Nytida’s Kasper Kollo summer camp takes up most of Jenny Malmqvist’s time. A teacher and operations manager, Jenny also works with respite care and companionship services.
Kasper Kollo summer camp, which also operates as a weekend camp, is for children, teenagers and young adults with autism-spectrum disorders.
“Seeing all the participants and co-workers happy and enjoying their time is the best thing about my job,” says Jenny, who likes to juggle a lot of activities. Just reviewing job applications and recruiting staff to find the approximately 70 co-workers who are needed over the summer requires a great deal of planning, purchasing and other activities over several intensive months.
Jenny became operations manager in 2013 after working during the summers at Kasper Kollo since it began in 2003.
“The biggest change is that the number of camp participants has increased from 16 to around 100 and we have gone from being a small companionship service to a large employer.”
Jenny is a qualified secondary-school maths and physics teacher. The freedom her job at Kasper Kollo offers her was a major factor when she decided to leave her teaching career. In addition to her work with the summer camp, which involves a lot of business development and marketing during the rest of the year, Kasper’s work with companionship and respite services also takes up a great deal of her time.
“We have some 60 assignments, mainly in the Lund and Lomma districts.”
Jenny says it’s not unusual for people who once worked at the summer camp to take on a position as a companion or respite carer later in their careers.
Today there are nine permanent employees at Nytida Kasper Kollo, which has an office in Lund. A new feature in 2017 will be a special Kasper Kollo menu, which has been developed in collaboration with Ambea’s head chef and is based on locally grown and organic ingredients. The menu has also been adapted, Jenny reveals, so it can also be prepared by younger members of the camp staff – who are not always experienced cooks.