BERN, SWITZERLAND – New technology has just greatly enhanced LUBIS, the Swiss federal mapping office (Topo) product that allows anyone to see 320,000 aerial photos of the country. The photo collection dates from 1920. You can use it in English as well as the Swiss national languages. The photos initially served to help draw up […]
Experience the school in action! Lake Leman International School opens its doors to prospective parents on the first Wednesday of each month. During the open days you are welcome to visit the school for a personal tour of the premises to experience learning at LLIS.
Times: 09:00-15:00, starting 5 February 2014.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland has 13 Delf/Dalf examination centres for students who want certificates for French language skills. The official diplomas, issued by the Centre International d’Etudes Pédogogiques (CIEP) of the French Ministry for Education (a Member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) cover seven levels of French. Geneva has 12 schools that independently offer courses to prepare students for the diplomas and Vaud has 23.
Map with courses in Switzerland
Intersoccer’s football winter camps in Founex and winter course in Geneva, taking registration now. The group offers a wide variety ofcCourses & camps from 1 to 5 days for 2- to 14-year-olds throughout the year “geared towards fun & learning new skills in a challenging & safe, but not intimidating, environment”. Bonus: InterSoccer Winter Camp […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Red Cross and the Swiss Army work together to provide an annual intensive introduction to first aid for young people ages 14-22. This year’s camp runs from 5-12 October but inscriptions are still being accepted for the 162 places, for anyone interested in working in this field. The course, offered by […]
GENEVA LIVING – Fall and winter school breaks are soon approaching. If you are still looking for activities for kids 4 to 18 visit the Geneva-based Protestant centre website which offers secular camps throughout the school year. The camps are open to all, not just Geneva residents, and take place throughout Switzerland, a good way […]
The For theatre group in Ferney-Voltaire offers two semesters of theatre in French for children 9-12, starting 28 September. Two eight-week sessions meet Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00 at the théâtre Le Chatelard in Ferney-Voltaire, created in an out-building at Voltaire’s one-time home.
Classes are taught by theatre professionals.
The group also offers training for older children, from age 13, and classes for adults.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – One of the best deals around for kids to learn winter sports is the Juskila camp the week of 2-9 January, open to 600 boys and girls born in 1999 or 2000 who have never taken part. The cost: CHF40 for the lucky ones whose names are selected, for 7 days. The camp is held in Lenk.
Registration is open now until 31 October, then the lucky 600 names are pulled in a draw and announced 11 November. The camp is sponsored every year by Migros, working with Swiss Ski, and gives kids a chance to learn or improve skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and other winter sports (they select just one). Participants come from all corners of Switzerland (also open to Swiss abroad) and classes and activities are in the four national languages. The idea is to learn sports, meet others from other areas and who speak other languages, and to have fun.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you have a question about nearly anything, and Google isn’t giving you what you need, Geneva is offering a great new service. Librarians at the Bibliothèque de Genève are at the centre of a project unveiled 10 September to provide answers to questions posed, in less than three days. To ask your question and get an answer in French or English, use the online form at www.interroge.ch. The librarians will send it to the appropriate library, either the city’s main one or one of the many specialized libraries, some of them linked to universities, others to museums.
The new project is called InterroGE. Sample recent questions: why does Geneva-Servette Hockey Club wear the colours it does? Where did the first zombie come from? Why do birds sing? Can we measure happiness?
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A number of scholarships, some of them fully covering fees, are being offered by new private school Gems World Academy in Etoy, canton Vaud. These are merit-based, not just for academics but for other strengths such as music and the arts, as well (see full entry under resources)