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!
Amy(nz) - spring 2013
Kia Ora! I'm Amy all the way from little New Zealand. I had planned to learn how to snowboard whilst at KISC but that plan got cut short after my first day of skiing put me in crutches. Now i'm perfecting my skill of folding, washing and sewing. In my free time I like to do anything with art, take photos, lots of shopping (online for now) or playing sports. When the snow disappears and the crutches are gone I look forward to exploring the many walks in the beautiful valley with the amazing people here at KISC.
Andrea (CH) - Office Manager
Tschou zäme! My name is Andrea and I’m the Office Manager. I’m responsible for the Finances and all the Administration Stuff that no one else wants to do. I live in a little Chalet in Kandersteg and I’m a member of the steering committee of the Junior Chamber International Frutigland. In my free time I love to go shopping! But I also try to be a bit sporty and I’m going weekly to my Zumba training. Kandersteg is my most favorite town to live in so I spend also a lot of my free time in the wonderful nature of the Bernese Oberland.
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.
caroline (uk) - Catering Assistant
Hi there, I’m Caroline from the South of England, and I am one of the Catering Assistants at KISC. Being at KISC is amazing – the atmosphere, the mountains, the Pinkies, but best of all the food of course!! You sure should come and join in the fun! I returned as soon as I could following my Summer season in 2011 – it’s great to see the centre so busy and alive – and I knew I just had to be part of living the dream (and the Pinkie dream team) again!
CRISPI (ES) - Spring 2013
¡Hola! My name is Cristina, but all people know me as Crispi. I'm from the south of Spain, exactly from Murcia, where the word more quoted is 'acho'. You can use it for everything. It's my third time in this wonderful place. The two first times I came with the 'Spanish Work Party', and I felt so bad when the staff team lost the football match for tenth time last autumn that I decided wear pink to change it. This spring we'll win, I promise! In Spain, my favourite hobby was go to all the music festivals. One of the reasons to come at KISC is leave aside The Hipster World. It's not easy, but I try it. See you in the Alps, guys.
Dave (AU) - Assistant ProgramME Director
G'day mates, my name's Dave and I'm from Down Under as you can probably tell by the accent. Well maybe you can't as this is written, but if I was reading this out to you, you'd certainly notice immediately. My fellow Pinkies here tend to call me Big Dave due to my size of about 3 metres in height! As a kid I liked to believe I was growing through sheer will power, not wanting to stay small, but over time I had to face the truth that I was actually part of a remote tribe of a species of giants living in the Outback. In daily Australian life my enormous height is a giant - no pun intended - advantage: After all, it allows me to see a lot of poisonous animals and other deadly creatures native to the red continent well before anyone else, allowing me to run away and survive at double speed!
Diogo (PT) – Campsite Assistant
Olá a todos! I'm from Portugal and in my scout group all we do is camping and outdoor activities, it's in our blood. I was here as a guest on the campsite in 2009 and from that moment I knew I would come back. I was here last Winter as a Shortie and I had the best of times but apparently it wasn't enough. So here I am to rock the first place I set foot on in Kandersteg, The KISC Campsite. It is a dream come true, a dream that has lasted 90 years forged by BP himself. It is truly a magical space and if you don't believe me, well, there's only one way to find out! ;)
DRIES (NL) - SPRING 2013
Hoi! I am Dries and I come from the most northern part of Belgium, a region also known as "The Netherlands." As a child I wanted to become an astronaut and lion tamer. Nowadays I am a beekeeper and an Explorer Scouts leader. Having more or less completed my life goals, I decided to bring spring to KISC this year. With the snow slowly disappearing since my arrival, it seems I will also reach that target. I plan to go on many hikes to see if my presence also causes flowers to grow. I look forward to meeting you in the sunny valley of the Kander this season! Houdoe!
DYLAN (AU) - SPRING 2013
G'day! Howareya?! I'm Dylan from Australia. You might find me hanging around KISC playing my didge (didgeridoo, a traditional Aboriginal Australian instrument), drinking coffee, or searching for chooks (ie: chickens, my favourite animal). In addition to these things, I love travelling, rock climbing, good music, a good laugh, a few snags on the barbie, and a lot of Vegemite. I'm loving living here in Switzerland! The best parts for me so far have included eating lots of cheese and chocolate. The downsides have been eating TOO MUCH cheese and chocolate. While I'm at KISC, I plan to get in loads of outdoor activities and find some chickens. Catchya soon - if you see me at KISC, come say "g'day" and we'll have a bit of a chin wag!
EliN (SE) - Catering Assistant
Hi, I am Elin and everyone here at the Centre seems to have trouble pronouncing my name. It usually comes out sounding a little like "yelling". I think that is ironic since I am on the quiet side, you know, thoughtful. I am from Ahus, (don't worry they can't pronounce that one either) Sweden. It is a town about 10 minutes from the 22nd World Scout Jamboree site and before you ask, no I didn't sell tickets for hot showers or use of my washing machine and dryer. I love homemade lasagna, my rainbow coloured beanie, Tim Burton films, being in nature and taking hikes, my camera Hemingway, the colour green and making lists - but not in that order. I can't wait for you to come to KISC so you can try some of the amazing concoctions I make up in the kitchen!
Gert-Jan (NL) - Grounds & maintenance Assistant
Hallo all! Most people know me a Gert-Jan, but here however, I tend to take on the alter ego of Jeff. That alter ego was created a few years ago here at KISC, when I was a helper, and I always take it on when I travel to places where they don’t speak Dutch. Apparently it has something to do with the allegation that some people find my name unpronounceable. It was also when I was a helper here that I caught the KISC-Virus. Even though I resisted it for two years, in the end it became too strong and I had to return. And after having been Winter Short Term Staff last winter, it only got worse, so I returned as the new Grounds & Maintenance Assistant, this time to take on the fight with all broken bolts, lightless light bulbs and unwilling undergrowth. Furthermore, I will continue my inspection of all the apple juice in the area. In short, that is what I will be doing the coming time. One thing is for sure; I will enjoy every moment I have here. Hope to see you soon!
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!
Harry (UK) - Catering Assistant
Ahoy there! I am Harry from a little town in a little place known as England! I have joined this Spring season rather late, but I am already in the spring mood with the snow melting and the sun frequently shining! At the moment, I love making the most of low season at the centre by spending time with the rest of the awesome staff doing low seasony things! I am however, ready for the challenge that will be Summer 2013! Broken coffee machines and food orders here we go! Hope to see you there! Chow!
Helen (CR) - JUBILEE COORDINATOR
¡Hola, pura vida! I am Helen from Costa Rica and I am the Jubilee Coordinator even when nobody knows what I do… I am in charge of the coordination of the special activities for the 90 years of KISC in this 2013. I came in winter and I was afraid to be frozen (my country is tropical, sunny and shiny 22° all the year) but I survived and now waiting for the spring, the sun and the flowers. I was here the first time as Short Term Staff in Summer 2012 and I fell in love at first sight with this place. I love being in pink working here and I love Kandersteg, it is such a magical place with amazing mountains and friendly people. During my free time I enjoy to take a lot of pictures, reading and walking. We have a Costa Rican song that says we are the Swiss Central America so I feel happy because I must be living in the Costa Rica of Europe… lucky me!
Jack (UK) - CAMPSITE Manager
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.
Javi (SP) - High Adventure Assistant
Hi, am Javi from Spain. I fell in love with this place during different Spanish Work Parties. I am crazy about climbing and hiking, so KISC’s a paradise for me. I like siestas every day to take a rest and feel better. While hiking, I have a tradition to take a picture with my scout group flag making funny faces on mountain peaks.
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.
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.
Lisa (AU) - Reception Assistant
Hi guys, I am Lisa from Australia. Before arriving at KISC, lots of the Staff here thought I was Lisa from the Simpsons, but I don't really have much in common with her, starting with the facts that I don't play the sax and that I am not yellow in the slightest. I came to Kandersteg in November 2012 and it is a great place to live, especially now in spring. The downside to Switzerland is that there are barely any crocodiles around at this time of year, so I can't exercise my favourite sport, wrestling crocodiles in fast-flowing rivers. Another typical Aussie thing I brought with me from back home: Vegemite! I made it my mission to get as many Staff hooked on it to open a new export market for this biggest invention of all mankind. Unforunately, so far my plan is not working.
mette (DK)- Spring 2013
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 while waiting for the world to unfreeze so I can go hiking instead 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, but being back is even better. And that's just the beginning!
Michael (DE) - Maintenance Manager
Most of the time you can find me around the Chalet fixing something, changing light bulbs or new for the Winter season: snow clearing! I am not really a Winter person, so 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.
Neala (CA) - House Assistant
Tally ho, peops! I'm Neala from the beautiful maple syrup covered land of Canada which is basically like Switzerland but with more moose and maple syrup. I work as House Assistant at KISC, but my secret passion is pancakes - I love preparing them for Staff and serving them piled up, covered in delicious maple syrup. Whenever I'm not making pancakes - with maple syrup - I like to go for long walks in the snow as the crackling noise beneath my shoes reminds me of the endless wilderness back home. Furthermore, I'm addicted to great historical speeches, often citing an altered version of Churchill's "Blood, toil, tears, and sweat" as pep talk before starting cleaning the Centre in the morning: "I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this Centre: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long hours of cleaning and of suffering. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Cleanliness. Cleanliness at all costs — Cleanliness in spite of all stains — Cleanliness, however dirty and muddy the floor may be, for without cleanliness there is no survival."
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) - International Friendship Assistant
Hello I'm Paul from the UK. Out here in Kandersteg you will usually find me running some in camp 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 Assistant
Hi, I am Penny from sunny South Africa. After enjoying the autumn leaves and snow falling last year here in Switzerland, I am back to enjoy the spring and summer KISC has to offer. 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 hiking the alps and enjoying the Swiss scenery and especially their chocolate! As House assistant I am here to make sure you have a pleasant stay and keep the buildings look spick and span!
Peter (UK) - Eco Assistant
Hey there! Peter here from the UK. I have traded in the flat 'hills' of the home counties for the many peaks of Kandersteg. I am the Eco Assistant, and so I am in charge of the Eco activities we offer here at KISC, and am also able to provide random useless animal facts when required. I enjoy discovering the wildlife of the alps, photography and music (although not at the same time, as music usually scares off the animals!).
ruAiri (ie) - spring 2013
Dia duit! Ruairí from Ireland here, I visited KISC in 2007 for Kanderjam with my scout troop and have wanted to come back ever since so here I am for Spring 2013 and loving every minute of it, from the late night kitchen parties to the days spent cleaning rooms and listening to funky tunes. Back in Ireland I spend most of my free time playing some sort of sport (mostly soccer). Proudly living BP's Dream!
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. I’m very exited to be back in pink! When I’m not busy with trying out my wings in this new job I’m most likely making funny noises, watching children’s movies or watering my plants with coffee. Hope to see you soon!
Sam (UK) - Grounds Manager
Hello, My name is Sam and I'm from Liverpool in the UK. I first came to KISC in the Summer of 2010 with my Scout group from Lydiate. We had a fantastic time and I would recommend it to everyone. I started working here at KISC, in October 2010, as a Helper in the Arabian Suite renovation. Since then, I have been a member of the Short Term Staff team for Winter 2011 and I have now spent already way over a year as KISC's Grounds Assistant, then Grounds Manager. All the time I've spent in Kandersteg I have thoroughly enjoyed and I look for Winter to be over so I can finally see some grass to trim again. All this snow just gives me headaches!
steve (ca) - spring 2013
Hi, my name's Steven and my adventure begins on a dreary Tuesday, but that's a story for another time. Back home in Canada, I like to play hockey (referred to as ice hockey on this side of the word), video games, and computer program. Even though I haven't been in Kandersteg for very long I've been having a blast whether I'm skiing, or writing songs while working, or raiding the fridges for left overs, or embarrassing Ruairi at games of ping-pong. I came here to make some new friends, and see the other side of the word. So far I'm two for two. Looking forward, I'm excited to see the change in scenery from a winter of skiing to a summer of hiking.
Susan (KE) Public Relations and Marketing Assistant
Jambo! My name is Susan, am from Kenya. I am happy to be the Public Relations and Marketing Assistant here at KISC. 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’!
Tinna (IS) - spring 2013
My name is Tinna from Kopavogur, Iceland, the center of the world according to all world maps. What I like the most in life is to travel, explore the world and meet new people. Back home I spend my time mostly doing outdoor activities like hiking, climbing and skiing and I am also an active member of a rescue team. As part of a constant search to explore more of the world I decided to apply to be short terms staff here at Kandersteg.
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!
Will (UK) - Catering Assistant
I'm Will from the UK - almost from Scotland, which explains my weird accent. I'm the most sport loving person at KISC, ready for dart in the breaks or a day on skis now that everything around the Centre is finally covered in snow. Cricket is the greatest sport on earth, but I also hurt my rib playing it, so I'll scream if you touch it! If you don't misunderstand my sarcasm or Scottish expressions, I'll make you laugh a lot and I'm always good for a friendly smile or hug.