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something to do for a teenager

hello everyone
just move to geneva...was recommended this forum...looking forward to a new city and country
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my 15 years old daughter is stuck at home for a summer and getting bored out of her mind ...i have to offer her something to do...any ideas?...good french classes, volunteer opportunities (would be her preference), any teens clubs...please recommend...many thanks
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Old 07.07.2008, 18:23
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Re: something to do for a teenager

Welcome to the Forum.
Can't offer any help with anything for your daughter to do, but there are quite a few Forum members in the Geneva region, so someone might well come up with an idea or two.
We'll give them 15 minutes to get off their marks.
Hope all goes well.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

thanks a lot for welcoming and so far no suggestions for my teenager...but will see...what is a typical responce time in this forum??
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Re: something to do for a teenager

The Swiss Alpine Club has a "Young Persons" division. You might want to check that out for instance here: http://www.sac-cas.ch/Mit-der-SAC-Ju...rich.95.0.html

You could also try local sports clubs, fencing, soccer, swimming, whatever, and join one of the teams.

Music lessons might be interesting, I'm sure there are some sort of "young person's introduction to music" type of classes at your local university.

Basically, ask what you teenager likes, and then get on the internet to find a local club that supports those interests. There she'll meet lots of other young people and make friends and learn/practice the hobbies she enjoys.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

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hello everyone
just move to geneva...was recommended this forum...looking forward to a new city and country
have a question for you
my 15 years old daughter is stuck at home for a summer and getting bored out of her mind ...i have to offer her something to do...any ideas?...good french classes, volunteer opportunities (would be her preference), any teens clubs...please recommend...many thanks
Thats a tough one. I have a 15 year old too, who gets bored easily. Hard to meet new friends cause of the language barrier. To bad you weren't closer. Does your daughter have a myspace acct, or email, maybe you could PM them to me and I could give them to my daughter. If only to talk with someone in the same situation.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

I feel your pain.

My niece has been staying with me this summer - and after the first few days of eye-rolling and 'whatever-ing', I'd had it with teenage attitude.

(Can you tell I'm not a parent? )

So, I gave her my best Auntie Mame lecture and a metaphorical kick in the behind, and put her in charge of keeping herself occupied in a worthwhile fashion.

She has to decide what she'd enjoy doing ('cuz, like, old people have such, like, lame ideas ) and she has to do her own research as to what is available. The child knows how to use t'internet - I help her with German when necessary, but she has to do the rest. She comes up with a list of things to do, we talk about it, and she does the planning.

And suddenly it seems Switzerland might not so be boring after all. In fact, what with German lessons, occasional volunteering with a rescue, outdoor sports, a few museum visits, concerts and sightseeing - she may actually be having fun. Who'd a thunk it.

Oh, and once in a great while she even helps out around the house.

I've given her a train pass so travel is easy. She has learned the SBB system fairly well, and I'm comfortable with her traveling most places. Switzerland is safe by and large - can't think of a better place for a teenager to learn/earn a little independence.

I don't know the Geneva area, but I would imagine there are opportunities for young people to do volunteer work. For instance, the Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.ch/activities/yo...e/index-de.php

Or if she is so inclined, she could contact one of the animal shelters and see if volunteers are needed. For starters, try the SPA of Geneva:

http://www.sgpa.ch/

Or, maybe your teenager could organize an event through EF...

Hope y'all have an enjoyable summer.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

Presumably she will be going to school in Autumn in Geneva. Could you stop by the school she will be attending and ask for a class list. You (she) could then contact some people and ask if they would like to meet up. Maybe at a BBQ at yours, or at the swimming pool.
It is what I would do, but slightly different situation, our daughter is seven and I would be the one approaching the Mum
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Re: something to do for a teenager

thanks a lot..it is a good idea...will do so...cheers
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Re: something to do for a teenager

hallo there, you might want to take a look here http://www.ecole-club.ch/
and here http://www.upcge.ch/ for some ideas.

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Re: something to do for a teenager

thanks...it is exactly what i was looking for...thank you so much
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Re: something to do for a teenager

I am having the same problems with my 14 year old son who has just moved from the UK to be with us here in Zurich.

He is not the sporty kind of lad and prefers fashion and music to footie type conversations and I am running out of touristie type day trips very quickly!

Maybe there are a few hidden away expat teenagers out there who would like to share their experiences?

Any tips for keeping him entertained and not homesick would be very welcome.

Gal xx
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Old 24.07.2008, 11:16
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Re: something to do for a teenager

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just move to geneva...was recommended this forum...looking forward to a new city and country
have a question for you
my 15 years old daughter is stuck at home for a summer and getting bored out of her mind ...i have to offer her something to do...any ideas?...good french classes, volunteer opportunities (would be her preference), any teens clubs...please recommend...many thanks
How about taking up tennis http://www.englishforum.ch/commercia...s-lessons.html?
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Re: something to do for a teenager

Wish my lad was sporty... it would help get him into clubs. Unfortunately this really does not float his boat!

Any other ideas?

Gal xx
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Re: something to do for a teenager

If he has a boat to float, you might have noticed there is a lake.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

I wish, Rusty... in fact the flippin mood he is in at the moment I would gladly launch it myself!!

Kids eh, who'd have em!!
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Re: something to do for a teenager

As I said the the previous poster, if he is going to school, get a class list now and contact some people on it. the school should have the secretary at work and he/she should be willing to pass on the list.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

Thanks ZB but after reading your suggestion today I tried that. Unfortunately there is on one available until the 15th of August. I hope by then he is in a better frame of mind, else I just might find myself swimming into the middle of Zurich Lake for some peace and quiet!!
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Re: something to do for a teenager

I have a teenager staying with me from England for another 2 weeks (she as been here for 3 weeks already) we have been bowling, playing air ice hockey, the zoo, conny land, and swimming (the last 1 alot)
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Re: something to do for a teenager

This might be interesting.
http://www.acmg.ch/website/index.php...age&PAGE_id=35

Guitar lessons . Or look for bands that cherce guitariste.. or

or perhaps this.

Geneva English Drama Society (GEDS) will give some leads to amateur theater groups.

Drama's always fun and you meet the coolest people. (crazy actors ..)

If the'yre the kind patient type and pretty strong emotionally, Any old folks home would be thrilled to accept volunteers. And they'd meet the sweetest people.

Wakeboarding..Paragliding. Paintball.Glacier Skiing.

PM. JuleJules shes always got the most awesome ideas.
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Re: something to do for a teenager

One more thing.
This week the PALEO!!!

The lineups kinda week for the weekend but its good fun.
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