For a better future
Spare two weeks, one for mountains, one for sea. and join a small group of (10 motivated and adventurous) teenagers embarking on an unforgettable 2-week journey through the Swiss Alps and aboard a yacht in Mediterranean. During the Mountain Week, under the guidance and responsibilities of a mountain-seasoned camp teacher, a professional mountain guide and a trained first-aider, cultural, historical and natural discoveries will be made besides outdoor activities. During the offshore Sea Week, camp teacher along with the whole Ipharra Crew,; captain, mechanic, cook chef and steward, will let you set sail to the new adventure at Mediterranean. This program offers you water and earth, bring your fire and air to complete 4 elements of adventurous summer.
During our summer holidays, the Schönried campus in the picturesque Swiss region of Gstaad —a famous mountain resort nestled in the Swiss Alps and nowadays home to world-famous celebrities— hosts summer camp participants in large Swiss chalets set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland.
Since 1916 the whole school has moved up to the mountains during the winter season to offer its students a term of sun, snow and winter sports whilst continuing their regular school program
In Rolle, 30km from Geneva city, the main campus (for the boys) and the La Combe campus (for the girls) are situated within landscaped grounds covering 30 hectares.
The campus was established in 1880. The historic original building, dating back to the 14th century, was then a run-down medieval castle, but it was carefully renovated and the campus improved during the 20th century.
The Paul & Henri Carnal Hall, known as the school’s Arts & Learning Centre, counts with a cooking lab, visual arts and photography rooms, dance, theatre and music studios. At the heart of the building, the 900-seat Concert Hall is located.
- Welcome at Geneva Airport and transfer to Schönried; overnight in Schönried.
-All activities, accommodation, material and meals during the mountain week.
-Flight at the end of the Mountain week and transfer to Ipharra.
-All activities, lessons, material, excursions, accommodation and meals on board Ipharra.
-Flight back to Geneva at the end of the Sea week.
The first night of the Mountain Week is spent on Gstaad Mountain Campus in Schönried. The rest of the Mountain Week is spent in different accommodation, ranging from mountain refuges to tents, where comfort may be rudimentary to a cosy hotel in Zermatt.
The night before their flight, students will stay at Lake Geneva Campus in Rolle. During the Sea Week students will sleep aboard _Ipharra. _
Students are expected to always abide by the principle of "leaving things better than they found them" and they should be mindful of other guests and of their peers.
Internationally inspired meals are served as a buffet style. Meals are prepared by our own chefs who pay meticulous attention to quality, presentation and flavour to produce healthy, balanced menus. During mealtimes, each student is assigned a table which is also shared with the camp teachers. Attendance at all meals is compulsory.
Any food allergies should be clearly indicated in the health questionnaire. Meals on the menu containing pork will be indicated. Vegetarian menus are also offered.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Kosher, Halal or vegan meals.
A Summer camps desk is situated in the Arrivals area at Geneva Airport, right next to the visitor centre.
Children travelling alone are met by our staff, wearing camp uniform, and driven to camp.
Transfers to and from camp are included in the camp fee as long as they take place on the official dates of the start and the end of camp.
Outside these dates, airport transfers are provided by a camp driver or by a local taxi company the cost for which is approximately CHF 500.-. This service is not included in the camp fees and will be deducted from your child’s pocket money.
No transportation is organized from/to Zürich Airport nor train station.
No visa, flight reservation or modification will be made by the school.
If you are travelling with your child, we are unable to offer you transportation. The campus is easily accessible by car or train (2h30 to Schönried).
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Discover trails in the Bernese and Wallis Alps, learn rock-climbing, cross obstacles, crevasses and glaciers. Work as part of a team while setting up and taking down a camp every day, and learn how to live in a community. Most nights are spent in mountain huts. A unique opportunity to enjoy a superb adventure in the heart of the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps.
After this exciting week in the mountains, you will then fly from Geneva to join our 102-foot Sailing Yacht, Ipharra, for a splendid cruise in the Mediterranean. Learn the history of the islands you will visit. Discover the beauty of natural sites, relax aboard Ipharra of course, enjoy water sports every day! Get a chance to see first-hand how to handle a large yacht using both engine and sails; how to calculate routes using maps and electronic navigation equipment; appreciate the importance of teamwork and mutual respect.
The Ipharra Yacht at Mediterranean
Ipharra is a 34-metre catamaran sailboat built for offshore cruising. It is a secure, well-furnished, fast yacht which has 4 triple-berth cabins with bathrooms for the students and 3 cabins housing the 5 crew members. Ipharra also has a classroom equipped with IT resources; a huge cockpit which serves as a dining room/meeting area and cinema; a reading room, and a flying deck used for marine observation, astronomy and sun bathing! The yacht also has a dinghy used for exploration (Zodiac), a light Laser sailing boat used for sailing lessons; electric powered sea bobs (also used for exploration), snorkelling equipment, a kayak, water-skiing and wakeboarding equipment, not to mention all the usual modern security equipment - GSM and satellite communication and navigation systems.
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