alex (uk) - Programme admin assistant
Hi I’m Alex from the great UK. I’m the Programme admin assistant, I’ll be processing most of the ‘paper-worky’ type things to do with your programme. If you need inspiration on what to do for days off I can show you where to hike, I can also call Grossen if you want to rent a bike. As a wise man once said: ‘when our guests leave here they’re totally psyched’ so drop by the front office if you what to know what you can do while you’re here! On my days off I like to wander the mountain paths, taking photos and pretending I know how to order food and drink in German. I hope you enjoy yourself here as much as I do!
ANNA (DK) - Spring 2015
Hej! My name is Anna and I am from the southern part of Denmark. Being in the Swiss Alps is amazing, and being at KISC is even better. I am here this spring, which is awesome because I get to experience the end of winter and the start of summer. I have learned how to ski, and I look forward to hiking when the snow melts. See you around!
Anne (FI) - House Manager
Heheei! I’m Anne, the House Manager, and I come from Finland. I am enjoying the increasing sunlight that comes with the Spring season, and look forward to lying on the grass during lunch breaks once the snow melts away! As the House Manager it’s not all about lying in the sun though, most of my days I get to spend with the wonderful short term staff deep cleaning the centre or welcoming scouts from all over the world to KISC. Every day here is different and that’s the magic of KISC for me.
Anne (DK) - Spring 2015
Goddag! I am Anne from Denmark and I'm one of the Shorties in Spring 2015. In Denmark, the highest point is around 170 m, so the Swiss Alps is definitely a big change of surroundings. I have been to Switzerland many times before and keep falling in love with the country – a place full of cheese and chocolate – what more do you need?
Annie (AU) - Spring 2015
I’ve never really been a napper, but now that I’ve found this dryer – it’s sooo comfy – I might just have to start! I’m Annie from Australia, and am so glad to have finally made it to KISC for the Spring. The snow is melting (and then snowing, and then melting…), the flowers are blooming (or beginning to at least), and we’ve got plenty of cleaning to do! At least they let me in the kitchen occasionally to make lamingtons to keep the energy up. Can’t wait for you to visit!
Brito (PT) – Spring 2015
Olá! My name is Brito and I'm from the nicest country in Europe, Portugal! Well it's the nicest for me, don't judge me! I decided to trade the Atlantic Ocean for the Swiss Alps as a shortie for the Spring season. So far it's shaping up to be the best three months of my life. Awesome people, awesome food, awesome... mountains? Oh don't get me started on the mountains! Spring is the season of change, when the snow slowly melts away giving place to the greenest grass. I think it will also be a season of change for me. In the end I wont be the same person, I'll have a little more PINK in my life! Being a Pinkie was something i wanted for a long time it was... a dream, now i get to live, sleep, eat, hike, sled, ski, (...) the dream.
Camilla (DK) - House Assistant
Dav! My name is Camilla. I’m from the northern part of the small country of Denmark. After being a spring Short Term Staff in 2014 I’m now back at KISC as the House Assistant. As House Assistant I love spending time in the laundry and making sure that there is always clean pink for the staff to wear. On my days off I like going on adventures in big cities and I’m looking forward to visiting the bigger cities in Switzerland.
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.
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 and right now you can find me in the warm shelters of Hotel Crystal, or Chalet Over There, turning our Danish male Staff into softies! You may think I have gained some weight over Winter, but I assure you this is just my Winter coat. I still remain active doing some snow hunting every day. Unlike those lazy Centre cats...
FELIPE (BR) - Operational DIRECTOR
Olá, My name is Felipe (aka FlipFlop) and I am the Operational 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.
HETTY (NL) - Reception assistant
Hai! I’m Hetty from the Netherlands. I’m working as Reception Assistant at KISC for 5 months now and I’ve noticed we work hard but we also work hardly sometimes. Some days are full of meetings, answering loads of emails, helping a lot of guests etc. But some days are also very quiet. We drink tea while we are looking at how we can improve our way of working even more. And if spring really shows herself I love to go out to read a book or go for a walk in my lunch break to enjoy the sun!
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) - catering assistant
Hurdy Gurdy, BORK!
The name's Jesper and I come from a lovely forest called Dalarna in the cold north (-ish) of Sweden. My job here at the centre mostly consists of making sure that the Shorties don't poison anyone, baking bread to improve morale and keeping the Danish people in check! When I'm off you will probably find me skipping along a wanderweg, drinking weird tea or eating Nutella directly from the jar!
Thinking back, it's now over a year ago I for the first time put on the pink t-shirt and became a part of the KISC family.
So, Spring arrives with a lot of nostalgia! And deep-cleaning!
Why don't you swing by? Join the fun and say hello to the people in Pink!
Hurdy Gurdy, BORK!
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.
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.
Manu (IT) - Spring 2015
Hallo, hoila, ciao! I'm Manu from Italy, or to be more exact: from the most northern region called South Tyrol. So my motherlanguage is - no, not Italian! - but it is German, because I live near the border of Austria. You can notice my Italian temperament only when someone is cutting spaghetti with a knife!!
Right now I'm here at Kandersteg as a Shortie and I'm looking forward to a beautiful deep cleaning-season and a lot of fun! See you!
Ps. Don't fall asleep in the freezer, it's freezy cold!
Mara (CH) - Intern
Huhuu! ça va? My name is Mara and I come from a little town next to Fribourg in Switzerland. I was a Shortie in Winter 2015 and now I'm staying as an Intern until July. After being a Shortie, i'm looking forward to work in Reception and PR & Marketing. If there's no work to do and if there's still snow in Kandersteg, I like to go snowboarding or skiing in Oeschinensee. Kandersteg is a really cool place to work, with all these crazy people from all over the world. Every day I'm learning something new, even if it's just how to say hello in a different language. Well KISC is a place of learning ;)
mark (DK) - catering assistant
Hej alle sammen. I'm Mark from DenMARK and here at the World Centre, I am one of the Catering Assistants that work hard to cook you some nice food, so that you have a lot of energy to get out and enjoy the Swiss Alps and feel the magic of the Permanent Mini Jamboree. When I don’t have my pink t-shirt on, cooking up a storm, or crying over the onions (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.
NIc (CA) - Spring 2015
Bonjour! My name is Nic and I come from Canada!! Land of polar bears, Tim Hortons, and hockey. I have been in Scouting for 16 years now, and have had so many opportunities like coming to KISC!! I am probably one of the biggest sports fans you will ever meet. Sports and Scouting take up the majority of my time. Aussi je parle francais. Being PINK is awesome, if you can, do it!
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!
Patrick (DE) - Spring 2015
Gude, I'm Patrick from Mainz, Germany. I'm really happy to be here at KISC for the next three months! I'm pretty sure I will get a lot of new useful skills here at KISC. I already tried to improve my sledding skills, which lead into improving my skills with the left hand. When I try sledding the next time, my arm will tell that stone "You kick me down, but I will not break, I am Titanium".
PAUL (UK) - GROUNDS manager
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 out and about on our campsite, in the nearby forest, or doing all of the recycling for our many guests this season. 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) - Administration Assistant
Qué mas, I Am Pedro From the exotics lands of Colombia, and Im back in the Swiss alps to climb in the mountains around me and enjoy my time here with people from all around the world, and have fun with numbers all day in the admin office with a “Brujo ” of the finances .
PENNY (ZA) - Assistant Guest Service director
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 ad am now stepping in as Assistant Guest Services Director. 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) - assistant programme director
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 Assistant Programme Director, replying to all the emails from guests, replying to Facebook comments from my mother (Angela) 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
Moro. Call me Salla. I come from the flattest of the flat areas in Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia. It’s so flat that it’s still rising after the last ice and on a clear day you can see till Norway. After having a taste of the Alps in Summer 2010 as Short Term Staff I couldn’t help but keep coming back; either as a helper in green or long term staff. No matter what the season, my daily life is filled with weird noises and watering my house plant with coffee when I’m not busy with real things.
Sara (SE) - spring 2015
Tjaaaabbaaa. I am Sara from Sweden, and I am working here at KISC as Short Term Staff this spring. I think you already know all the things that are great and amazing about Sweden (meatballs, Spotify, fermented fish). Therefore I will tell you some great and amazing things about Switzerland (raclette) and more specifically Kandersteg and KISC (fondue, more cheese). Let's see if you like the sound of it. How about incredible staff that love what they do? A lovely village, with beautiful houses and yummy bakeries, where everyone is friendly and where a selected few have horses in their backyard? An amazing World Scout Centre that welcomes scouts from all over the world? Sounds pretty good... and noooow, we add the absolutely magnificent mountains that makes everything else even better than it already was on its own. It's hard to put into words how much I'm looking forward to the rest of this already awesome season. Tja!
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. If you can't find me in the fish tank (admin office), you can find me hiking up to one of our beautiful mountain huts.
Von Bon - Feline queen
Halloo, 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.