Hiking and learning French

Hiking in a beautiful region and at the same time improve your French.

Do you want to brush up on your French skills and get talking to native speakers while soaking up the Swissfrench culture? Do you like walking through some of the most beautiful landscapes Switzerland has to offer?
We offer week-long combined language and walking holidays in the village of Château-d’Oex, between Montreux and Gstaad in the Swiss Alps. The same arrangement is possible in the Nature Park Chasseral.

Courses in Château d’Oex

During the holiday in Chateau d’Oex - this small village is known for its international balloon festival and the production of its AOC cheese - you will be able to submerge yourself in French culture.
Whether you chat with the locals, order in restaurants or listen to the cheesemakers, all are opportunities to learn new things in a relaxed atmosphere.
In the mornings we offer language training in small groups with the emphasis on boosting confidence and improving your conversational skills. We read and discuss newspaper articles, repeat grammar, play games and do oral and written exercises.
After lunch, accompanied by locals, we put on our walking boots and explore the beautiful surroundings on trails of the Pays d’Enhaut.
You will either lodge in a B&B or in a small pension with friendly hosts, who will spend time chatting with you.

Many artists and sportsmen have chosen "Pays-d’Enhaut as their home to indulge their passions. Bertrand Piccard with Brian Jones began their non-stop balloon flight around the world here, Balthus painted here in his latter years of his life. The sunny mountains cut through into the deep valleys. Above 1000 metres farmers produce their famous "L’Etivaz AOC" cheese on wood fires.

For hiking good walking boots and rain jackets are important. I suggest walking poles especially for those without much experience of mountain hiking.
Each day we climb up 300 to 400 metres, for some walks, less.

Holiday weeks in Château-d’Oex
02. 08. - 08. 08. 2015
CHF 1.125.—
6 days, accommodation in B+B, classes, course material, morning coffee + lunch, hiking, transport, cheese cellar

Holiday weeks in Nature Park Chasseral
12. 07. - 17. 07. 2015
CHF 1.125.-- 
5 days in hotel with evening meal, classes, course material, hiking, transport 

The courses are not for complete beginners. You need at least level A2.
Levels of speech

A2: You manage to understand a bit and make yourself understood.
B1: You communicate easily within a group and can express your opinion.
B2: You can read and understand the newspaper and the TV. You can express your opinions individually and in a group.

More information and enrolment
Doris Hirschi ++41 32 342 22 67 / ++41 79 589 95 25