NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After months of hybrid learning and travel restrictions, a summer spent hiking, mountain biking and exploring Switzerland may be a safe and rewarding experience for students and a welcome option for some parents.
That’s what representatives from Swiss Learning are banking on. The team uses its resources and depth of expertise in linking prospective Bahamas-based youth to 16 elite boarding schools and hotel management institutions in the center of Europe.
Christophe Xavier Clivaz, founder and president of Swiss Learning, said: “We work with families who want to ensure their child has the best possible education, taught in an outstanding setting with a variety of learning pathways suitable to their scholar’s individual needs.”
For high school students, there are summer and winter camp programs offering exciting outdoor activities, the possibility of learning new languages and interesting excursions in Switzerland and around Europe.
According to Clivaz, Switzerland’s educational system is one that’s highly regarded worldwide. The country has historically placed at the top, or extremely near it, in respected international rankings.
During the pandemic, schools in Switzerland made immediate adjustments and surpassed all government requirements to operate in safe bubbles, allowing for a seamless transition for students.
Engaging with their peers from around the world provides students with a global perspective and promotes multicultural awareness. The lifelong connections they make and breadth of education received give students an edge as they matriculate to top universities and propel themselves forward in life.
“Each of our 16 schools offers a dynamic education based upon 100-plus years of academic excellence and a history of providing students with diverse opportunities for personal growth,” Clivaz said.
“Our schools pride themselves on shaping tomorrow’s leaders in society, business, technology, science and the creative arts.”
With four national languages — German, French, Italian and Romansh — Switzerland is the country for multilingual education. Learning is inquiry-based and engaging as opposed to memorization, with lessons typically led by educators who themselves have earned top degrees from leading universities.
Over the past 16 years, Swiss Learning has painstakingly built its expertise working closely with the 14 boarding and two tertiary-level hotel schools in its network.
Les Roches Global Hospitality Education and Glion Institute of Higher Education combine hotel management and international business with curriculums encompassing the hospitality industry in its entirety — from rooms division management to finance and general management.
Still, assessing what school is a good fit takes time. Swiss Learning maintains there’s an art to connecting families with the right institution, and the service it delivers extends far beyond the initial matchmaking.
“We do not focus exclusively on recruitment. With any life-changing decision, there are a string of details to iron out; choosing to study abroad is no exception,” said Clivaz.
“Swiss Learning provides the on-the-ground, professional advice that enables students and their families to have a smooth transition into the school, the country and the community.
“We offer a full service to families, which they appreciate. It brings them comfort.
“Our dialogue with the schools, parents and students often continues long after an applicant has enrolled and settled into their new life.”
To connect with Swiss Learning and explore options for summer or boarding school experiences in Switzerland, visit https://www.swisslearning.com or contact Carla Jakubovic, regional director, Americas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.