Adriana (Br) - Administration assistant
Olá! I’m Adriana from Brazil and I’m quite happy to be at KISC despite feeling pretty cold most of the time! I can’t wait to see the snowy sceneries around Kandersteg and I'm very excited to call this beautiful place my home and the staff team family.
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!
Diogo (PT) – RECEption manager
Mekie pessoal tass bem? My name is Diogo and I come from the land of olive oil, custard tarts and stuff made out of cork – Portugal. I’m the Reception Manager here at KISC. For most people that visit KISC I’m probably their first contact. This means that I have to smile and look happy all the time. And you know what? It’s really easy when you’re in a place as unique and amazing as KISC. But it’s not just the place, it’s what fills it. During my time here, and for the next year, I know that I’ll be working, living and having fun with most amazing people I’ve ever met. And that’s why I don’t have to look happy all the time. I just am.
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.
Esther (Au) - Autumn 2014
G’day! I’m Esther from the small town of Stirling in the dry, sunny state of South Australia. I’m spending the Autumn in KISC as part of an eight month trip around Europe! I enjoy hiking and running in the mountains around Kandersteg (starting early in the morning when everybody is still sleeping!!!). I’m hoping it will begin to snow before the end of my season so I can try sledding and skiing - and hopefully be a better skier then surfer!
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 Autumn, i like to think of myself as The Lone Ranger. The campsite is growing cold, and as this happens I will make my long migration from the KISC Campsite to Hotel Crystal. 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?
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) - catering assistant
Hejsan! My name is Jesper and I’m back in pink this Autumn season to rock out in the kitchen as Catering Assistant! I left my cold homeland in the North, Sweden, and changed it to the warm and cosy mountains of Switzerland. When not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me somewhere hiking, drinking tea or.. yeah, listening to ABBA.
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 in December 2013 as the House Assistant. I am overly enthusiastic about tea, drawing and taking photos of farm animals!
keisuke (jp) - autumn 2014
Hi! I'm Keisuke from Japan! I love being here in Switterland, learning making new friends and living in the beautiful Swiss Alps. I'm always happy to share my culture, so if you would like to know anything, just ask!
kenneth (ug) - autumn 2014
Hey, Mulimutya. I am Kenny from Uganda. I feel so blessed to be part of KISC family and on top of that living the DREAM. Scouting is part of me and volunteering as well. It is my pleasure to meet fellow Pinkies from different continents who are enthusiastic and welcoming. The weather is still so nice though it will change in the near future. The training was fantastic, led by great LTS members. Just a few weeks back we were strangers but now we are brothers and sisters, like this. Now I am looking forward to execute all my duties (Nalo).
lieveke (nl) - programme director
Hi, I’m Lieveke from the Netherlands. As I absolutely love the mountains and sadly we don’t have any in the Netherlands, I keep on coming back to KISC. When I’m not organising the many activities here at the Centre, I like to hike to one of the many mountain huts and sample the different cakes or go skiing and drink lots of hot chocolate.
lÚcia (pt) - Autumn 2014
Olá! My name is Lúcia and I’m from Portugal, a small country planted by the sea – a famous Portuguese poet once said! So now that that I had sea for 22 years, I’m looking forward to 3 months of adventures in the Swiss Alps!
melody (hK) - autumn 2014
Hello, I'm Melody and I come one of the most densely populated areas in the world - Hong Kong. Now I have escaped from the city, I'm here in KISC, enjoying the amazing natural environment. During my free time, I may take the cable car to Allemenalp, sit there with my sketch book and draw the amazing view of Kandersteg.
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 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 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: Bari" 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. Here in Kandersteg I have traded in the rolling hills of the Peak District Countryside for some of the most stunning Alpine scenery out there. You will usually find me in the Reception Office, and I can give you all sorts of ideas and help with your activities. So if you’re looking for things to do in the Kandersteg area, come and chat to me. I am also very appreciative of all kinds of edible gifts that guests bring us, particularly Percy Pigs and Dairy Milk! Hint, hint, nudge, nudge…
pedro (co) - autumn 2014
Hola! I'm Pedro Torres from Colombia! I'm happy for being here at KISC. It is awesome to do some deep cleaning and I think it is the best part after being in Switzerland. When I'm not working I like to go out and climb and hike the mountains that are around me.
PENNY (ZA) - HOUSE MANAGER
Hi, I am Penny from sunny South Africa. After enjoying the Summer last year here in Switzerland as the House Assistant, I came back as the House Manager. Back home I enjoy going for walks, watching the sunset, and being in nature. The Swiss alps are pretty spectacular and it is pretty cool when you get stuck in a traffic jam caused by a herd of sheep or cows. I have definitely eaten my fair share of Swiss chocolate here! The local bakery has delicious cakes as well. With the Sunneblick renovations going on and deep cleaning under full swing, there is plenty of work to be done. 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 wildly un-mountainous expanses of Bedford, 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!
saskia (nl) - autumn 2014
Hello! I am Saskia from the Netherlands! Normally, I live in Amsterdam and study Medicine, but now I'm here in Kandersteg and I like the mountains.I had my first hike here, because at home, I'm a Sea Scout. It is nice to have the mountains, nice sunsets and lots of Scouts around you. But the Swiss chocolate is the best thing about living in Switzerland!
seÁn (IE) - PR & marketing assistant
Dia dhuit! I am Seán, from Dublin, Ireland! I am the PR & Marketing Assitant here at the Centre, and despite what the shorties will tell you, involves a little more than operating the Facebook and Twitter pages! (There's Instagram too!) I love living here in the Swiss alps, waking up and looking out my window to such beautiful views. I've had a great Summer here full of adentures and now I'm looking forward to a great Autumn and for the snow to come back so I can get skiing!
sofie (dk) - autumn 2014
Mojn! I'm Sofie from Denmark, where it's very flat! So to be here in The Swiss Alps is amazing, especially in the Autumn season. This time a year the leaves change colour which isn't common for some of my fellow Pinkies. My time here at KISC is a dream come true because I love meeting people and learn about other cultures. In My free time I like hiking in the mountains even though I can't breath because of the height!
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.
yoyo (pt) - autumn 2014
Hi! My name is João best known for Yoyo here in the center. I’m from Portugal and for me to be here is an amazing opportunity! I'm feeling really happy to join the big pink brotherhood, and excited about what will happen during these next months. Is amazing that we can find people from all over the world in KISC and make friendships. Here we don’t have differences, we are all Scouts, all of us want Live the Dream!