Jobs

Every year we fill our summer camps with fun loving people, staff of outdoor fanatics who love to teach and inspire and know how to help campers see, hear, smell and feel our surroundings.

Mission

The Summer Sessions mission is to enable young students aged 10 to 15 to learn and improve their proficiency in German and  English and enjoy a diverse cultural and social programme with plenty of sports and exciting activities.

The job of working with children at the summer sessions is an extremely rewarding one. Being staff at camp requires a great deal of stamina and enthusiasm. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop, practice, and share your skills, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation for community-oriented social atmosphere. Staff members must be receptive to the campers and take very seriously the responsibility of nurturing these children in a safe and interactive environment.

Requirements and Key Qualifications 

  • You must be over 21 years of age. 

  • You have previous experience and/or training in the supervision of children and in summer camps.
  • You have a good knowledge of English and/or German. Knowledge of other languages (Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic) is an asset.

  • You are enthusiastic and can nurture students' learning and personal development. You lead by example, are punctual, polite and have a positive authority with the students; you have the patience, skills and energy to deal with challenging situations in an effective and professional manner. 

  • You do not possess any past or current criminal convictions.

  • When on duty you comply with an absolute no alcohol and no smoking policy.

Important Dates and Staff Availability 

  • 9 July 2019 from 14:00 onwards - staff arrival

  • 10 July 2019 - start of 4-day staff orientation programme

  • 14 July 2019 - official start of Montana Summer Sessions, students arrive

  • 10 August 2019 - closure of Montana Summer Sessions, students depart

  • 11 August 2019 - staff depart after lunch.

External first-time staff members are required to work for the full Summer Session programme (4-weeks). Please be advised that no exceptions can be made.

Orientation and Training

Members of staff are required to be present, four days before camp begins. During this period, staff will be provided with information, given training and will be integrated into the summer camp team. Teachers and boarding staff are recruited for the teaching of languages and/or sport and as active participants in boarding house life. Members of staff provide care for the students throughout the day.

Training will include first aid and emergency procedures, preventing bullying, risk management, group dynamics, camper behaviour management, and preparation for activity instruction.

Responsibilities

The main specialist responsibilities you will be carrying out during the Summer Sessions could include:

Language Teacher (EFL qualification and experience necessary)

You teach an English language course for a small group of students on a beginner or an intermediate level. The courses are taught every morning from Monday to Friday between breakfast and lunch. Based on a predefined curriculum, you engage the students in your lessons and support them individually in improving their language proficiency.

Activities Mentor 

You guide the students through a two-week activity theme in defined areas. The two sessions for the activity themes will take place during the afternoon. Topic excursions are included on Wednesday afternoons. The activity themes are: business & leadership, science & technology, creativity & arts. 

Sports Mentor 

You organize and coach a varied sports programme for the students on campus. The two sports sessions of this programme stream take place in the afternoon, alternating with the other activity themes. The sports programme should include team building activities, challenges and competitions for which prizes will be given at the end of the two sessions.

Boarding Mentor

You supervise the boarding students after the daily programme, during meal times and while on excursions. You support the weekend programme and, with the whole team, create enriching activities to foster cultural learning and communication between the students.

Interships: Activities and Sports Supporters

We offer internships to our recent graduates as Activities and Sports Supporters. As a Montana graduate you do not have to be 21 years old nor have any previous working experience but you need to be eligible for a Swiss working permit. 

The above summaries are just an outline of the main responsibilities and should be used as a guideline only. Detailed Job descriptions will be discussed in the staff induction programme.

Work permit, Remuneration and Insurance

Swiss or EU-25 or EFTA country applications

We can and will consider applications from candidates who 

  • are Swiss nationals 

  • have a valid Swiss working permit

  • are eligible to obtain a short-term working permit in Switzerland. This will not normally be a problem if you are a citizen of an EU-25 or EFTA country and hold a European passport.

Non-European Applications

  • Due to Swiss law it is impossible for international schools like ours to obtain work permits for non-EU citizens. For this reason, we are afraid but applications from persons without an EU passport or Swiss work permit will not be taken into consideration.

Remuneration

  • Remuneration is attractive, competitive and based on qualifications, experience of individual staff members,  responsibilities and rotas.

  • The remuneration package includes full accomodation and board. Rooms are single gender and usually comprise two beds with shared bathroom and individual cabin shower. We provide Summer Session uniform (Polo shirt and Sweatshirt). Expenses during excursions that you are supervising will be paid by the school.

  • Accident Insurance is covered by Institut Montana Zugerberg during the contractual period, while you are on duty.

  • Medical Insurance is not covered and is mandatory for everyone working in Switzerland. Short period’s workers (with a permit valid for less than 3 months) are exempted if they are covered in their home Countries by an insurance equivalent to the Swiss one.

  • Please note that traveling expenses will not be refunded.

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