and I'm from England. I run the Programme Department and make sure that our guests receive an exciting, full and safe programme.
In my spare time I enjoy playing in the mountains, travelling and falling out of planes.
Roger (NL), Internal Services Director
Hoi! I'm Roger from the Netherlands. My main job as Internal Services Director is looking after everything 'behind the scenes' here at the Centre: from grounds to administration. On days off I love to go hiking, explore other valleys or otherwise discover the country in my Swiss limousine :-) You can always count on me for any game or just one drink in the village.
Tati (AR), Website Translator
Tati is a nice guy. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 6, and inspired by Indiana Jones movies, he became a Scout. The End.
No, wait... he had a real job once: 6 years for a crazy comics publisher! Nowadays, after 3 years living in Barcelona, he is back at the World Scout Center (again?!) with the aim of translate this site into spanish, ski and drink free coffee. Part time, he also writes brief bio's of himself in third person.
Bonk and Pickles