Our Chalet family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
Usha Gautam (Nepal) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi I am Usha and I am from Nepal. I have been a Scout from my school days. Scouting is wonderful part of my school days. Scouting is wonderful part of my life. I love to do Scouting activities such as camps, hikes, and games. I am here to know more about Scouting, gain new experiences, and enjoy the snow.
Grace Bunton (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi, I’m Grace, I’m a Winter volunteer for
2018-19, and I’m from Tasmania, Australia. I’m 23, and I’ve wanted to visit Our
Chalet since I was 7 years old. Back home, I’m an Olave Program member (18-30
year olds), a Unit Helper for 7-11 year olds, and completing my Outdoor Leader
qualification. I love skiing, and I am so excited to spend this winter skiing
as much as possible, but also making the most of meeting all sorts of people
and enjoying the international Guiding experience.
Caroline Pile (Wales) : Marketing and Communications Intern
Hey! My name is Caroline, I’m 21 and will be the Marketing and Communications Intern for winter season. I am from Wales in the UK where I have been part of Girlguiding UK, since I was a Rainbow aged 5. I am now an assistant Rainbow and Ranger leader. Through Girlguiding I have been given an array of opportunities from international trips to places like South Korea to attending The Academy 2018 in Macedonia and I am currently the chair of Dyfodol y Ddraig the Girlguiding Cymru youth forum. I have recently graduated from university where I studied Spatial and Interior Design and hope to put these design skills to use. I am really excited about spending winter at Our Chalet and I’m looking forward to exploring Switzerland and playing in the snow.
Anna Finster (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi my name is Anna and I’m from Australia.
I’m super excited to be a winter volunteer at Our Chalet between finishing high
school and starting university. I have been a Guide since I was 10 and now I
lead with a group called Rainbow Guides who are aged from 7-10 years old. I was
lucky enough to visit Our Chalet with South Australian continent when I was 14
and hope to bring guests visiting here the same amazing experience the group of
volunteers I had brought me when I came.
Tomoko Nakashima (Japan): Our Chalet Assistant
I’m Tomoko and from Japan. I have been a
Girl Scout of Japan for 15 years. I’m a leader for Brownies in my country. It
has always been a dream of mine to be part of the Our Chalet family. That’s why
I decided to volunteer at Our Chalet and my dream has come true! I am hoping to
experience some precious memories during my time at Our Chalet.
Ines Naylor (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi, I’m Ines but I go by Nes. I’m a winter
volunteer for 2018/19. This is my second season here, I am looking forward to
new adventures and meeting new people. I’m currently on a gap year before I start my
business degree at university. I have been in Guides since I was 10 and I’m now
a leader with Brighton Brownies. In Australia, I love walking along the beach,
hiking and travelling. Since 2014, I have wanted to come to Our Chalet and
Switzerland. I’m super excited to volunteer at Our Chalet this winter.
Catherine (Northern Ireland/UK) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hey, my name is Catherine and I am 19 years
old. I am part of Girlguiding UK and a Guide leader in Liverpool, England. My
family is from Northern Ireland. I have
just finished sixth form/college. I am a winter volunteer here at Our Chalet.
This is my first time living away from home, so it’s very exciting! I really
enjoy skiing, which I will hopefully be able to practice here.
Corina McBride (USA) : Programme Intern
Hello world! I’m Corina McBride and I hail
from sunny Florida (USA). I graduated from the University of Florida in May 2018
with a degree in Environmental Science from the School of Forestry and
Conservation. I then held a 9-5 desk job in California for six months where I
discovered that is not my calling! I’m passionate about environmental
sustainability and helping people understand the importance of their natural
surroundings which is why I’m ecstatic to have this position and interact with
change makers from around the world.
Victoria Dodge (New Zealand) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi, I'm Victoria and I'm an Our Chalet Assistant for the winter 2018/19 season. I'm 19 years old and I'm from Christchurch, New Zealand. I joined Guiding as a Pippin when I was 5 years old and am now a leader for Pippins (5-6 yrs old) and Brownies (7-9 yrs old). After visiting Sangam twice as a Ranger, I then came to Our Chalet last year for my 18th birthday and loved it so much I decided to come back as a volunteer. I'm so excited to be spending the winter months here at Our Chalet and can't wait to meet people from all over the world during my time here.
Annabelle Cole (New Zealand) : Guest Services Intern
Tēnā koe, I am Annabelle Cole from New Zealand. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Design with Honours. I am interested in the impact of art and design on our lives. I am passionate about environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and art and design communication as a field of change. I am volunteering at Out Chalet for 3 months before I start with Woolworths New Zealand, on their Countdown Graduate Scheme, as their Logistics Graduate. I am passionate about Girl Guiding and the opportunities it gives young women to grow, have fun, meet people and to experience many different challenges.
Tanya Tulloch (USA) : Our Chalet World Centre manager
I have been at Chalet since 2013, arriving from Beaverton, Oregon where I worked for Columbia River Girl Scout Council for 12 years as a manager. As a Girl Scout growing up in Kentucky I liked to participate in adventure activities like rappelling, hiking and camping. I have fallen in love with snow sports during my adult life in the Cascade Mountains.
The idea of reaching the mission of WAGGGS through the outdoor adventure and leadership experiences is what draws me to Our Chalet. My background is in camp management, volunteer development and strategic planning. I am proud to call Adelboden and the mountains of Switzerland home and look forward to sharing them with you.
Rosie Greaves (UK) : Guest services coordinator
Hi I'm Rosie and I'm from from Cambridgeshire in the UK. In 2010 I was a Spring Volunteer here at Our Chalet. Since then, I have mostly been working in France, but have managed to make regular return visits. Now I'm very excited to be back in the Swiss Alps. I have been involved in Guiding since I was five. I continue to help out at my local Rainbow, Brownie and Guide meetings and events whenever during my flying visits to the UK. In my free time, I enjoy horse riding, hiking, exploring new hiking routes as well as re-visiting my old favourites. In the winter I am like to play in the snow and try to ski. I also enjoy exploring new cities and countries, trying new food and hopefully learning some of the local language along the way.
Sarah Wach (USA) : Deputy World Centre manager, programmes
I'm Sarah and I am from sunny Miami, Florida in the USA. I've been a Scout for over 20 years and have filled many roles within the movement, eventually finding my home here at Our Chalet. Growing up near the ocean means I spent a lot of time snorkelling, SCUBA diving and kayaking, but relish the opportunity to spend so much time playing in the snow in this winter paradise. I try to get outdoors as much as possible, using my free time to hike, raft, sledge and ski. Here at Our Chalet my heart lies in the programmes and the people. I especially enjoy challenging young people to try things they never thought possible (both guests and staff alike).
Simone Voit (Germany) : Programme coordinator
Hallo, I’m Simone and I’m from Germany. Before finally making it to the beautiful valley of Adelboden I was living in the USA, Norway and Austria.
I’ve been a Scout since I was 8. In my association we sing a lot, so I can play the guitar. Walking up mountains is one of my passions, just as much as snowboarding, but I also do not mind a cozy night in with tea and a movie.
Adrian Topic (Slovenia) : Grounds and maintenance assistant
My name is Adrian, I am 30 years old and I come from Slovenia. For the last few years I have been working as a professional truck driver. I have always loved nature and the outdoors ever since I was a child, especially the forest. I have also been a volunteer fire fighter for the past 15 years. I am looking forward to working at Our Chalet and discovering more about life here in the Swiss Alps.
Nicole Grossen-Wilhelm (Switzerland) : Bookkeeper
Nicole is one of several Swiss members of our long term staff team. She studied accounting which eventually brought her to Our Chalet as a bookkeeper. Nicole Swiss at heart, as a life time devotee to snow sports and was a ski instructor at Adelboden Ski and Snowboard school for several years. She has two young children and a very patient husband. Nicole works with us one day a week. However, we are always badgering her to come more often, if just for her beginner ski tips. She is also one of those efficient, hard working young women who simply knows how to just "fix things" when it comes to numbers, or taking calls in Schwytzerdütsch, an exotic language which none of us can really understand. She is fun too and joins us keenly in laughing at our office fun.
Ray Davis (UK) : Deputy World Centre manager, operations
I grew up in the UK where I was involved in both Girlguiding and Scouting. As an adult I spent several years living in the USA, in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Oregon. I also worked in Austria and Sweden and spent six months in New Zealand. In my free time I like to be outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, sledding, and cycling. I also enjoy flying and have flown light aircrafts solo.
Skippy Storrow (Switzerland) : Mouse catcher
Skippy is from Adelboden in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Her Scouting experience is vast. She has spent much of her time at Our Chalet and is currently our longest serving staff member.
She loves to explore the grass, eat bugs, mice and protect the grounds from possible predators like marmots and slugs. In her free time she enjoys sleeping in the sunshine or a cardboard box on someone's desk.