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Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

I have just arrived 10 days ago to live in Basel. Two boys aged 13 and 17 years bored sitting in apartment every night. They attend a very small school and college and I want to know how they can link with other english speaking teenagers here from the bigger international schools? I have tried centrepoint to find out more regarding clubs etc and await replies. The 17yr old just wants to go back to UK.......
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Old 15.09.2010, 11:08
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

Welcome to the forum.

Have you considered some of these for them ?
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Old 15.09.2010, 11:10
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

Not necessarily the news you want to hear, but the 17 year old is allowed to drink beer or wine* in bars in Switzerland. There'll probably be kids his age in Paddy's or Pickwicks at the weekend.


*or soft drinks or water....
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

thanks for that! it seems that all the people at his college don't drink and are not used to that sort of culture? paddys and pickwicks seems to be mostly the dads ages?? and is an expensive hobby to start out here! 10chf a pint.... wont get a drinking problem anyway!
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

http://www.colourkey.ch/ definitely sign them up for this. It gives them free entry into the zoo museums and also discounts for entry into other places e.g local swimming pools for 1chf.
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Old 15.09.2010, 11:25
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

For the 17 year old ... tell him to register with the couchsurfing website. There's an active Basel social group who meet in a bar/cafe every Monday. The people there are mainly in their early 20s (but it's quite a spread; I sometimes go, and my early 20s are a distant memory).

Despite the name, couchsurfing.org isn't just for people who travel around and sleep on people's couches - it's become a cool way to meet people and quickly integrate into a social scene in a new city/country.
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

What are their interests or hobbies? There are certainly a lot of clubs, organisations, and activities in Basel depending on their interests--martial arts, music, football, swimming, dance, model railroading, etc. this list is endless, although perhaps not cricket. Most things that they were involved previously are likely available, so look in the yellow pages or ask around for the activities that interest them.
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

Hi there, I can ask my kids to get in touch with them. that could introduce them to other international teenagers. Of course, it will be up to them but if you PM some info to me i can give it to them and then they can get together on Facebook

Hey, and welcome. I am sure you'll all love it here
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Re: Teenagers new to Basel - bored!

Would they be interested in helping out in the Panto production this year? Unfortunately, the auditions were last night, but we need a lot of help back stage, doing all sorts of things.

I've an 18 year old son who's been here for 8 years, (coincidentally as long as I have ). PM me and we can exchange contact details. It would be good to post what your boys interests are. However, they can stay away from my teenage daughters.
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