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A Unique “Girls Only” Summer and Winter Experience where girls can take part in a variety of activities…

A Unique “Girls Only” Summer and Winter Experience where girls can take part in a variety of activities, including: skiing and snowboarding, doughnut riding, banana boating, pedalos, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, wind surfing, rafting and swimming in the lake or in the Olympic swimming pool nearby. Girls can also enjoy trips to the amazing spa and the pools at Lavey les Bains.


11 – 18 Years old

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Summer Camp


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From 3 Weeks up to 10 Weeks

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Winter: 8.1.2017 – 5.3.2017
Summer: 25.6.2017 – 4.8.2017

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Summer Camp

A Unique Summer Experience from 25th June to 4th August.

Learn a Language. Learn a New Skill. Have Fun.

Girls aged between 11 – 16 come to Surval Summer Camp from all over the world, to enjoy the exciting and challenging sporting and recreational activities which a Swiss school has to offer.

Girls have language teaching in small classes (up to six), and practise their language skills as they explore the town of Montreux, home to the world famous Jazz Festival, only ten minutes down the mountain. Etiquette and cookery are great fun and very popular with girls of all ages.

The setting is amazing. Practising yoga against the backdrop of the lake and mountains is an inspiration in itself. Every type of sporting activity, from ballet to go-karting, is available, and the excursion programme is outstanding.


Girls spend the morning studying a language, either French or English, as part of a fun programme. They learn grammar and vocabulary through French or English films, songs and role play, as well as more formal methods.

They put their language into practice in the school community and, if they are learning French, through their visits in the local area where French is the main language. Classes are small, with up to six girls, and are taught by Surval staff.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing are all practised in lessons, and girls are encouraged to use their chosen language when they speak to teachers during the school day.

Outside lessons, everything takes place in English, but for the more ambitious there is an opportunity to speak to instructors and local activity leaders in French. Confidence in using a language is key, and local shopkeepers and drivers are always happy to help.


Girls can take part in a variety of activities, including: doughnut riding, banana boating, pedalos, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, wind surfing, rafting and swimming in the lake or in the Olympic swimming pool nearby. Girls can also enjoy trips to the amazing spa and the pools at Lavey les Bains.

Land based action for both the adventourous and beginners include hiking, walking, biking, tree top assault course, archery, yoga, tennis, roller blading, aerobics, volleyball and horse riding. All girls have the chance to join in these activities and a rota ensures they all have the opportunity to do everything.

This is a multi-activity programme for girls. We encourage everyone to learn a new skill as well as to enjoy those with which they are already familiar. Trying something new is half the fun!

Recreational Activities

Summer Camp includes etiquette classes where the girls learn how different nationalities greet each other, how they eat, and what forms of behaviour are appropriate in different countries. In addition, we also run sessions in make up, style and analysis, colours and presentation skills.

Cookery and pastry courses with our Chef, M Baumann, are the highlight for many girls. The opportunity to learn to cook. or to improve skills, is always fun, and several classes will lead to the preparation of some or all of the midday or evening meal, with suitably enthusiastic approval from the rest of the camp members.

All forms of art are offered, with indoor or outdoor painting lessons, jewellery making, masks, and a huge variety of other art and craft activities.

Many activities will be on offer again in the early evening, and girls can enjoy a relaxing session in the sauna or jacuzzi after an energetic day of action.

Our games room houses table tennis, table football, billiards, Wii games, karaoke and dance sessions.

Trips to Montreux, on foot or by minibus (or trip combination) can be an optional activity in the late afternoon, while for the star of the day student an evening trip to Montreux gives additional independence.

Fun Planet at Villeneuve is the base for many of our external activities in the evening. We offer mini golf, go-karting, laser games, bowling and we can enjoy a whole afternoon or evening session working round each of these activities in turn. Girls often return quite tired and are ready for a session with a DVD, a relaxing jacuzzi or just bed!


Surval’s Summer Camp includes the following day and weekend trips:

The chocolate train, stopping at Gruyères to see the cheese factory and enjoying a traditional fondue before going on to the unmissable Cailler chocolate factory. Even girls who have been to camp many times love this trip.

Montreux is not only known as “The Swiss Riviera” but also as an important musical centre. The world famous Montreux Jazz Festival is open from 5 – 20 July, with many smaller musical events and activities also taking place in the town, both in the streets.

The famous Château de Chillon is a must for those who have not visited.

Visits for interest, as well as for shopping, to Geneva, Lausanne or Bern which are organised for the girls at the weekends.

CERN, and the Aoste Observatory and Planetarium, are superb for those interested in science. Some girls enjoy having something intellectually challenging as well as the sporting and other activities.

Adventure Park with zipline.

Overnight trip to Disneyland Paris, or Europa Park (the biggest theme park in Europe)

Basic Fees:

  • 2 Weeks – CHF 5’200.-
  • 3 Weeks – CHF 7’500.-
  • 4 Weeks – CHF 10’000.-
  • 5 Weeks – CHF 12’500.-
  • 6 Weeks – CHF 14’500.-

Optional Supplementary Expenses:

  • Disneyland Paris CHF 1’150.- (including travel and overnight stay)
  • Europa Park CHF 700.- (including travel and overnight stay)
  • Water Ski CHF 300.- (for a three week package)
  • Horse Riding CHF 80.- (per lesson)
  • Individual academic or music lessons CHF 120.- (per lesson)
  • Postal Services (DHL, FedEx etc) CHF 110.-

This Includes:

  • Class tution
  • Use of facilities, library and access to Internet
  • Activities at school or locally
  • Expeditions within Switzerland during the day
  • Loan of text books and other materials for class (unless girls wish to write in them)
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Laundry (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Residence tax (taxe de sejour)
  • Provision of all linen
  • Transfer from Geneva Airport to Surval and back on arrival/departure dates

Not Included

  • Individual academic or music lessons
  • Water ski package
  • Horse riding
  • School trips outside Switzerland (Europa Park, Disney Land)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Costs arising from damage to property
  • Postal services for sending visa letters (DHL, FedEx etc)
  • Special Escort (for students who cannot arrive or depart on the set arrival/departure dates and therefore require a special transfer to or from Geneva Airport
    UM service has to be arranged by parents

Winter Camp

Our winter camp provides the perfect opportunity to combine academic and physical challenge in a beautiful region of Switzerland, with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the mountains from 3 to 10 weeks starting from 8th January till 5th March.

Those who join us as ‘Winter campers’ for part of the Winter term will become members of the international Surval community, and will enjoy many activities, and some classes, with girls who are here for the full school year.

Students develop their language skills either in English or French: they will have the possibility of classes in cuisine and pastry, etiquette and make up, an extra language if they wish, or additional lessons in a school subject if they need this: horseback riding is also a popular elective! There are plenty of opportunities for skiing-the whole school has skiing on Thursday afternoons-and also at a weekend at Gstaad, Verbier or elsewhere.

A full ski week takes place at La Plagne in France, from 30 January to 6 February. Here there are no academic lessons: it is just a full week of activities on the slopes, skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing according to choice. Evening activities are organized within the hotel and also out on the slopes.

Whilst at Surval, girls will have optional excursions to places of interest-Geneva, Lausanne, Bern and elsewhere, to see local attractions and of course to shop!

This winter camp is available for between three and seven weeks and caters for girls of all nationalities between the ages of 13 and 18. As always at Surval, students quickly make friends across the world, and as they all say, friends for life! We welcome you all!

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Basic Fees:

3 Weeks – CHF 7’875.-
4 Weeks – CHF 10’875.-
5 Weeks – CHF 13’875.-
6 Weeks – CHF 16’875.-
7 Weeks – CHF 19’875.-

This Includes:

Accommodation, meals, laundry, Ski Thursday, clubs, one week ski holiday in the French Alps, French or English classes, transfer Geneva Airport and back.

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum