Hi! I’m Liv, from Australia, and I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be an Our Chalet Summer Assistant in 2016! Sadly, Summer has come to an end, and so has my time at the Chalet. I have done so many amazing things that I never thought I’d be able to do. I’ve hiked mountains, cooked meals for well over 80 people, and visited many places, all whilst living in the most beautiful place in the world! The thing that has impacted me most though, are the people that I have been lucky enough to call friends and work-mates for the past three months, my fellow volunteers! Not only are they unique and incredible people, but they have been like family to me at my time at the Chalet.
Get to know my friends : The Vollies
Mary Ofure (Ofure means peace), (26) is from Nigeria and at home she is a teacher.
She has an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humour. Mary is an amazing story teller and I have spent many nights listening to her stories and laughing so hard that I’ve started crying. She is also very caring and thoughtful and I have often joked that she was like my ‘Chalet Mum’.
Megan (19) is from Canada and at home she is studying bio-chemistry at university.
Megan is caring, hard working, focused, and is fantastic to work with. She is also hilarious, and so easy to get along with. Something you might not know about Megan is that she’s an incredible singer, and one of my fondest memory of her is when she (reluctantly) sang a Grace before dinner, and impressed both guests and staff with her beautiful voice.
Setavya (23) is from Sri-Lanka and at home she is studying business in university in India.
She has the most beautiful smile and her bright, positive personality lights up every room she is in. Seth (her Chalet nickname) is incredibly intelligent and hard-working. She is so friendly and caring, and is always offering to help. Something you might not know about Seth is that she plays the Oriental Flute, and gave us a performance on International Night.
Laura (18) is from the USA and at home she studying psychology at university.
Laura is outgoing and always smiling. She has a great sense of humour and loves to laugh. She is great to work with because she makes work fun and there’s never a dull moment when she’s around. Something that you might not know about Laura is that she’s studying to become a teacher, and she is amazing at giving directions and helping people.
Virginia (23) is from Mexico and at home, she has just graduated with a degree in business.
She is so easy to talk to and always knows how to cheer you up and make you smile. She loves to travel and I have been lucky enough to be able to go on many adventures with her. Together we have visited many places including Gruyere (cheese and chocolate!), Bern, Zurich and Basel. I can’t wait to go on more adventures with her in the future.
Chloe (21) is from the USA and is going into her final year at university, studying film.
Chloe is very creative and is amazing at photography and film-making. It has been very handy having her around! As well as being talented, Chloe is very thoughtful and is always smiling and willing to help out. Something you might not know about Chloe is that she is a master Pokemon catcher, and has caught all the Pokemon in the Adelboden valley!
Tinashe (21) is from Malawi and is studying journalism in university.
She is incredibly warm and has an amazing smile. Tinashe also has a great sense of humour and always knows how to make you laugh. Something you might not know about Tinashe is that she is a guest services expert, and is amazing at cleaning dishes, bathrooms and common areas! She has also grown into an amazing leader during her time at the Chalet.
Kelly (19) is from the USA and is studying science at university.
Kelly has an amazing personality and is always positive and ready to help. She always has a smile on her face and is very approachable and easy to talk to. Something you might not know about Kelly is that she knows every campfire song ever written and is never afraid to share them with you!
Lindsay (19) is from the USA and is studying science at university.
Lindsay is incredibly loud and has a great sense of humour. Not only was she my roommate, but she was like a sister to me at the Chalet. She is great at listening, giving advice and making you laugh when you are feeling down. One of my fondest memories of her was when we travelled to Milan together. I can’t wait to have more adventures with her in the future!
I have had the most unbelievable Summer at Our Chalet, and it wouldn’t have been the same without the incredible staff and volunteers that I have been lucky enough to live and work with. It is hard to leave people who have made somewhere on the other side of the world, far away from where you are from, feel like home.
I just want to say thanks, to each and every one of you, and remember:
‘This is goodnight and not goodbye’.
Olivia Dye – Our Chalet Assistant Summer 2016