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Frequently Asked Questions

This section below answers some of the questions parents often ask us about before their daughter joins the Surval Summer Camp.


Academic

What level will my daughter be in her language lesson?

All girls are tested in their chosen language on arrival and class groups are ability-based. 

How many students are there in the group language lessons?

The average would be around 5-8 students, however this depends on your daughter's level and which language she is studying.

Is it possible to have extra language lessons?  When would these be?

Yes! You can have private lessons (at an additional charge), which can be organised in the afternoon sessions from 13.00 – 18.30. Our Summer Camp Leader will speak to your daughter when she arrives to confirm a time that suits her.

Are there any other languages available?

English or French in the mornings for Senior Campers or afternoons for Junior Campers.  Additional languages such as Italian or German can be added to your daughter's schedule.  There is an additional charge for these extra private lessons.

Can my daughter have piano or singing lessons?

These are not normally offered, however we can see if a teacher is available. As our music lessons will be private lessons, these will be arranged separately, therefore please note on your application form if you would like these lessons.  The Summer Camp Leader will speak to your daughter to arrange these at a convenient time and depending on the teachers availability.

General

What are the options for rooming? 

Bedrooms are for three - four girls. All rooms have en-suite shower rooms and almost all have balconies. If you would like your daughter to stay with a friend, please note this on the Application Form and we will try our best to accommodate it.

What is the best time to arrive on Sunday?

We suggest that students arrive between 11.00 and 16.00, but please confirm the time prior to your arrival.

What is the best time to depart on Saturday?

We do not have any set departure time, although we recommend in the morning as girls who are not leaving will be on a whole day excursion on Saturday.  

Is the internet restricted?

Our students have access to websites according to their age throughout the day and in the evening. It is available to students from 07.00 – 23.00 daily.  

Is the transfer from/to Geneva airport included?

Yes, it is included on set arrival/departure dates (arrivals Sundays/departures Saturdays).

Transfers for arrivals and departures on other days will be at an additional charge.  Students are met by our staff in the Arrivals area at Geneva Airport and driven to Surval. 

We are happy to organize transport from/to Zurich airport, however this is an additional charge.

What are the main languages used at Surval Summer Camp?

Both English and French are spoken at Surval Summer Camp

What should I do if my child has health issues?

Parents are requested to provide a medical information within the Application Form. Please include any important medical information we need to be aware of, such as allergies or medication. Surval Montreux will not be responsible for any missing information or health concerns ensuing as a result.

Our Boarding Team are available 24/7 in the school. They are qualified to give first aid and deal with minor ailments. They are in regular contact with local doctors, will set up medical appointments and ensure that the children take their medication. Any prescribed medication is kept and administered by the Boarding Team.


Financial

Do we need to pay for private lessons before my daughter arrives?

We do not invoice the private lessons in advance, as some of the recreational activities can only by organised during good weather. The amount due will be taken from the deposit at the end of the stay.

When should we pay the deposit?

The deposit should be paid along with the Application Fee at Application stage to secure a student's place at Surval Summer Camp.  

What does ‘Banking Reference’ relate to and what is required?

Banking reference: if you could just put the name of the bank which you will pay with – it is easier for us to track payments.

How much pocket money should my daughter need?

Junior Campers CHF 50.-/100.-per week.

Senior Campers CHF 100.-/150.-per week.

If my daughter needs extra money during her stay at Surval, what can be done?

We can take additional funds for pocket money out of your Deposit.  We need written confirmation from parents to be able to do this. 

If you have any other questions not answered above, our Admissions Department will be happy to help you.

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