9th June 2020
The Swiss Confederation has just announced some important changes to rules about travel into Switzerland which mean more young people can join us this summer!
The Swiss Government has announced that it intends to lift entry restrictions from 15 June for travellers from:
With Camp Suisse 2020 opening on 11th July, it’s the perfect opportunity for young people from these countries to get active and enjoy the great outdoors in safe and secure surroundings.
Every day will be packed with more activities, excursions and fun than ever before – we will be implementing a range of special COVID-19 compliance measures to keep everyone safe.
Places are limited to 60 people per camp – you can book your place now with free cancellation available until 30 June.
Two week activity program to include:
8th June 2020
A report published by Deep Knowledge Group has identified Switzerland as the safest country on Earth for COVID-19. The report notes this is thanks to:
‘Factors like an efficient quarantining programme, and effective monitoring, detection and treatment of the virus, preventing an “overburdening” of the country’s healthcare system… and a continuing decline in its rate of infection spread’
The full report can be read on Deep Knowledge Group’s website.
We’re naturally thrilled to learn of this news, and the confidence it brings as the countdown continues to the launch of our Summer Camp on 11th July, which will comply with all COVID-19 guidelines set out by the Swiss government. Find out more about our 2020 Summer Camp: https://www.campsuisse.com/summer20/
28th May 2020
Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Camp Suisse ouvrira ses portes pour cinq semaines cet été : du samedi 11 juillet au vendredi 14 août.
Camp Suisse 2020 sera la parfaite opportunité pour votre enfant de profiter des grands espaces, dans un environnement de sécurité. C’est notre ambition cet été de remplir les jours avec encore plus d’activités.
En même temps, nous mettrons en ouvre des mesures pour assurer la conformité à la réglementation Suisse à propos du COVID-19.
De plus, pour nos campeurs Suisses et de l’Europe Occidental, puisque COVID-19 a rendu les voyages internationaux plus compliqué, Camp Suisse propose une bonne solution pour la Staycation !
Réservez la place de votre enfant, avec l’annulation gratuite jusqu’au 30 juin.
4th March 2020
Camp Suisse is on the search for ambitious, highly motivated individuals to join the catering team this summer.
Based in the spectacular Swiss Alps, we run international summer camps for over one thousand kids and teens aged 7 to 17, from May through to August. With so many hungry mouths to feed, we require dedicated, ambitious and motivated individuals to work in our catering department. We are on the search for chefs and catering assistants to join our kitchen, which is run by our dynamic and charismatic Head Chef, Helen, and Catering Manager, Ellie. This is an excellent summer opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience. Many of our staff return year after year, creating a family atmosphere among the team.
You will be exposed to all aspects of our busy kitchens, your duties will include:
• Food prep (including starters, packed lunches and breakfast)
• Pot wash (including operating industrial dishwasher and washing and drying equipment by hand)
• Maintain cleanliness of kitchen and service areas
• Offer support and assistance to chefs as required
In addition to in-resort training and uniform, we will provide you with:
• A competitive salary
• Accommodation for duration of contract
• All meals for duration of contract
• In-resort insurance
• Discretionary option to enjoy Camp excursions and activities on days off.
You will work split shifts which will give you ample time to explore our stunning local area. We’re based at an altitude of 1000m up in the mountains, where activities such as mountain biking, hiking and climbing are available. If you’re after more relaxing days off, Lake Geneva is a short journey away, where there are lively towns such as Vevey and Montreux (which hosts the awesome Montreux Jazz Festival in early July – not to be missed!).
Camp Suisse is one of the best summer camps out there, not only do the children have an amazing time, but the staff do too. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and I’ve grown so much as a person because of it. What could be better than working in the Swiss Alps!
Ellie – Catering Manager (joined Camp Suisse in 2017)
To apply, you must be a UK, EU, or EFTA national, or hold a permit to work in the EU and have been integrated for at least one year in the EU or EFTA labour market.
Step One – Submit an Online Application
Fill out and submit your application using our online application form. This will then be reviewed, and we will be in touch via email to inform you whether or not you have been shortlisted for interview.
Step Two – First-round Interviews
If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to select a time for a preliminary Skype interview with one of our Directors. Following your interview, we will be in touch to let you know if we have decided to progress your application.
Step Three – Second-round Interviews
If successful in the first round interview, you’ll be invited to a second Skype interview.
Step Four – Job Offer
If we decide you’re who we’re looking for, we’ll be in touch with your Job Offer via email.
Step Five – Welcome to the Team!
once your references and paperwork are all in order, it will be time for you to come and join us in Switzerland for an awesome summer!
5th December 2018
The vast array of different nationalities of campers who come to enjoy the Camp Suisse experience never ceases to amaze us: over the past few years we have noticed a growing trend, indicating our campers are coming from an increasingly diverse range of countries; spanning six continents.
A typical arrivals day for our Summer Camp can see us welcome children from around forty countries. This involves a lot of planning; our administration team has to ensure that every camper’s travel details are in check, including their arrival time and flight number; then create a travel plan to give to our Airport Welcome Team, who go to Geneva Airport to greet each camper as they pass into the arrivals hall. Flights arrive from all corners of the globe: from Sydney to Los Angeles; from Frankfurt to Lima, our Airport Welcome Team always works hard to ensure the entire process runs like a well-oiled machine.
Other campers arrive directly to Camp with their parents by car; some live relatively locally in Switzerland or neighbouring France and Italy; other families are visiting Switzerland from further afield and choose Camp Suisse to give their child the perfect opportunity to partake in our amazing activity programme or to learn a language.
Whichever way campers arrive, they instantly start getting to know one another; something which is really special to see. For many, the linguistic immersion we offer starts from the moment they arrive; particularly if they have to use a “common language” with their fellow campers to communicate and make friends. While this is most often English, it’s not uncommon for campers to communicate in French, Spanish or German, depending on where they are from and what languages they can already speak. This leads to the formation of cross-cultural friendships, which many campers quite rightly feel is one of the best things about the overall Camp Suisse experience. Dinner times at Camp are one of the best places to see these newly formed cross-cultural friendships in action: having a table with a boy from Peru sat next to and chatting to his fellow campers from Australia, Poland, China and Portugal is a prime example – there can’t be many other places in Switzerland where cross-cultural friendships are quite as clear!
To find out more about summer 2019, and to reserve your place, visit our Summer Camp pages.
Check out the map below to see where our campers came from in Summer 2018:
11th June 2018
Summer 2018 is set to yet again play host to campers from an incredible range of backgrounds and cultures at Camp Suisse. The company, which specialises in summer alpine adventure and language programmes for children aged from 5 to 17, is this summer preparing to welcome 39 different nationalities from across the globe. This year, Camp Suisse staff are preparing say ‘Hello’, ‘Bonjour’, ‘Hola’ and ‘Hallo’ to campers arriving at Geneva Airport from countries as far away as Brazil, Taiwan, the Bahamas and China.
Ever since its founding in 2005, Camp Suisse has championed the idea of creating a truly international environment for its campers; many of whom return year after year. In recent years, the Camp’s offering has diversified to include a French immersion programme and day camps, which have proved popular among those living in Switzerland, as well as families holidaying in the area seeking to entertain their children for the day. The main international camp operates four sessions from the end of June until mid-August; three of which are two week programmes, and the last is a one week programme. Custom date options are also available.
The Camp also opens its doors to school groups, who benefit from the diverse array of language programmes, outdoor adventure activities and opportunities to visit local places of interest throughout spring and the early summer months.
There is still limited availability this summer; to give your child a truly international experience, we invite you to browse our website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
8th September 2017
After a ski season in the Alps last winter with less snow than we may have wished for, it was great to put away our skis in April and start welcoming schools and groups from all over Europe for a taste of the Camp Suisse outdoor education programmes and residential class trips in May.
By the time we started the first of our international summer camps in July, the beautiful summer sunshine had well and truly arrived in the Alps and the Camp Suisse team was a well-oiled machine, delivering outdoor educational and adventurous activities of the highest quality to our campers.
This summer we welcomed campers from 37 different countries spanning 6 continents. From Australia to Albania, Canada to Cameroon and Peru to Poland, the cultural and ethnic diversity of our camp is something we are very proud of and will continually strive to encourage and broaden.
After 15 years the Camp Suisse programme continues to evolve and lead the way as a uniquely personal, great fun, safe and pedagogic experience. This summer we introduced paddle boarding on Lake Geneva for the first time and revisited some of the old favourites such as the Caillers chocolate factory and the Parc Aventure high ropes course. Creating an activity programme that is flexible and adaptable is of paramount importance to us; when there was no snow left on the glacier in late July and August for husky dog sledding we introduced the Snow Bus and Canirando activities as new and alternative adventures for our glacial experience.
Summer 2017 will go down as another great summer at Camp Suisse with fantastic campers and an amazing staff team who are completely dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of the campers in our care.
Post-summer we had the pleasure of welcoming campers from far and wide onto our autumn residential programme for international schools, which takes place down the road from our Torgon site in the beautiful village of Champéry. Autumn was a huge success with campers and teachers alike benefiting from mountain adventure sports, field education and outdoor pursuits with the usual Camp Suisse flair.
2018….. what is to come?!
Well in the winter we have the Olympics in Pyongyang (of course). Camp Suisse will be offering pedagogic ski and winter sports camps to its international school clients – and in the summer more fun and adventures at summer camp which we are already excitedly planning and building towards.
Amongst other things, next summer will see the launch of our French immersion programme as well as further development on our entire language course offering. The French immersion programme will involve campers undertaking their activity programme and excursions as well as the general camp life in French with our French-speaking staff and teachers.
We will also be introducing more water sports on Lake Geneva in addition to looking at different options for our overnight expeditions for older campers.
Keep in touch 🙂 Julie & Richard
2nd January 2017
No snow, no worries. We create our own fun at Camp Suisse. A very Happy New Year everyone. Roll on summer! #campsuisse #campsuisse17
10th April 2015
Justine is British with a Danish husband and her four children, although British, have also lived abroad as well as travelling extensively. That makes them a truly international family and gives Justine an ideal point of view from which to judge Camp Suisse’s appeal to families from all around the world.
Hi Justine, thanks so much for talking to us today. Tell me, which of your children have stayed at Camp Suisse?
All four of my children have, at some stage, stayed at Camp Suisse. The first time they all went, in 2009, they were 13, 11, 9 and 6. The following time I believe was in 2011 and my second oldest and youngest attended, then in 2013, the two youngest went. Every year the kids ask to go but often school trips get in the way so make it impossible!
Why did you choose Camp Suisse?
Primarily we were attracted to the language lessons as our children had lived in Monaco for 2 years and attended a French school. It was important to us that the kids kept their language skills going. In addition, as our kids are all very sporty the range of different activities offered appealed to all of us. And finally, the high number of international students attending was of great appeal. Our family is very international and we like our children to mix with kids from all countries. We have always wanted our children to feel that being in an international environment is the norm and to be accepting of other cultures and traditions.
What advantages does it have compared to other camps?
Location was always a great advantage for us and the initial attraction. Once we saw how happy the children were and how friendly the staff were there seemed little point in looking to go elsewhere. As we saw how much the children enjoyed the camp, the reasons we sent them to Camp Suisse became less about just the language tuition and more about the friendliness, location and activities.
What do your kids like about it?
I think they like the camaraderie and activities. They always come back raving about this mentor or that mentor, this child from that country and what fun they had. Fun levels seem to be very high and there is obviously lots of laughter! They also love the outings.
Was the decision to go to Camp Suisse made more by you or your children?
Initially, it was a decision made by us, but all the activities and trips offered by Camp Suisse made it pretty easy for us to ‘sell’ the idea to the kids. After they attended the first year it was almost a given that they would go if they could.
Are your kids going back to Camp Suisse this year?
We’re just now in the process of looking at the summer diary with the kids. Our eldest is now 18 and is just about to contact Julie and Richard about him returning this year as a mentor as he has experience with children and is now a qualified tennis coach, football coach and speaks fluent French, Spanish and English. He has very fond memories of Camp Suisse and has always wanted to return in a mentor capacity. Our second oldest is already booked to do work experience but the two youngest are both keen to return, although it depends how it works out logistically.
Have you got any other comments or feedback that you think would be of interest?
I think Camp Suisse do a great job, hence why my children keep returning in one shape or another!
Camp Suisse is one of the top international summer camps in Europe for teens and younger children. If you would like your kids to get to know children from a range of different cultures in a safe, entertaining and educational environment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
10th March 2015
This summer (2015) will see the introduction of separate Juniors’ (ages 7-11), and Seniors’ (ages 12-17) programmes during the same camp session at Camp Suisse. Separate programmes will enable us to continue our commitment to the watchful and dedicated close supervision of the younger campers, while allowing the older campers to have greater personal responsibility in their day-to-day camp life.
The Juniors’ programme will still have small group sizes of 5-8 campers and be a closely supervised journey through the Camp Suisse experience. We will continue to strive to meet the individual needs of our young campers; ensuring they have the trip of a lifetime with us in the safest possible environment.
The Seniors’ programme will still also be divided up into age specific groups for their day to day activities as early adolescents (ages 12 – 14) and our oldest campers (ages 15-17). With more distant supervision, the Seniors’ programme will allow older campers to explore their talents and grow as young adults amongst friends.
The early adolescent programme (ages 12 -14) has been created to find the right balance between allowing campers who are more proficient in certain activities to flourish whilst allowing the less proficient to still be nurtured and educated.
The Seniors’ programme for our oldest campers (ages 15 – 17) is all about taking on more responsibility in their day-to-day camp life, acting as leaders and role models to our younger campers while challenging them in a safe, structured environment.
You can read more about the separate programmes here.