Why volunteer at KISC
Experience of a lifetime
Live the Dream!
Since the opening of the Centre in 1923, scout volunteers are keeping the dream of Lord Baden Powell about the Permanent Mini Jamboree alive.
They have been doing this for over 95 years, and we need you to come and keep the dream alive for the future generations! Apart from living in the Swiss mountains, making new international friends, and having the time of your life, you will also be contributing to World Scouting and our dream of a better world. Those who have been staff at Kandersteg often say it was the best time of their lives and it has changed them forever!
Help to build peace
Volunteering at KISC is an example of living in peace despite the mixture of different cultures, religions, background, opinions and traditions.
At KISC, all are equal, independent of any personal characteristics or background. We perceive each other as brothers and sisters in scouting. Peace is a key element in the creation of a better world, and we want to encourage you to bring this living model of peace wherever they will go in life after KISC.
Learn new skills
There are more and more employers who appreciate candidates with a range of soft skills and luckily, volunteering at KISC will give you plenty of those!
You are faced with challenges, you work and live with scouts from different backgrounds and cultures, you manage and execute processes and all these often while adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills! KISC is a combination of Scout Youth Centre with a tourism & hospitality business twist; therefore there is a wide range of different working areas like catering, housekeeping, administration and finance, reception, programme, maintenance, grounds, marketing etc. At KISC you can apply your experience and hard skills from previous work, or if you are just fresh from school, KISC will boost you with a new set of hard skills you can apply in your future job!
Give back to a cause you believe in - Scouting!
We believe that your reason for volunteering at KISC should begin where your passion lie. Let your love for Scouting create positive change in the world!
At KISC, You will enable other people to come and learn about the world and nature, but also about international Scouting and themselves. Allow your actions to be led from a place of passionate intention to create a better world. All the hard work will be worth it, you will be more committed to scouting, and as a result, your impact will be then much bigger.
Become part of a new ever extending family
Every 3 months, a group of Scouts and Guides arrive in Kandersteg as strangers. Every 3 months, the same group of Scouts and Guides leave as friends.
At KISC, you create memories and friends for life! After your time at KISC, you will belong to the ever-growing family spread all over the world, and you will all share unique memories. Do you wonder how the staff structure looks like? See here our organisational chart for the details of our staff structure.
Change someone's life
Your actions at the Centre, whether big or small will have an impact on someone’s life.
By cooking for 400 scouts or cleaning the Chalet, you are making the experience of our guests better and inspire them to do good deeds and help each other. By hiking with a scout group in the Alps, showing and teaching them about all that natural beauty, you are helping them to appreciate and protect more the beauty we are given as well as inspiring them to take actions towards responsible eco behaviour when they come back home. Then they can inspire other young people to behave more respectfully to natural resources and create a better quality of life for generations to come because of you. That is powerful stuff!