Volunteering at KISC
Every season at KISC starts with one or 2 weeks of staff training that is compulsory for all Short Term Staff. If you aren't able to join for the full training, we might need to offer the volunteering spot to another applicant.
Although the number of guests after the Winter usually declines the work to be done remains full steam ahead. A large part of the daily work involves getting ready for the Summer! The Campsite needs to be prepared to welcome thousands of guests, the Chalet must be cleaned after the Winter, and we always have larger projects to run in the Spring. Most of the time, you will be working in our House team making sure our facilities are clean, or in our Catering team preparing food. During the Spring season, many Work Parties come to the Centre. These are groups of Scouts who devote their time to help us out for a week with the work around the Campsite, our facilities, or on specific projects. You will get the chance to work with them and meet a lot of new friends during those days.
Summer is our busiest period of the year with around 8’000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world visiting us. The Staff team has a very important task to give them the camp of a lifetime. Summer Short Term Staff are organised into three teams: Campsite, Chalet Services, and Programme. Those working on Campsite work together with the Long Term Staff cleaning facilities, helping guests and assisting in recycling and waste management. Short Term Staff working in Chalet Services work alongside the Long Term Staff preparing meals, cleaning facilities, checking guests in and out of their accommodation, and working in our souvenir shop. Those working in Programme guide either hiking, climbing or on-site activities. Because of the high number of guests we also need more Staff members, around 80 in total.
The lower number of guests in Autumn months does not mean that there is less work to be done. Most of the time, you will be working in our House team making sure our facilities are clean, or in our Catering team preparing food. You will also spend some of your work time outside, preparing the grounds for the following year and closing the Campsite. There are trees to be cut down, buildings to repair, firewood to be chopped, and rooms to be deep cleaned before Winter comes. As in Spring, many Work Parties will come to the Centre. These are groups of Scouts who devote their time to help us out for a week with the work around the Campsite, our facilities, or on specific projects. You will get the chance to work with them and meet a lot of new friends during those days.
The Winter turns Kandersteg and KISC into a winter wonderland. You can go skiing or sledging, have snowball fights and have cosy evenings around the fire. Many groups of Scouts and Guides stay at the Centre during the Winter so you could be working as a winter activity guide or ski guide, working in the Shop, running evening activities or serving meals. Most of the time we don’t have that many activities running, and you will be working in our House team making sure our facilities are clean, or in our Catering team preparing food. Staff celebrate Christmas together with a special programme, and during the Christmas week, we run a special programme of activities for our guests ending with a big New Years Eve Celebration.
As a Long Term Staff having a specific role brings different kinds of seasonal tasks. It differs from a job position to a job position. We encourage you to ask about seasonal tasks of the position you are applying for during your interview.