And so it's over... Summer is over! I cannot believe it, it feels like just yesterday we were telling you about the Summer Short Term Staff arriving from all over the world and now they are gone. Yesterday and the day before it was time to get rucksacks and bags ready and to hug and wave 'bye' to all 33 of them. It has been a great season that ended with a lovely Staff Day Out involving brunch on the top of Niesen, a rafting trip on the Aare River from Thun to Bern and a nice dinner. So 'bye' Summer Staff 2010 and thanks for so many awesome adventures!
Today, all the Pinkies are in a state of excitement because in less than eight hours the new Autumn STS will arrive and the Autumn season will kick off! We are expecting nine Short Term Staff from Sweden, Norway, Brazil, UK, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, Spain and Switzerland. We have also welcomed Alexandros from Greece and Matt from the UK, the new Reception Manager and Assistant Programme Director, respectively. To help the nerves of those that have just arrived and to get to know each other a little better, we will start the season with a fun session of ice-breaker games and presentations, followed by a lovely Swiss raclette for dinner tonight. We will then begin a whole week of training. By the end of the week, it will feel like we have all known each other for years and there will be nothing our STS wouldn't be able to do!
Life at KISC is slowly getting quieter. The crowds of chatty, smiley Scouts from July and August has been replaced by a smaller number of Scout families, small groups and individuals visiting KISC for their annual Autumn holiday or as a stop over during their European tour. This week we are happy to welcome Scouts and Guides from Germany, Switzerland, USA, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, UK, the Netherlands and India - the Permanent Mini-Jamboree is more alive than ever, just resized to Autumn dimensions.
A real part of Autumn season at KISC is always a room renovation, as you all know. So here is an update of the Arabian Suite Renovation, which started almost two weeks ago with the stripping out of the old rooms. It has been long and extremely dusty work for our Pinkies to rip apart those rooms, but they made it and now a new phase of the project is starting. Michael (DE) - Maintenance Assistant - is currently levelling the floor beams. This job is quite important and challenging and it will keep him busy for the next few days. Once the floor is level and we are able to walk on it, it will be time for the rooms to take on a more defined shape with new walls. As always we'll keep you updated on all the work in progress.
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)
PR & Marketing Assistant