My Personal Project at Our Chalet – Lizzie (UK)

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I am a final year University student studying Primary Education, specialising in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at the University of Cumbria. It has always been my dream since visiting Our Chalet on a day tour in 2012 to return as a volunteer. So here I am…. a summer vollie 2017!

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During my final months at University before coming to Our Chalet for the summer I was working on an idea for my dissertation. I decided that Our Chalet would be a great opportunity to complete my project on. Therefore, I am looking at the influence that the opportunities provided by Our Chalet has on members of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. I have begun by interviewing some of the long term staff about their opinions and experiences here. Also, I am giving questionnaires out to all leaders that visit Our Chalet this summer to gain their opinions and thoughts too. My main hope is that I will get opinions from all around the world.

All of the responses I have had so far are super positive about the influence of Our Chalet. Many have described some of its main attributes to be gaining leadership skills, lifelong international friendships and some have explained that it is an environment that accepts everybody.  During my time at Our Chalet I have been lucky enough to have experienced all of these things!

During my time so far I have seen and done so many amazing new things that I hope many more people will get the opportunity to experience. Here are a few pictures to show the diversity of my experiences so far :

The Adventure park where we zip lined across the river so many times I lost count and abseiled off the bridge!

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Swimming and being fully submerged for five seconds in a Glacier lake for my staff challenge. I enjoyed the swim after a while.

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I’ve climbed many mountains to see the stunning views.

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I have seen many cows including waking up at 5am to watch the cows go onto the alp for the summer.

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And by the end of the season I will have hopefully achieved many more new things as well as having my dissertation research completed!

Elizabeth Nutbrown, United Kingdom : Our Chalet Assistant, Summer 2017.

Hailey’s World Centres Story (USA)

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My name is Hailey and I am from the United States. I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelors Degree in Community Planning. Currently, I am a 2017 Spring Volunteer at Our Chalet and come the end of May, I will be moving to Sangam to be a Long Term Monsoon Season Volunteer.

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5 Fun Things To Do In Switzerland! – Poppy (UK)

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When I arrived at Our Chalet to work as an Our Chalet Assistant for the Winter 2016-17 season, I had little idea of all of the exciting adventures that were to come over my 3 month stay here. Both locally in Adelboden and nationally within Switzerland there is a huge range of activities on offer that will suit travellers of any tastes, and listed below are what I think are 5 of the best close by to Our Chalet!

1. Go on a day trip to Lucerne

The Swiss public transport system is very easy to navigate, and I found travelling around using it extremely convenient. One of my favourite places I visited was Lucerne, which is around 2.5 hours from Adelboden by bus and train. When I visited, the Swiss Carnival ‘Fasnacht’ was taking place there, so the city was a riot of parades, marching bands and fancy dress alongside the historical sites such as the Kapellbrücke and the Lion Monument.

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 2. Take a gondola up a mountain

According to the Our Chalet song lyrics, the Chalet is located ‘High up, high on the mountain’, but if you want to get even higher up the mountains, the Chalet lies close to the Adelboden Oey gondola station, from which you can go up the mountain Silleren. When you reach the top, you can relax by enjoying the amazing views, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can even challenge yourself to do the Climbing Tower high ropes course – just make sure you have a head for heights or some encouraging friends to cheer you on!

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3. Skiing

I couldn’t mention the mountains without giving a nod to my favourite winter sport: skiing. The Adelboden-Lenk ski region has over 210km of pistes, and includes everything from the easiest blue runs for beginners to the black Ski World Cup run on Chuenisbärgli to test even the most experienced skiers – although I’ve not dared to do the World Cup piste in my time here, I do love to watch people whizzing down it at speed from the blue and red runs that intersect it.

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4. Go on a tour at Kandersteg International Scout Centre17238396_925943764207433_1760207782_n

Most of our guests here at Our Chalet come from Guiding and Scouting backgrounds, and are excited to be visiting a WAGGGS World Centre for the first time – but did you know that just over the mountain tops in the neighbouring valley lies another centre of international scouting? Run by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, KISC is about an hour away from Our Chalet using public transport. I went on a tour there with my fellow staff members from the Chalet and found that it was oddly familiar yet also so different to Our Chalet. All in all, it was a really cool experience, and I would certainly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about international Scouting.

5. Experience Swiss Christmas Traditions

From going to Christmas markets in Bern, to being part of Our Chalet’s Neighbours’ Christmas Celebration, I really got to experience what an authentic Swiss Christmas is all about during my time as a winter volunteer. I think my favourite Swiss Christmastime tradition is also the one that I found the most unusual: having real life candles on the Christmas tree! Although this might be considered a big fire safety hazard by some, putting lit candles on your Christmas tree is the norm in much of Switzerland, and it certainly is very pretty!

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