It has been slowly announced over the course of the past few weeks, but this week a lot of goodbyes will have to be made as the Summer Short Term Staff will leave this Saturday while the new Autumn STS arrive on Sunday. Already last week we had to say goodbye to fellow Pinkies; Helen (IE) had to leave a couple of days earlier and this Monday our shop manager Alex' (CA) flight back to Canada will take off from Zurich airport. The remaining Short Term Staff won't have much time to feel sad, as we still have a busy week ahead of us with all the departments closing down and a lot of deep cleaning still ahead of us - the entire New Chalet and Staff Room will be cleaned thoroughly to welcome new guests and 8 new Short Term Staff over Autumn. And of course everyone is getting excited for Staff Day Out on Thursday which everyone has been looking forward to the entire season. The day itself is still shrouded in mystery as the organizers decided to keep all relating information classified, the location as well as the activity are still top secret! Only one thing is certain: This day will be a blast!
One special thing about the second last week in Summer are the department parties which are organized instead of a Staff Night Out. Every department has its own little get together with a nice dinner some evening during the week and only the Staff working in that department are invited and can celebrate what they have achieved that Summer. It all started off last Sunday with the Support Staff barbecue at our General Director Myriam's (CH) place. On Wednesday it was time for Campsite to celebrate their contribution to the season in Thun, and on Friday everyone from Chalet Services jumped on a boat and drove off to an island on Lake Thun to have barbecue there. Programme had their closing celebration at the Upper Hut, and already the way to get there was an event by itself: The first official Upper Hut Trophy was created, a race to the Upper Hut, either on bike or by foot, to seee who could get there first. Our Assistant Programme Director Matt (UK) arrived there first after 42 minutes of running and beat the incoming Programme Director Jon (UK) on a bike into third place. A nice way to start his next three years here at KISC!
And despite the celebrations going on this week, work has still to be done at the Centre. This week saw the beginning of the renovation of the Irish Room. More on this in the next Latest News.
By the end of the week, the big walk of the cows here in Kandersteg has also begun, farmers taking their cows down from the mountains to the valley for Winter can be seen (and heard!) walking past the Centre; a spectacular event for Staff and guests as many could be seen standing alongside the road taking pictures or filming the parade of the animals. And just as the cows are returning to lower lands now, many guests and Staff will return to the lowlands as well, whereas everyone staying at KISC is looking forward to enjoying the quieter weeks ahead of us.
Pol Felten (LU)
PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT