Nuestra Cabaña VOLUNTEERS

Nuestra Cabaña offers exciting 3-12 month volunteer leadership placements currently.

Do you want to explore the world? Are you searching for new challenges in life? Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to experience different cultures from around the world?

If you answered yes to those questions, we would love to hear from you!

This is an exciting time for Nuestra Cabaña, as it reopens after COVID. We are building a new team of staff and volunteers to lead the reopening, welcome back guests from all over the world, and run life changing programmes.

Working as part of the Nuestra Cabaña team, you and your fellow Volunteer Leaders will support the successful running of the Centre and make sure girls and young women from across the world can have a life changing experience where they build new skills, connect with others from around the world and build their leadership and confidence.

🔍 We are looking for a mixture of remote and on-site volunteers in 5 areas:

  • Programme design, delivery, and monitoring
  • Guest Services, booking administration and shop operations
  • Local partners coordinator and events management
  • Communications and marketing

See more information below.

  • 18+ years of age*
  • Member of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) or World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM)
  • All applicants must be willing and able to join the WAGGGS Volunteer Pool and be endorsed by their Member Organisation during the application process. 
  • Very good verbal English or Spanish and good written English or Spanish skills 
  • Physically and mentally fit to live in shared housing and work long hours at altitude (1,350m above sea level). Volunteers with disabilities are welcomed, please contact us if you have questions about the suitability of our volunteer placements for you. 

*If you do not hold and EU/EFTA passport, Swiss visa rules mean you must be aged under 36 at the time of volunteering and have not previously had a volunteer visa for Switzerland. There is no upper age limit for EU/EFTA passport holders.

All applications must be endorsed by your Member Organisation’s International Commissioner before any placement can be offered. 

  • Enjoys meeting and getting to know new people.
  • Enjoys being in an international environment.
  • Practical, open-minded and hard-working.
  • Capable of taking responsibility in delivering jobs and tasks assigned to the highest standard.
  • Patient, good team player and capable of working in an international team.
  • Ready to go on a rewarding, but at times challenging leadership development journey that requiresa desire and willingness to grow as a person.
  • As the Center is going through a reopening process, we need all volunteers to be very flexible asthings are constantly changing.
  • Volunteers will join us for a six-month to 1 year term.
  • For all volunteers, the placement will begin as soon as possible remotely. For onsite volunteer placements volunteers will arrive at Nuestra Cabaña between August – October 2023.

Usually Our Chalet Volunteers join us for a three month volunteer leadership placement. Placement start dates are in early December, late February, early June, and late August. 

Applicants holding a passport from any country from the Schengen area, can volunteer for longer than three months and can apply for two consecutive seasons. Please indicate your wish on the application. Placement offers are subject to your suitability for the season and the number of volunteers needed.

Please note, all volunteer offers and placements are subject to the applicant obtaining and retaining the required permission (visa or permit) to enter and work in Switzerland. Our Chalet will apply for a visa or permit on your behalf, if you are successful in being offered a placement. 

  • Free full-board and lodging in shared staff housing.
  • Leadership and professional development.
  • Learning new life and work skills such as time management, running indoor and outdoor activities, guest services, and community actions.
  • Learning about different cultures, customs and countries.
  • Experience living for few months in a truly international environment infused with the spirit of Guiding and Scouting.
  • Learning new Guide and Scout games and current WAGGGS topics to share at home.
  • Learning about self, about others, about the environment and needs of the society.
  • Support from staff team in planning and delivering personal projects.
  • Free laundry facilities.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • 2 days free accommodation before and after your volunteering dates.
  • Experience the Incredible Adventure in Mexico!

When you submit your application you will receive an automated e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

Our team aims to reply to all volunteer applications. However, due to the high volume of applications received we prioritise contacting applicants who have applied to volunteer over a time when we have a need.

Our team will be in touch with applicants about next steps after the application deadline, for the season applied for, has closed.

For those offered an onsite volunteer position, if they need financial support, they can apply for a scholarship from WAGGGS for costs associated with volunteering. Their request will be reviewed and either a full, partial or no scholarship will be granted.

To apply you need to complete both Part A and Part B of the application form, linked to below this box. All forms must be completed in full, although including a photograph is optional (we are happy to receive forms without a photo).

Return both forms to clearly stating in your e-mail which season and role you are applying for.

Please note: if you are successful at interview your application must be endorsed by your Member Organisation’s International Commissioner before we can make an offer of a placement. You may also be asked to provide contact details for two references.


Are you curious what volunteers in each season are doing at Our Chalet? What does a day to day life look like and what to volunteers do in their free time? Read their stories in Chalet Chatter – the Our Chalet staff blog.