Adriana (Br) - Administration assistant
Ol!! I’m Adriana from Brazil and this winter I’m expecting to see the beautiful Swiss alps under snow so I can experience a winter winter (or cold winter, different to a tropical one). I want to make the most with my Pink family in my last season of a one year journey as administration assistant to then go back to the warm, exotic and tropical land of Brazil.
alex (uk) - Programme admin assistant
Hi I’m Alex. I’m the new Programme Admin Assistant. Come see me in front office if you want activities booked! When I’m not drowning under voucher copies, you can find me on days off up one of the many mountains, or as you can see, practicing my langlauf technique- how do I look?
Anne Sofie (DK) - Winter 2015
Hej! I’m Anne Sofie from Denmark. Little, little Denmark where there aren’t any mountains, natural disasters or dangerous animals. I thought we had snow and open fields in Denmark, but nothing compared to here in Switzerland. For me everything at KISC is big, scary, new, amazing, overwhelming, lovely and wonderful. And so are the people. So what more can you ask for?
Anne (FI) - house assistant
Heheei! I’m Anne, the House Assistant, and I come from Finland. To be more exact, I come from the southern part of Finland where proper snow and skiing opportunities are unfortunately not that close by, so I decided to come enjoy life in the snow in the middle of the Swiss Alps instead! As the House Assistant it’s not all fun and games in the snow though, most of my days I get to enjoy welcoming scouts from all over the world into the house and most importantly dancing with a cleaning equipment of my choosing around the chalet. Every day here is different and that’s the magic of KISC for me.
Cat (uk) – winter 2015
Hello, i'm Catherine (Cat) from Cheshire in England. I'm very excited to be here in the swiss alps for the next three months. I'm looking forward to the snow sticking in the Kandersteg valley and doing some skiing, snowshoeing and everything else!
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.” Normally you don’t see me much at KISC as I’m always busy in our campsite and forest. Right now I’m the one doing the snow clearing. You might think that an easy job when there’s no snow, but it’s actually hard work: driving around on the tractor all day long to promote global warming, doing sun-dances (imagine a reversed rain-dance), and building fires on mountaintops to melt snow before it falls. After two months of success I am finally losing the battle. But that’s alright: Last year I learned to ski from a book, and this year I want to get better by actually practicing. See you on the slopes!
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.
Maxima (PT) - Deputy's guard-dog
Woof! You can find me on days off climbing mountains, skiing, mountain biking, and generally just following the Deputy! On my working days, you can find me sleeping by the radiator; just like the Deputy.
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...
hetty (NL) - reception assistant
Hai! I’m Hetty from the Netherlands. Since the middle of October I’m the new Reception Assistant for the upcoming year. Although I love working in Reception I sometimes feel my talents are snowed under. This is why I made sure I was very much involved in putting up Christmas decorations and setting the tables for Christmas. I was hoping to make some cool snowy friends this winter who want to do whatever I want to do and never get bored listening to me, but up to now it’s just me.. Thankfully there’s loads of great Pinkie’s around to have fun with though!
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
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Johanna (SE) - winter 2015
Hejsan! I’m Johanna from Sweden, but right now I’m here in Kandersteg as a short term staff. This means that I changed my surroundings from flat feilds to big mountains which is pretty cool. So far here at the centre I have probably cleaned more toilets, eaten more cheese and seen more mountains than ever before, and I just love it! I look forward to a winter with great friends, snow, snowboarding (yes, I am one of those) and a lot of fun!
jon (AU) - winter 2015
G'day mate! My name is Jon and I'm from Tazzy, Australia! I've given up living with koalas, kangaroos and nights of throwing shrimp on the barbie for Kandersteg! I do do miss the bloody rippas of scorching days in 'stralia, but krikey the Swiss Alps are ace!
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.
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.
lisa (SE) - winter 2015
Hejsan! My name is Lisa and I'm from the middle of snowy Sweden. I'm really looking forward to my three months here and all the fun things we are going to do here. Hope to see you this winter!
Mara (ch) - winter 2015
Hey zäme! Ca va? My name is Mara and Switzerland is my home country. I live in a little village next to Fribourg. But the next three months im going to spend in this beautiful place called Kandersteg. I love winter and the activities it brings: iceskating, snowboarding, skiing or just building a snowman. Let’s get the adventure started!
mark (DK) - catering assistant
Hej alle sammen. I'm Mark from DenMARK and here at the World Centre, I am one of the two 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. You will normally find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm, but on my days off you would probably meet me on a ski slope or some where else in the mountain. See you soon and bon appetit!
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…
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) - 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!
rachel (CA) - winter 2015
Hey, hows it going eh? So sorry for the bad intro. I'm Rachel from Canada, the land of hockey, beavers and maple syrup. Even though I miss my pet polar bear, I am very glad to be living the dream in Switzerland! Living with people from very many different countries and backgrounds is something I have always wanted to experience. I hope to learn a little bit of different languages to help fulfill my life time goal of being fluent in as many as I can. I am very glad that the snow is finally here because I have started learning how to ski here and it is very exciting. I highly recommend applying to be a shortie because you will NOT regret it!
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.
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 with two pieces of wood on my feet trying not to fall down a mountain.
tommy (US) - winter 2015
Howdy yall! I'm Tomma from the U.S. of A! Although Switzerland is a far stretch from the land of the free, home of the brave and mom's home-made apple pie, it really is deeee-lightful and I think I'll have a mighty fine time here!
vincent (DE) - winter 2015
Hallo. I am Vincent from Germany. I came here some weeks ago effeciently by train. Since then I have been efficiently eating, efficiently sleeping and efficiently working. Now with snow, you will find me efficiently snowboarding.
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.