dylan (AU) - guest services director
G’day, I’m Dylan! I’m the Guest Services Director here at KISC and I come from the magical land of Australia. It’s just like Austria, except with more letters. And kangaroos. And beaches. And more Sydney Opera Houses. Actually, it’s very different to Austria. If you’re interested in hearing more about the differences between Australia and Austria, you might find me around the office, or hopefully out and about making new friends and exploring the beautiful scenery around Kandersteg. See ya soon!
Laura (CH) - Spring 2016
Hoi zäme, I’m Laura and I’m from a cute small village in the heart of Switzerland. I’m one of the eight freshly trained spring pinkies and already I can’t imagine not wearing pink. I like KISC a lot because it is the only place I know where you can use a steamcleaner in awesome company, bake cinnamon carrot cake with the view of such breathtaking mountains and meet people in the freezer wearing a ski helmet. Normally you will find me around the house stuffing people with Swiss chocolate (as every Swiss person should do). So if you’re hungry, find me.
anna (FI) - staff development director
Moromoi, I’m Anna from Finland! When I’m not busy eating dog food, I enjoy working and spending time with my beautiful fellow Pinkies. I was a short termer in 2008, after which I have worked in Catering, Programme and Campsite. Now I’m back to take care of the most valuable thing at KISC: the staff! On my days off I like to enjoy the mountains around me and practice my high altitude napping skills.
Erling (NO) - Internal Services Director
Hello there! I am Erling from Norway, and I am the Internal Services Director here at KISC. You could basically find me everywhere looking after the infrastructure, outdoor property and other internal services here. In my time off I like to be out doing fun things like hiking or skiing in these beautiful surroundings of Kandersteg.
Olivia (CH) - spring 2016
Grüezi, my name is Olivia and I am from this great little country called Switzerland! I’m one of the happy Spring Shorties at KISC. It’s my first time at Kandersteg and I love it! As a real Swissie I like Chocolate, Cows and of course Fondue, with a lot of cheese! When I’m not eating nice Swiss food, I like to be outside and go hiking, climbing or skiing in the mountains. And spring is the best season for all that, because it’s the end of the winter and the start of summer!
Oscar (SE) - assistant programme director
HellO! My name is Oscar, and I´m your normal non-friendly, boring, depressive swedish person. When I´m not busy doing unfun and non impressive stuff, I usually spend my time in the mountains doing either hiking, climbing or skiing. I also very much enjoy boardgames of different kinds, and tee, lots and lots of tee. Also, I´m normally quite fun-friendly.
NinnA (DK) - house Manager
Halløj, My name is Ninna, and I come from the flat flat Denmark. I am very happy to again be surrounded by the mighty mountains here in Kandersteg! I have taken up the challenge to be House manager here at KISC, and I`m very excited about it! On my days off I like to go exploring, if it`s going on a hike or going to one of the bigger cities and see what they have to offer. I also like to just have a relaxing day once in a while with a good movie. Its just amazing to be back here at KISC!
miinjung (KR) - Spring 2016
An-nyung! I am MInjung from Korea. I have joined Spring season. I think Spring season is the most fantastic season in KISC. Do you know why I take a picture like this? Unfortunately I lost my phone a couple days ago. But I just smile happily. Because I am here at KISC. If you have any misfortune, KISC always makes you happy and smile. I think KISC will be super awesome place for me and you.
adam (uk) - Reception Assistant
Hey! My name is Adam and I’m the Reception Assistant here at KISC! I come from the North of England where it rains a lot and there are mountains sometimes. Once, I woke up to an unfamiliar sheep in my garden which was an exhilarating experience. I named him Bernard! After only planning to be here for the Autumn of 2015, I soon fell in love with Kandersteg and decided to extend my stay after just 2 weeks. Now, I get to greet guests and sit at a desk with a stunning view out of the window on a daily basis!
arnor (IS) - programme administration Manager
Arnór was an STS in summer 2014 and Snow&Ice guide in 2015. He enjoys Wes Anderson movies, biology, melancholic music, beer and nice woolen sweaters. You will either find him dancing on tables or eating stinky fish in the staff room. Even though Arnór is from Iceland he can’t ski or skate, so be nice to him. As a reward, he might teach you how to “bottom shoe.”
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) - DIRECTOR
Olá, My name is Felipe (aka FlipFlop) and I am the 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.
inge (NL) - Spring 2016
Hallo allemaal! I am Inge and I am from the Netherlands, where all people cycle to work and eat licorice and stroopwafels the whole day (as everyone seems to think). I looked forward to this experience, and finally I am here in the beautiful surroundings of the mountains and the snow and don't forget the awesome people I have met so far. It is amazing to be here! On my days off I like to try things I have never done before such as skiing, airboarding and exploring Switserland. But I also love to sleep and to eat Swiss chocolate (of course!). Tot ziens!
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.
rachel (ca) - house assistant
Hello! My name is Rachel and I am from Canada! I came to KISC for the first time as a shortie in winter and instantly fell in love! I really enjoy biking (although I should stay away from Trotti biking for a while...), movies, popcorn, maple syrup and skiing. I hope you can come and live the dream too :)
Niall (IE) - maintenance manager
Hi! I’m Nial from the mighty wee country called Ireland! I am the new Maintenance Manager, so all this is new to me, so don’t worry about being nervous coming here we are all on the same boat.I am a nice and friendly guy but you may find it hard to understand me but I have my own personal translator called as Arnor! One other thing is that you will find out when you arrive here is that as we say back in Ireland “you would never beat the Irish”!
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.
Siobhán (uk) - reception manager
Wassup I’m Siobhán from the UK. Hailing from the big smoke, London to be specific, I am partial to a strong cup of tea. I am often complimented for my super professional, clear and elegant Queen’s English accent and practice my passion, office ping pong, when possible. Having been Reception Manager for 6 months now I would like to believe that I rule the front office with an iron fist. But the reality is that our office cat Von Bon can reduce me to a googly mess. If you want to get on my good side provide me with an abundance of dairy milk/galaxy chocolate or cool stationary.
paul (uk) - grounds manager
Hello, I’m Paul from the UK. Spring is arriving once more and we have several Work Parties coming to Kandersteg to help us and it is my job to keep these people enthusiastic and focussed on our work instead of staring at the amazing scenery here. So if you come and try to find us, you might see us collecting leaves on the campsite, making everything look pretty for our guests in Summer or taking the recycling to the village. But without a doubt, one of my favourite things here at KISC is the opportunity to work with interesting people from all over the world, and to try some of their local delicacies. Particularly the Spanish Tortilla and the Dutch Stroopwafels!
josh (NZ) - Spring 2016
Hi, my name is Josh and I come from a land far away called New Zealand. Bit of a shock coming from the middle of summer to what feels like the middle of winter with plenty of snow. This season you will most likely see me deep cleaning the buildings, cooking mean feeds in the kitchen and spinning yarns at dinner. In my spare time I will be up and about in the mountains blasting some good old kiwi music, eating fondue, sweating it out in the sauna and meeting new people.
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!
Emma (DK) - Spring 2016
Hej. I'm Emma from Denmark, but for now you will find me as Short Term Staff here at KISC. I have traded in the flat fields of Denmark with this beautiful mountain scenery and I'm looking forward to everything these three months will bring: cheese, new friendships and cleaning toilets. What's not to like? On my days of you'll find me hanging out with Von Bon or Olave, watching tv series or hiding in the fridge looking for leftovers. Look for Shaun the Sheep slippers, and you'll find me!
katarina (sk) - pr & marketing assistant
Ahoj! My heart beats in the middle of Europe- in Slovakia. I'm a Minion lover, who likes the smell of sleeping bag and nature after rain, quitar sessions around campfire with people who can't actually sing, parking tractor with the trailer, wet and wild dancing, the sound of bicycle wheels, photoshophing, posting statuses and PRomoting the most beautiful place on the earth .... and opening presents!
Monika (LT) - Administration and Finance Assistant
Labas! I am Monika from a small country in the middle of Europe (at least we claim that) – Lithuania. At the moment I spend my best days here, at KISC! Usually you can find me in the admin office between the mountains of folders and piles of papers. All the other time I will be walking outside and enjoying Alps, reading a book in a cozy spot or learning how to sky (mission (im)possible).
seb (AU) - Spring 2016
G’day Mate, I’m Seb from the Australia. I love to travel and I love Scouting so I think it was inevitable that I would try to make my way to KISC. And since I’ve started my shortie season I’ve loved every minute of it! KISC allows me to experience many of the things I love. From making new friends from different cultures to the beautiful Swiss Alps. When I’m not busy working you might be able to find me enjoying a quick coffee break. All I can say is bring the rest of Spring!
Max (NL) - spring 2016
Hoi! I’m Max from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is really great to be at KISC this spring. Since my arrival, I have done cool stuff like: skiing, airboarding and sledding. When the snow melts and the mountains are green again, I want to hike and try out the toboggan run. I have had my first days in catering and house now and I’m looking forward to work in maintenance and grounds!
lisa (SE) - programme development assistant
Hej, Hejsan and Hallojsan! I’m Lisa from the happy, singing Sweden. If I’m not sitting on my chair in the front office or talking to guest at the counter, I’m probably out somewhere on the campsite preparing for an amazing campfire or preparing other exciting activities. When I’m not sitting on my chair, at the counter or out on the campsite I’m probably off. When I’m off you will probably find me crusing down a slope, hiking around in the mountains or planning exciting adventures. Hope to see you here at KISC!
Von Bon (CH) - 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.