Live the languages and culture of Switzerland this summer during Helvetia Swiss Week. Helvetia Swiss Week offers a great experience in Switzerland’s three major languages — German, French and Italian — together with exciting discoveries in Swiss culture and cuisine.
Hands-on adventures are the keys to learning and Spass – fun! – during Swiss Week. Whether it is joining the Züricher Streetparade, Basler Fasnacht, Fêtes de Genève or the Ticino Sagra dell’uva, climbing our own Matterhorn ropes course, trying your hand at boules, the Swiss folk art of Scherenschnitte, the crazy Swiss game of Hornussen or playing the Swiss chocolate game, Helvetia is a whole new world in immersion learning.
Of course, there is always Schwimmen und canotage (swimming and canoeing) at the beach – or klettern (climbing) und rutschen (sliding) on our own floating giant Eisberg in the middle of the lake.
Familiar favorites include Fussball (soccer), Radfahren (bicycling) or le volley (volleyball), but some come with a twist – how about giant chess? Modern European music rocks the Haus, and traditional songs are a fun way to learn more about Swiss culture and its languages.
Learn about modern living in our Waldsee BioHaus, a modern European Passive House that won the Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award in 2007 for its ultra-comfortable, super energy-efficient ambience. In the BioHaus you live and learn with all of your senses — it’s unvergesslich – unforgettable!
Kids 8-18 can come on their own, or bring the entire family — bring Oma Elisabeth, nonno Marianno, bébé Jacques or the whole entourage! We offer both a Swiss family adventure and a Swiss immersion program for young people from across the continent and around the world.
Try fabulous food such as Raclette and Fondue, sip an espresso, sample Rivella, or try our homemade gelato at the Café. We prepare all of our foods and bake all of our breads and pastries from scratch. You’ll love our culinary tour of Switzerland, whether it be Birchermüesli or pan au chocolat for breakfast, minestrone ticinese or crêpes à la valaisanne for lunch or Berner Röschti, poteé fribourgeoise, and torta di pane for dinner.