French in Megeve

Junior dream camp | Winter camps

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

Linguistic and sports stays for kids 7-11 years old & teens 12-17 years old in Megève, France, with option to learn English or French, accommodation in 5 star hotel and lots of activities. Unforgettable winter holidays with ski or snowboard lessons in the Swiss Alps.

General program

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

The Megève ski resort is situated in the Alps close to Switzerland and Italy, facing Mont-Blanc. The nearest international airport is Geneva, and access to Megève is easy at only 75 kilometers.

Hotel-Style Apartments

Twin rooms decorated in the alpine style synonymous with calm, comfort and relaxation. Close to the center of Megève and a few meters from the Rochebrune chairlift. l’Orcière offers apartments sleeping up to 6 people.
We have transport available to go to the town center or to the foot of the slopes.
Each apartment has heating and a fully-equipped kitchen. The apartments have television and private bathrooms with bath. This quiet residence in the middle of greenery consists of 12 apartments.

Note:

  • All the hotel services as well as the evening meals are provided by the 5* hotel.
  • As safety and security are a top priority in our camps, there is a counselor in each apartment.
  • To maintain an organization at a comfortable level, we deliberately limit capacity to 40 children.
  • Children have their meals in a restaurant on the ski slopes at lunchtime and in the evening in the restaurant of the hotel. The menus are prepared by the hotel’s chef who takes into account a balanced diet and the tastes of the children.
  • We can organize special menus (vegetarian, gluten-free etc). We just need to be advised in advance.

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.

Ski or Snowboard Lessons:

  • The ski and snowboard lessons are given by the ski instructors from the ESF (Ecole de Ski Français) school of Megève.
  • The children will be placed in groups adapted to their level and the ski instructors will help them perfect their technique and discover new sensations on the snow.
  • At the end of the week the children can pass their ‘star’ ski or snowboard test.
  • The aim of these activities is to have fun and to surpass yourself.
  • Children may be beginners. They can take ski lessons from beginner to advanced level, free-skiing training, Special Teens and Crossbag, or snowboard lessons.
  • Progress guaranteed! This is the perfect opportunity to practice your favorite sport in the mythical resort of Megève, with its multitude of snowparks, off-piste and secret spots. The best way to combine improving your French or English with intensive training in your preferred sport.
  • On Saturday, an activity will be offered to children such as snowshoeing, building an igloo…At the end of the day we get together for a special event: team games, fun activities etc.

Security: Security is an essential part of our camps. The children are supervised 24 hours a day.  There’s always a counselor with them. Sports and activities are practiced only in suitable conditions and we are well informed of any weather condition changes. 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: we welcome campers 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 the Customs. The driver will have a panel with your name.
At their departure, the children will be assisted with check-in and customs formalities. If they are travelling as a UM (unaccompanied minor), PLEASE INFORM US BEFORE. 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.

In case of emergency: If you cannot find our staff, you can call the director’s number, sent to you before camp.
Our campuses can be easily reached within 1h00 after leaving Geneva airport.
We can arrange the welcome and transfer for the parents as well. You can also drive your child to the campus. We will of course provide you with directions.
Participants should arrive on Sunday at 5pm at the hotel. Campers leave at 6pm on the last Saturday of their session.

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 for your visa request.

Insurance:

  • Our company, our team and the participants are covered in case of: accident, civil responsibility, defense and assistance.
  • Personal effects of minors are not covered (send clothing which is not expensive and not easily soiled).
  • Repatriation of minors is not covered. We recommend you take out repatriation insurance.
     

Contacting your parents: Campers will be given specific times for telephoning parents. There are public phones available (phone card 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 welcoming pack and booking confirmation.
We have free internet areas available. If you take your own laptop with you, you 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 summer to very cold and snowy during 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 going down to as low as -20 degrees Celsius or even lower.

Recommended items:

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.

ID card / Passport

Basics: 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, 1 pair of hiking boots, 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 bath towel, 1 bathing suit, 1 pair of ski gloves for the ice rink, Small backpack. You should bring your own towel for the swimming pool.

In the winter add: Pullovers, ski clothes, warm boots, hat, scarf, gloves, a track suit, warm anorak, ski glasses (goggles). Also Toiletries including a toilet-bag, High protection sun cream, sun glasses, slippers, dressing gown.

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 a wonderful teaching moment.

Packing list:  Create a camp packing list using the recommended list from the camp and other necessary items that your child may need, i.e. his/her medication.

Try items: Highlight all of the items on the list that you will need to purchase for your child. You will need your kid/teen to try on items that may have become too small over the past year so that you can highlight them if needed.

Label: Label all of your child’s items with his/her name.

Recheck: The day before camp starts recheck the list, pack up all of the gear and close the bag.

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 ask the director for the money depending on their needs each day.
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.

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.

Meals special requests: We can organize special menus (vegetarian, gluten-free etc). We just need to be advised in advance.