English in Megeve

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Megeve

Megève is located between France and Switzerland at an altitude of 3,650 feet in the heart of the French Alps, very close to Italy. The town is well-known due its popularity as a ski resort near Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the French Alps. The nearest international airport is Geneva, and access to Megève is convenient, at a distance of 75 kilometers.

Our programs

Megève is an internationally renowned ski resort offering summer and winter programs with a wide range of activities. Our school offers you the best way to combine improving your French or English with intensive training in your preferred sport. Taking place during the summer, the camp offers fun, adrenaline, and intense mountain and aquatic programs.

General program

  • Standard course.
  • Full-board accommodation in a 5-star hotel.
  • Organized events and activities.
  • Security and supervision 24/7.

VIP Adventure language trips for kids & teens 7-17 years old with a multitude of activities and a complete language teaching program, all in the heart of the French Alps. The sessions are available in the summer period from 05.07-15.08.2015 and in the winter period from December to March (the dates will be updated soon).

Our accomodation

Language and sports stays for kids 7-11 years old & teens 12-17 years old in Megève, Switzerland, with option to learn English or French, accommodation in a 5-star hotel, and lots of activities. Unforgettable summer holidays full of action in the Swiss Alps!.

5 star hotel

Campers stay in a 5 star hotel, in double rooms or suites (4 people) decorated in an Alpine style. We employ the following criteria for room allocation: same gender, same age group, and different native languages.

Safety and security are of top importance in our camps. The counselors' rooms are situated close to the children’s rooms, on the same floor. The ratio of adults/kids is 1:5.

Note:

  • To maintain a comfortable level of organization, we deliberately limit capacity to 50 children per session.
  • This allows us to create a multicultural dynamic and to look after the well being of each of our participants.
  • The children have their meals in a restaurant. Our chef focuses on creating a balanced and enjoyable menu for our campers. We can provide special menus (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc) with advance notification.

Our activities

Our language programs offer an opportunity for campers to discover new cultures, to make new friends from around the world, to engage in valuable learning activities, to learn to live and work with others, to get involved with an international community, and to blossom with academic success.

The Fun program (7-11 years old):

  • This camp is designed for the young ones who are leaving home for the first time.
  • The counselors are specialized in looking after this age group and making sure they feel comfortable and confident.
  • With or without accommodation included, this program lasts from 1 to 7 weeks.
  • During Fun camp, your child will follow an intensive French or English academic program (in the morning), take part in his or her favorite sports (i.e. swimming, ice skating, crazy golf, hiking with dogs, rafting, fishing, climbing, summer bobsleigh, adventure tree park, games, hiking in the low mountains), discover new artistic activities (i.e. theatre, arts & crafts, drawing, painting, dance, film-making), participate in a rich program of excursions (for example, climbing to the top of the ‘Mer de Glace’ (Sea of Ice) in Chamonix by funicular railway or visiting Annecy and its lake).
  • participate in a drama production (the last day of camp is dedicated to the presentation of a large theatrical production, the culmination of the theatre and dance workshops.
  • Parents are welcome to attend the show). There is also an optional one week program of tennis or golf lessons.

The Adrenaline program (12-16 years old):

  • This program features activities adapted to this age group with the discovery of new sensations! A large selection of sports and artistic activities is provided in addition to language lessons in an international setting, guaranteeing a varied and unforgettable holiday.
  • With or without accommodation included, this program lasts from 1 to 5 weeks.
  • During the Adrenaline camp program your child will follow an intensive French or English academic program (in the morning), take part in his or her favorite sports (i.e. swimming, ice skating, crazy golf, hiking with dogs, rafting, fishing, climbing, summer bobsleigh, adventure tree park, games, hiking in the low mountains), discover new artistic activities (i.e. theatre, arts & crafts, drawing, painting, dance, film-making), participate in a LEADERSHIP Program ,  take part in weekend activities; participate in a rich program of excursions (for example, climbing to the top of the ‘Mer de Glace’ (Sea of Ice) in Chamonix by funicular railway or visiting Annecy and its lake).
  • participate in a drama production (the last day of camp is dedicated to the presentation of a large theatrical production, the culmination of the theatre and dance workshops.
  • Parents are welcome to attend the show).

The Intense Mountain program (14-17 years old):

  • This program is geared toward young adventurers who are intrigued by life in the mountains and curious to discover new experiences.
  • It's perfect for all those who love nature, challenges, and sports, and who wish to try new experiences with other young people from around the world.
  • With or without accommodation included, this program lasts for 2 weeks (1 week in the Intense Program and 1 week in the Adrenaline Program:: Week 1: 5 hours of language instruction and more sports activities; Week 2: 15 hours of language instruction.) During the Intense Mountain program your child will follow an English or French foreign language program (with a daily 1-hour lesson essentially based on conversation and the exchange of ideas and opinions), take part in his or her favorite sports (for example via ferrata, biathlon, canyoneering, adventure tree park, mountain biking, canoeing, hydro speedboating, rafting, tandem paragliding, sailing on Lake Annecy, laser tag, giant zip-lines, swimming, ice skating, climbing, summer bobsleigh, games, hiking), discover new artistic activities (i.e. theatre, arts & crafts, drawing, painting, dance, film-making), take part in evening activities (excursions around town such as late-night ice-skating, going to the cinema, shopping, etc).
  • participate in a rich program of excursions (for example, climbing to the top of the ‘Mer de Glace’ (Sea of Ice) in Chamonix by funicular railway or visiting Annecy and its lake).

The Intense Aquatic program (14-17 years old):

  • This program is reserved for a small group of 5 to 10 teens who are especially sporty, ambitious and looking for new thrills and who would like to try water sports in an exceptional setting on Lake Annecy. With a coeducational framework and group interaction, teens will acquire more maturity and autonomy.
  • As they learn to respect different points of view and experience living together, these teens will learn the basics of democracy.
  • The Intense Aquatic program lasts for two weeks (1 week in the Intense Water Sports Program with accommodation around Lake Annecy and 1 week in the Adrenaline Program in Megève).
  • Week 1 includes 15 hours of language instruction while week 2 includes 5 hours of language instruction and 2 sports activities per day.
  • During the Intense Aquatic program your child will follow an English or French foreign language program (with a daily 1-hour lesson essentially based on conversation and the exchange of ideas and opinions), take part in his or her favorite sports (two sports activities per day, for example: via ferrata, canyoneering, adventure tree park, sailing on Lake Annecy, snorkeling, riding Segway scooters, playing water-ball, paddle-boating), take part in evening activities, participate in excursions around the town (such as late-night ice-skating, going to the cinema, shopping, etc.), and participate in a rich program of excursions (for example, climbing to the top of the ‘Mer de Glace’ (Sea of Ice) in Chamonix by funicular railway or visiting Annecy and its lake).

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS

Choosing a Great Summer Program: Good summer programs encourage kids to learn new things about themselves and to explore unfamiliar activities. As you begin to research programs, you should ask how a program will influence your children now and in the future. Given all the factors to consider when choosing a summer program, parents should look at the security of the camp. There are several things that must be considered: location, facilities, staff, medical support and activities.

Security: Security is an essential part of our camps. Children are supervised 24 hours a day, and there is always a counselor with them. Sports and activities are practiced only in suitable weather conditions and we remain informed of any changes in the weather. If necessary, we modify the day’s program according to the weather conditions. In the event of illness or accident, we are only minutes away from our doctor. Our camps have a nurse and we have a doctor just near the camp. We have a hospital in Sallanches only 15 minutes away or just 5 minutes by helicopter.

Arrival: Campers are welcomed in the arrival hall of Geneva Airport (GVA). On arrival and departure days, a camp representative will welcome and accompany the campers at the airport. Please let us know your full flight details in writing no later than 2 weeks before the camp starts by filling in the transfer form. A school representative will greet you at the arrival area, once you have passed through customs. The driver will have a panel with your name written on it. At the time of departure, campers will be assisted with check-in and customs formalities. If they are travelling as an unaccompanied minor, PLEASE INFORM US BEFOREHAND. For organizational purposes, information concerning the arrival and departure of the participants must be confirmed in writing at least two weeks before the date of the journey. Individual arrangements and last minute changes will be invoiced accordingly. Participants should arrive on Sunday at 5pm at the hotel. Campers leave at 6pm on the last Saturday of their session.

In Case of Emergency: If you are unable to contact our staff directly, you can call the director’s number, which will be sent to you before camp. Our campuses can be easily reached within one hour from the Geneva airport. We can arrange a welcome and transfer for parents as needed. You can also drive your child to the campus. We will, of course, provide you with directions.

Visa: Please note that you have to apply directly for your Visa in your own country. We can send you a letter of invitation and a confirmation of enrollment, which are required as part of the visa application.

Insurance: Our organization, our team, and the participants are covered in case of: accident, civil responsibility, defense and assistance. The personal possessions of minors are not covered (send clothing which is not expensive and not easily soiled).
The repatriation of minors is not covered. We recommend you take out repatriation insurance.

Contacting Parents: Campers will be given specific times for telephoning parents. There are public phones available (a phone card is required), or campers can use their personal phones. Campers will be under counselor supervision at all times. Parents may call their children on Saturday mornings between 8:00 and 9:00am (local time). The telephone numbers will be sent to you with a welcome pack and booking confirmation. We have free internet areas available. Individuals with their own laptops will be able to access the internet in most parts of the hotel.

Packing List: In Megève, the French Alps climate differs significantly from season to season, from very hot during the summer to very cold and snowy during the winter.
Other factors that should also be considered in your plans are altitudes and geographical locations. In the winter time, the climate in the northern part of the Alps can get very cold with temperatures dropping down to as low as -20 degrees Celsius or even lower.

Recommended Items: Luggage + Belongings:

Each student’s articles should be clearly labelled with his/her full name. A supply of extra labels is also recommended for any new purchases, such as sports equipment.
Other recommended items include the camper’s ID card / passport and personal information, 3 pairs of trousers / pants, 3 pairs of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 6 pairs of socks, underwear, 1 pair of pajamas, 2 sweaters, 1 rain jacket (compulsory), 1 pair of hiking boots (compulsory), 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 bath towel (for the pool), 1 bathing suit, 1 pair of ski gloves for the ice rink, a small backpack, and a phone card (If necessary). You should be sure to bring your own towel for the swimming pool and lake.

Packing Tips: Your child will be very excited to head off to camp. It’s in your best interest to help him/her pack. While he/she may be able to do this on his/her own, you will save yourself the inconvenience of forgotten items if you oversee the packing. But, be sure to enlist your child’s help – this is a wonderful teaching moment.

Pocket Money for the Camp: Upon arrival, students may deposit their pocket money in the camp bank at the reception for safekeeping and withdraw money as needed.
They can request the money from the director depending on their daily needs. Spending money is generally used for the purchase of souvenirs and small purchases in the town shops, including postcards, postage stamps, batteries, lollypops, etc. It is recommended that each student bring about 50 Euros of spending money for each week they will reside in camp. Before departure, any unspent money will be returned directly to the student. How much? This is a difficult question. Kids all have different needs and they don’t spend the same amount during the camp. Everything is included in our camps, so they only need pocket money for shopping, to buy souvenirs, etc.

Please Note: Pocket money, ID’s and valuables may be handed to the school Director on arrival day. These items will be accessible at given times/days during the week.

Special Meal Requests: We can organize special menus (vegetarian, gluten-free etc). We simply need advance notice to arrange this.