Verbier Wins the Best Ski Resort 2019

Verbier has for the second year
been voted the best ski resort 2019 in Switzerland. Val Thorens, on the other hand, was awarded as the best ski resort worldwide. The award was presented during the annual World Ski Awards which were held on Saturday, November 23rd in Kitzbühel, Austria. 

In his speech after the reward, the Téléverbier Group CEO Laurent Vaucher said: “This distinction is the result of all the efforts made by local players and partners. Verbier does not only offer beautiful slopes but a real customer experience that everyone can enjoy. Indeed, Verbier offers its customers a complete panel of sporting, cultural and relaxation activities.” it was a double celebration for Verbier after the hotel W was also voted the best mountain hotel, both in Switzerland and globally for the fourth consecutive year.

Speaking after the award, Pierre-Henri Bovsovers, the hotel’s managing director attributed the win to the continued dedication and support from the hotel owners and the hotel W Verbier hotel team members. In his words: “It is the support of our owners, and the dedication of each team member in providing outstanding service, exceeding the hotels guest’s expectations 24/7, as well as their passion for their work, that have made these prestigious awards possible.”

Gala Ceremony

A big delegation from Verbier was in attendance during the gala ceremony when the winners from various categories were finally announced. Verbier had been nominated in Switzerland’s best ski resort award category alongside other finalists which include: St-Moritz, Zermatt, and Gstaad. The nominated candidates had a period of 16 weeks to market themselves in a bid to get the prestigious award.

There were numerous challenges involved during that period and Verbier had to go the extra mile in mobilizing all available resources to finally be announced the winners. To be declared winners, Verbier needed to garner as many votes as possible. The Chalet Les Anges de Zermatt was voted the best ski chalet in the world in Valais. 

About the World Ski
Awards

The world ski awards were launched in 2013 as the only organization that recognizes and awards excellence in the ski tourism industry. The main objective of the World Ski Awards initiative is not only to reward leading organizations in various fields in the ski industry. It also seeks to enhance standards in the industry.  

Verbier Ski Resort 

Verbier is the leading resort in the largest ski area in Switzerland, the 4 valleys. Not only is the region scenic, but it’s also sunny with a picturesque terrain. Verbier attracts different clientele such as students, the rich and famous, and a wide range of celebrities. You can easily access Verbier seeing that it lies just two and a half hours from the Geneva airport. There are readily available public means of transport that you can leverage on.

Are you an adventurous ski enthusiast? Do you love snowboarding and other snow-related activities? If you do, then Verbier is a must-visit resort that features excellent slopes to meet the needs of different individuals regardless of their experience levels. There are 80 lifts in Verbier providing access to over 400kms of runs. These are inclusive of some of the best lift-served away from the piste in the Alps.

The slopes in Verbier offer a snow-sure experience as well as an excellent scenery to marvel at. Enjoy exceptional views from the top of Mont Fort at 3,33m. The views can go as far as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Due to the far-reaching snowmaking and the altitude within the ski area, visitors are advised to place their bookings either early in the season or later. You can access 2,700m from the resort via two continuous gondola rides which take less than 11 minutes. The higher you go the more extensive the snow terrain shall be. The main network of pistes in Verbier is directly above the resort which is served by the Medran gondola.

A popular complex was launched at the lowest point of Medran gondola between the 2013/14 season. There are restaurants, shops, and the luxurious W Verbier hotel. What’s more, there are numerous bars, lounges, cafes, and other public areas. These enhanced the resort’s focal point. There’s a regular free shuttle bus that connects Medran with the lifts with other smaller ski locations within Verbier through different routes within the town’s chalets. Many of the visitors accessing Verbier can also gain access to the central region and its slopes via the bus. 

 Opening of the lifts

The lift connections were launched during winter in 2013/14. This made it easy for visitors to explore all the 4 valleys ski area. You can now access the center of the Bruson ski area, which locals initially called the insider’s secret. All you need to access this region today is two seamless gondola rides from Verbier. The availability of a send high-speed gondola has revolutionized the link between the 4 Valleys resorts of Nendaz and Siviez.  

Verbier
Drawbacks  

The Verbier terrain can be taxing and this has seen the rise of numerous exciting spectator events. These include; the Verbier High Five where non-professionals compete with world champions, Xtreme Verbier which marks the Freeride World Tour finals, and the Patrouille des Glaciers, a tiring ski touring race from Zermatt. There are various drawbacks to Verbier even though it’s the best ski resort in Switzerland.

If you are a beginner, you will realize that the beginner ski areas at the bottom of the mountain are isolated from the other pistes. This means that beginners won’t be able to access the main ski area with ease. Of course, there are many other things to do within the beginner areas apart from snowboarding and skiing along the slopes. Even then, the activities are limited. 

 How to Get to
Verbier 

You can access Verbier from the Geneva airport. The resort is approximately 161km and it’ll take you around two and a half hours to get there. If you prefer traveling via train, the nearest station is Martigny.  

Why you Should
Choose Verbier as Your next Ski Location

Verbier is nestled along the south-facing sunny plateau at 1,500m complete with magnificent views. The ski playground in Verbier stretches to Mont-Fort at 3,330m from Le Châble at 850m. Verbier has up to 140 km of slopes and a big percentage of those are red with a small amount of blue and black and the off-piste routes.

The resort is part of the largest ski area in Switzerland. One of the most interesting facts about Verbier is that you can ski from November to May. Are you hunting for ski locations in Switzerland? Here are various reasons why you should consider skiing in Verbier. 

Indoor Entertainment

There’s a new sports center hall that’s open every day from 10 am to 9 pm. There’s a 600m² climbing wall, a covered tennis court, 2 squash courts, and a multiple sports ground. There’s also a Mondzeu swimming pool at the heart of the resort that features a 19m indoor pool. Further, you’ll also find a gym and a sauna. 

Indoor
Entertainment

There’s a new sports center hall that’s open every day from 10 am to 9 pm. There’s a 600m² climbing wall, a covered tennis court, 2 squash courts, and a multiple sports ground. There’s also a Mondzeu swimming pool at the heart of the resort that features a 19m indoor pool. Further, you’ll also find a gym and a sauna. 

Off-piste

Skiing off-piste in Verbier is less risky even when you don’t have a guide. This is because route runs are monitored. Professional snowboarders and skiers can select one of the seven marked freeride routes. These are; Vallon d’Arby, Mont-Gelé, Otanes, Gentianes-Tortin, ChassoureTortin, The entertainment, and La Côt-Le Châble. There are numerous events in Verbier during the ski season ranging from artistic, cultural, and gastronomic events.

For instance, the Polaris Electronic Music Festival takes place from November 28th to 1st December. Haute Cuisine takes place from 1st to 4th April while the Verbier Art Summit takes place between 31st January to 1st February. Verbier Xtreme takes place from 28th March and 5th April, and the Patrouille des Glaciers ski mountaineering race takes place from the 27th of April to the 3rd of May. 

Heli-skiing

Expert snowboarders and skiers get the opportunity to drop on a remote peak via helicopter. From this point, they can enjoy breathtaking views before descending on untracked powder. Trient Glacier, Rosablanche, Petit Combin, and Pigne d’Arolla offer memorable descents in clear high mountain terrain. 

Après-ski 

Après-ski was recognized across the globe for its cosmopolitan and rousing nightlife. From the slopes, you’ll only need to take a short walk to the popular places which have elevated the resort’s reputation. These include; Fer à Cheval, Pub Mont Fort, the Rouge, Off-Piste at the W, and the Farinet. 

Sledding

The La Tzoumaz sled run is the longest toboggan run that you’ll find in western Switzerland. If you’re adventurous and courageous enough, try to throw yourself down. From the summit, you can enjoy 10 km of spills and fun complete with an 848m descent. You’ll need helmets to maximize your experience.  

Finally

The management of the Verbier resort has worked together to steer Verbier to where it is today. Winning the best ski resort for the second year is clear indication that the resort is a must-visit area. Remember to visit the Verbier resort on your next ski vacation.

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How to Navigate through Switzerland using Public Transportation

The public transport network in Switzerland is not only efficient, but it’s also safe. Some of the options you can use include buses, trams, taxis, and trains. There are numerous cycling routes as well. Let’s discuss some of the transportation options that you can use to navigate through different cities. 

Swiss Public Transport

Switzerland has one of the most organized public transport systems complete with timetables and information available online. If you’re planning to visit Switzerland by rail, road, or air, you can be guaranteed of reaching your destination with minimal struggle. 

The Swiss Rail Network

The Switzerland rail network is convenient and well organized; you’ll be able to access any destination in the country through the rail. The Swiss Federal Railways is also known in French as CFF, FFS in Italian, and SBB in German. It provides travelers with multiple options to choose from. You can choose to travel using 1st class or 2nd class tickets. The validity of your tickets often depends on the distance you’ll travel and your preferred means of transport. City tickets from Swiss Federal Railways will give you a one-day travel pass for trams or buses to your destination.  

The Swiss Pass

The Swiss pass was initiated during summer in 2015. It incorporates the previous travel cards which came as a single card into one chip-based plastic card. When it was first launched, it only replaced the GA card and the Half Fare card. Today, however, the Swiss Pass incorporates various other services. Currently, the pass can be used to cover ski resort tickets and PubliBike bicycle rentals. 

Understanding the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen)

The SBB.ch or the Swiss Federal Railways application is the best transportation app option you can use while in Switzerland. It’s the official app in the country that covers boats, trains, trams, cableways, and subways. It’s also the most effective app you can use to navigate through the country. Already available in an updated version, it now features advanced options to enhance your travel convenience. 

Characteristics of the SBB App

The characteristics of this app include;

·         A Basic and Touch Timetable

The touch timetable feature is one of the most popular among travelers within Switzerland. With this feature, you can utilize the personalized interface to switch between two locations. This will reveal the next available trains between the locations.

This option works perfectly and fast, you can choose the pencil icon located at the lower right side of the screen to personalize your locations to incorporate the destinations you frequent the most. While many destinations come with default images, you can choose and upload your preferred image from your photo library. You can also change the location and size of each destination depending on your preferences.

The standard timetable is specially designed to function accordingly. It also allows users to choose their preferred travel date where they’ll be headed to and where they’ll be coming from. Users will also be able to select their mode of transportation. 

·         User Experience

This app leverages your GPS to establish your location. After launching your Swiss Pass account, it becomes personalized to make it easier to use. Head on to settings and click on the edit start page. This allows you to personalize what they’ll be seeing on their app or home page. This adds to the convenience of this app. While the SBB is a standard transportation system it’s easy to use, elegant in terms of design and pays close attention to detail, which spreads through the entire app. 

·        Connections

As you prepare your journey, the volume of information secured in every session is essential considering the screen size assigned to each connection. Each connection in this app displays the number of connections, the duration, departure, and arrival, approximated availability in both 1st and 2nd class, the exiting platform, as well as the walking distance if any both at the beginning and the end of your journey.

Choosing an individual connection propels you to another screen that features more details. Further, it incorporates maps which you can adjust to display the walking courses between the connections. By choosing the three-dot icons located at the top right area, you can; include the connection to your trips, share the information through your preferred messaging app, and export the itinerary to the default calendar on your phone.

Finally, you can purchase your tickets easily and fast from your screen. You should first, however, configure your profile through logging to your Swiss Pass account. Further, you can choose the types of tickets you need and pay for them using your preferred payment method. 

Paying for Tickets and Boarding

Public transport vehicles in Switzerland come with advanced and automatic passenger managed doors. The buttons are located along the pillar on the interior door and at the exterior door. It’s worth noting that the doors only remain open for 3 seconds unless you are either pressing the button or are standing along the footboard.

Further, you may need to know that many buses, trains, and trams don’t come with inbuilt ticket machines. This is why it’s necessary to buy a ticket in advance to avoid hefty fines. If you’re traveling through the yellow post buses, you can purchase your tickets from the driver.

 Traveling in Switzerland by Rail

To get the best in Switzerland, you may want to travel by rail. Not only is rail safe and comfortable, but it’s also eco-friendly. With the Swiss Travel Pass, you can board both buses and trains without having to purchase any more tickets. 

Traveling to Switzerland by Post Bus

The post bus service is also perfect when it comes to exploring Switzerland. The system comprises of the popular yellow buses which have been in use for more than 100 years, helping passengers traverse through 848 routes across mountains and lakes.

One thing that you and the entire family will enjoy about the post bus service is the comfort and modernness of the buses. Further, you’ll get an opportunity to travel in the buses that are specially designed to traverse through the sharp alpine passes. Traveling by post bus is an economical way of exploring the country.

Ensuring that Children Arrive Safely at Camp 

Numerous children go camping annually unaccompanied by their parents or guardians. Still, many parents are worried about sending their children to summer camp alone. If your child will be attending the Les Elfes camping resort, you can be sure that your child will be safe.

At Les Elfes, there is a well-managed pickup service that will ensure that your children arrive at camp safely. Children are picked from the airport by experienced and qualified drivers who then take them to camp. This system is designed to give parents peace of mind, knowing that their children are safe and well taken care of. 

Where do Unaccompanied Children go When after Alighting from the Plane?

There is proper management at Les Elfes to ensure that each camper receives the best treatment. Unaccompanied campers will be welcomed at the Geneva Airport arrival hall where Les Elfes has an office. Here, they’ll be met by helpful and friendly staff that will transport them to a modern private bus to the camp. Arrival time from the airport is approximately one and a half hours. 

Does this mean that Parents can’t accompany their Children to Camp?

Many parents are glad to accompany their children to camp, at least so that they can have an overview of the activities they’ll be engaging in. The management at Les Elfes is always ready and happy to meet parents and guardians. If they’re driving, the parents can drop their children at the camp.

They can even choose to spend the entire night with the kids. There are no restrictions when it comes to arrival and departure times. This is because the campo receives children from diverse places across the world. The arrival time, therefore, depends on their time zone.

Whether the campers are traveling to or from the campsite, you can be guaranteed to get that they will be safe. At Les Elfes, the safety of the children comes first and this is enough to allow parents to send their children to camp with minimal worries. 

When Should Children Fly Alone?

Children can be allowed to fly unaccompanied from the age of five years old. However, it’s worth mentioning that every airline has varying policies, requirements, and restrictions. Often, airlines will require the phone number and the name of the pickup person. Your child will be under the care of an attendant the moment they board the plane.

The attendant will then hand your child over to the pickup person on arrival to their destination. Assuming that the journey involves boarding a connecting flight, your child will be handed over to an airport employee or the gate agent who will then direct the child to the right gate. Your child will be under adult care always and you need not worry about their safety. Many airports have kid-friendly lounges to keep the children busy and occupied. 

Finally

During the school holidays, many children from various parts of the world go camping in Switzerland. Allowing your child to travel to overseas allow them to explore the country, become independent, and view life from a different perspective. 

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Individuals’ Newsletter

Dear Readers,

Les Elfes Winter Camp 2019/20 is here! The wait is finally over and in Verbier, the mountain has already opened for weekends, with plenty of skiers and snowboarders getting those early-season winter fixes in. More snow is forecasted through the month and we are well underway for a great season. Snow dances please wherever you are! 

Kids smiling on snowboard

Naturally, we are all extremely excited, and after an intense two week training period, our staff shall be welcoming our first Winter Campers beginning of December.

Our snowsports staff is trained, assessed and accredited by the Swiss Ski School, our official partner here in Switzerland. Off snow, is just as intense with first aid, fire training and in house operations forming the rest of the training week to give our staff the best possible tools to ensure your schools have a fun, safe week at all of our resorts. 

In Verbier, our ski in ski out campus at Medran is in its third year now and with all the success and great feedback from our individuals last season we are looking forward to running our programs from there once more.

Group of Elfes skiing

Skiing and Snowboarding is such a fantastic activity, with plenty of benefits, its great exercise and a good workout can be mentally challenging providing a real sense of achievement, and of course its great fun! With over 30 years of experience Les Elfes programs offer the perfect balance between outdoor adventure and structured off-snow activities. Whether its languages or cultural excursions, it’s not all about skiing, and Switzerland has so much to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Come and be part of something special this winter, and join our family up in the mountains

For more information please Contact us (with the link to the contact us page) Don’t miss out and book now!

Staying Safe during Camp: What Les Elfes does to Guarantee Safety

Camping is fun and exciting, but it can be dangerous too. What are some of the dangers that you should be on the lookout for? How can you stay safe while camping? What does Les Elfes do to guarantee safety? Read on to find out. 

Dangers to Avoid
while Camping

While
campers are susceptible to various dangers, many of these dangers can be
avoided with proper preparation. Whether you’re planning for a school summer or winter
trip, here are some of the common dangers you should avoid while camping. 

·        
Fire

A
good campfire in the evening after a vigorous skiing session can be
fascinating. Still, it can also pose a risk. You need to ensure that your fire
is well built to prevent it from escalating and getting out of control. This
will protect you and the forest. As you camp, it’s your responsibility to avert
forest fires. Apart from taking the ideal measures to prevent fires, ensure
your campfire is built far from the tents.

While
many tents are made from fire-resistant materials, this doesn’t mean that they
can’t get damaged. Always keep flammables away from the fire. If possible,
build a non-flammable obstruction around the fire to prevent spreading. 

·        
Animals

Animals,
especially bears that live in many of the camping sites during winter are
beautiful to look at, cuddly, and lovable. You could easily want to touch them.
However, they can be dangerous. Be careful when storing food, especially left overs.
Avoid leaving food out as the odor can attract bears and other animals or even
insects. If you have to east, make use of the specially designated eating
areas.

Always
keep a distance from bears should you spot one. Be particularly careful of the
mother bears as they’re overly protective of their cubs. They can easily attack
you if you threaten them. If your camping trip involves staying in a place
close to bear activity, shout at the highest of your voice when you encounter
them and this will scare the animals away. 

·        
Extreme
Weather

Weather
can be unpredictable and can fluctuate anytime regardless of the number of
times you check the weather forecast. Some of the things you should be on the
lookout for include lightning. Have plans in place to counter flooding, extreme
heat, and cold weather conditions. Check the weather forecast every day and be
ready to handle any eventualities. Hypothermia, for instance, isn’t a preserve
of the winter period only.

Sudden
downpours, cold summer nights, and extremely sweaty hikes are factors that can
trigger hypothermia.
What can you do to avoid this situation? If you’re camping during the rainy
season, you want to pitch your tents away from moving water and stay away from
flat areas to safeguard you from severe flash floods. Assuming you experience:
extreme sweating, fall in a pool of water or are caught in the rain, dry
yourself off immediately and change to dry clothes.

Wrap
yourself in a blanket and keep yourself warm. During lightning attacks, don’t
stand close to lone trees. If you can, take refuge in a depression along the
terrain or in between a collection of both small and bigger trees. Try to
minimize contact with the ground as much as possible if lighting attacks find
you in an open field. Stay as hydrated as possible during extreme heat. Experts
recommend a liter of water every one hour.

·        
Berries
and plants

One of the exciting experiences during camp is sampling wild plants and berries. However, you need to understand that these can be poisonous. Unless you or your guide is experienced in selecting safe to consume wild berries and plants, the best option would be to avoid them. While many of them are safe for consumption, others can be hazardous to your health. 

·        
Insects

Encountering
insects in the wilderness is a common occurrence. It’s worth noting that many
insects carry various types of diseases. While insects are unavoidable, they
can be annoying and disruptive. Always carry insect repellant to counter
insects. Ensure your repellant of choice contains picaridin or DEET and reapply
regularly when inside the water if you sweat often, and before going to bed.
Inspect your clothes and tent for insects such as ticks just to be on the safe
side. 

  • Staying Safe During Camp
  • You can maximize your camping
    experience with the following safety tips. 
  • Pick
    the Ideal Site and Shelter

To secure the best camping site and shelter for your
camping experience, you need to consider your: medical needs, physical
limitations, and age. The same should apply to all the other people you’ll be
camping with. Remember, varying amenities will be at your disposal depending on
whether you choose to stay in an RV, a cabin, or a tent. If you’ll be camping
in a cabin, for instance, you’ll get both bunk beds and full beds.

If you opt to use a tent, on the other hand, you may
want to carry various essentials such as; sleeping bags, air mattresses, and
other basic items. As much as cabins and recreational vehicles (RVs) are more
secure and come with various amenities, a big percentage of campers still
prefer camping in tents. As a tent camper, you’ll be provided with fire rings,
picnic tables, recreational spaces, and restrooms complete with showers at Les
Elfes. 

·        
Monitor
the Weather

Check
out the weather forecast before embarking on your trip. Still, while you’re
packing, ensure to have essential clothes for use during snow, rain, high
humidity, or high heat should the weather change abruptly. 

Adopt Safe Food
Packing and Storage Strategies

As we’ve seen above, storing your food on picnic tables or unsecured places is the leading cause of getting attacked by wild animals. Store your food in tightly closed waterproof containers and secure them in an insulated cooler box. Remember, you can be susceptible to foodborne illnesses while camping. What you need to do to avoid such inconveniences is: thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. You also want to keep raw food separately from your cooked meals. 

Adopt Proper
Campfire Safety Measures

Often,
campers light a fire during the night to counter the cold as they catch up with
the happenings of the date. Ensure your campfire is approximately 15 feet away
from shrubs, tent walls, and trees. Maintain a small fire and contain it within
a specific area such as a fire pit. What’s more, avoid leaving your fire
unattended and have a bucket of water nearby. This will help put out the fire
before retiring to bed, or in the tent, the fire gets out of hand. 

Mind Your Allergies
and Safeguard your Skin from the Sun

Do
you suffer from allergies? Are you under any medication? Pack any medication
you use as the first method of countering allergies and relieving the problem
should it arise. Further, have a first aid kit with you and be on the lookout
for various symptoms such as breathing difficulties, dizziness, and swelling
around areas where you’ve either: been bitten by insects, or when plants come
into contact with your skin.

While
some people opine that UV rays are unavailable during cloudy days, you can
easily damage your skin then as would be the case during the sunny days. Use
sunscreen and wear sunglasses and a hat. These can go a long way in protecting
you from harmful UV rays. The sunscreen you choose should be a broad spectrum
with approximately SPF 15. Remember to use a good quality lip screen to prevent
cracking of the lips. 

What Does Les Elfes
do to Guarantee Safety During Camp?

Les Elfes is committed to ensuring that every camper remains safe during camp. Management of the camping resort collaborates with various personnel at the resort to guarantee safety on their popular sports. These include; snowboarding and skiing. While these activities are risky, the management team has on standby a team of experienced and professional staff. These are trained to ensure the resort is as accident-free as possible.

Les
Elfes is strict when it comes to snowboarding and skiing activities
for kids. The management doesn’t allow children to ski alone without a guide.
The camp organizers at Les Elfes understand the importance of warming up before
embarking on any activity on camp. Further, participants are allowed regular
breaks which they can utilize to either enjoy a hot cup of beverage or taking a
nap.

Camp
organizers at Les Elfes reiterate the importance of drinking sufficient fluids
to protect yourself from getting dehydrated. All the counselors at Les Elfes
marketing department have with them an extensive first aid kit and mobile
telephones. These kids should possess proper training in basic CPTR and a
basis.

There
are nurses on standby at every campus in Les Elfes. Instructors here are
certified by the Swiss Ski School. All the equipment that campers use while
camping at the Les Elfes club is owned by the establishment. To guarantee the
safety and proper function of the equipment, 30% of them are replaced annually
or repaired to ensure ultimate quality and performance. Do you need an airport,
transfers will you need to move too far off areas to participate in various destinations?

Finally

Safety
is an ideal requirement for you or kids when they go out camping. Understanding
the dangers you should avoid, how to stay safe, and what you can expect from
Les Elfes is critical. It’s the first step towards maximizing your camping
experience.

How the Annapurna Project is Changing the Lives of Girls in Nepal

The Annapurna association, also known as AA is one of the projects that Le Elfes supports. The project focuses on providing education for girls in Nepal. Currently, Les Elfes supports up to 25 less privileged children through the Annapurna project.

The Annapurna project emanated from the need to provide an equal opportunity for both boys and girls to attend school. Les Elfes organizers figured that being educated would give girls the authority to do anything to improve their lives and that of others.

Why Nepal?

Deep in the rustic Himalayan community of Nepal where the Annapurna project is set up, the gender gap is shocking. Often, girls don’t get equal rights to education as is the case with boys. Due to prolonged periods of being out of school, girls become susceptible to early marriage, abuse, violence, trafficking, and insecurity.

What’s even more shocking is that; after getting married off at an early age, these girls often spend the rest of their lives depending on their spouses. This cycle is bound to repeat itself over and over again if something is not done. Action should be taken to save the future of the girl child in Nepal. 

What can be done?

Annapurna is a specially designed program that focuses on ensuring that girls in Nepal get good quality education. To achieve this, the program organizers seek to provide the girls with the necessary support they need. The organizers pay special attention to girls from the remote villages, who are more vulnerable to getting married off early, trafficking, and abuse.

The Annapurna project organizers are certain that education can break poverty cycles and change lives. When a girl is educated, they will understand the need to provide decent education to both their sons and daughters. This will play a major role in promoting gender equality, and education will be embraced throughout the generations. What’s the long term impact of these steps, you may ask?

Nepal is a developing country. If everybody commits themselves to educate girls, they will instill in them a sense of responsibility. The girl will then feel the need to educate her siblings and other girls within the region. This will create change, and help the girls to become self-dependent. Empowering girls with a good quality education is a great investment, which will trigger them to create significance in their community. 

Charitable Organizations in Nepal

Numerous charitable groups strive to assist the poor in Nepal. However, Annapurna is a unique project specially designed to create a difference. The Annapurna project strives to provide girls with an education. With the current hard economic times, many people are unable to meet the needs of their kids. Still, parents do everything they can to create better opportunities for them, albeit with little success.

The organizers of Annapurna have in the past had difficulties in identifying vulnerable children who need assistance. Children who are currently under the organization were identified via local contacts. The organizers are committed to providing a conducive family atmosphere, improved lifestyle for the children, and a great education system. 

Where is the Annapurna Home?

Both the school and the house are located in the Pokhara Valley. Brilliant lakes surround the region and it’s overlooked by the mountains of Dhaulagiri ranges and Annapurna. The region is the ultimate definition of a wonderful environment. Children and their minders have easy access to schools and hospitals. 

How does Les Elfes help?

  • Les Elfes is committed to providing financial support by donating a certain percentage from their camp bookings.
  • For every volunteer, Les Elfes caters for their flights
  • In Les Elfes, some of the staff are tasked with visiting Nepal once in a while to engage in volunteering work. The staff is excited to interact with the girls as seen in the following testimonial from one of the volunteers. 

My Annapurna Association Nepal Experience

The AAN home is located in the northwest suburbs of Pokhara, in a much quieter and calmer part of the city, surrounded by crop fields with a mountainous backdrop. The girls have only moved into the new building this year for which they are so grateful for, as it is a much more pleasant environment for them to stay.

Their new home has plenty of space and storage for all the girls, a large kitchen, a study room, and even outdoor space to grow their vegetables. The girls are looked after by home mum Niru along with a handful of volunteers who help with everything from housework, maintenance, and homework. The volunteers visit the home every day and you can see how much they mean to the girls, and how they have created a family atmosphere in the home.

At the time of my visit, 19 girls were living in the home and they were studying hard for their upcoming exams. The girls all recognize how lucky they are to have the opportunity to a good education and study hard every day. Typically, they study for an hour before school in the morning and for a few hours after, until they have completed their homework.

Once their homework and chores are done the girls turn the study room into a playroom and dancefloor! Uno is usually a game of choice along with a mixture of traditional and modern dances. During my stay I would visit the home twice a day, both before and after school, primarily to help the girls with their school work, along with help in the garden and cleaning around the home.

I would help the girls study for their upcoming exams, particularly the younger girls with their English and Mathematics. The education system in Nepal demands a lot of hard work from pupils and it was a joy to help the girls and to see the progress every day. As the younger girls would complete their homework we would play games and dance with them to give the older girls some time to study without distractions.

The older girls had some very important exams in September as they prepare for their future. I had the chance to speak to Santoshi who told me how she is studying hotel management and hospitality, as she hopes to join Pokhara’s growing tourism industry, with the area becoming more and more popular for trekking. She told me that she has been with the home for over 10 years along with two other girls.

They have grown up together at the home and now have the chance to finish their qualifications and start a fruitful and successful career thanks to the support provided by AAN and the education they have received. Seeing the girls’ progression from children without much education, to young women who have all the qualifications for a successful career was amazing.

To see first-hand what opportunities AAN can provide these girls was incredible. Every donation and every bit of help AAN gets goes straight to these young Nepali girls, and it gives them a chance in life, that they might not have previously had.

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Sam

Finally

Education is a critical part of human life and parents need to take their children to school regardless of their situation. However, some children come from overly underprivileged families, which makes going to school an arduous task. This is where the Annapurna project comes in not only to help these children go to school. The project helps them develop a concrete future for themselves and future generations.

What are the Benefits of Understanding Different Cultures?

Today, the world is fast becoming a global village, with many countries enjoying a multicultural environment. Understanding different cultures is not only critical, but it also promotes ample coexistence. As we learn about diverse cultures, it is worth noting that all of us are individuals. Rather than generalizing, we should treat each other as individuals. This will go a long way in creating a better environment where we can all thrive. 

What is Culture?

Culture is everything that describes a particular group of people. The group can be; a family, a religious group, or people from a different town, neighborhood, country, or city. It can also be people who share a similar ethnic background, life dynamics, or work culture. Many times, culture is used to describe the features that are exhibited through history, language, food, arts, geography, family values, and beliefs.

One person can have diverse cultures such as; family culture, religious culture, age group culture, or work culture. When all these cultures are combined, they give each individual their personal culture. There are various ways that both children and adults can learn about different cultures. These include:

Diversify Your Reading Practice

Rather than reading books written by people you identify with, adopt a practice of reading books written by different people from different cultures. This helps you learn numerous facts about the culture. Further, you’ll be able to identify with the culture better. 

Understand Different Geography and Economic Practices

Economics and geography of any country are critical and closely associated. You can begin by establishing the following. 

  • What are the trading practices of this culture? Do they use trade or money?
  • Does the culture have any resources?
  • Does the culture specialize in exports? If they do, what do they mainly export?
  • What role do these things play in terms of their cultural practices and beliefs?

Interact with People who come from Diverse Cultures

This is one of the ideal ways of learning and understanding other people’s cultures. One way of achieving this is going for international camps. The advantage of attending these camps is that you meet people from different countries and races. Not only do you learn about their culture, but you also teach them your culture.

Having a one on one interaction with people helps you hear their stories first hand. Leverage this opportunity to ask questions you may have about the culture, and teach them everything they want to know. This way, you learn from each other. 

Sample Food from Other Cultures

Food plays a critical function in human existence. Further, the food we all consume is connected to our culture. You can learn and understand a specific culture by sampling their food. There would be no way of comprehensively defining culture without evaluating its cuisine.

Food is an extensive need, and regardless of where you are, or where you come from, you need food. Chances are that many of our social cultures emanated from food. In the past, for instance, people would wander through the land to hunt and gather food. While food practices have changed in the modern-day, it remains one of the uniting factors for people across the world.

What are the Benefits of Learning Different Cultures?

In today’s ever-changing world, people world over are fast realizing the importance of learning, understanding, and appreciating diverse cultures. Why is this necessary? It plays a major role in developing communities that excel in problem-solving and enhancing varying conditions. Let’s discuss the benefits of understanding different cultures.

·         You get to understand the World Better

The world comprises of people with diverse cultures. Where possible, being exposed to different cultures helps you embrace and appreciate people that are different from you. Further, the more your children interact with other children from different cultures, the more they respect and value them.

Going for summer camps are a great way of exposing your children to diverse cultures and practices. Whether they will interact with other children from different countries or regions, they will learn something new during camp. 

·         Minimize Stereotypes

When your children learn about people and their different cultures, they’ll be less likely to classify them depending on stereotypes. Remember, everybody is different and what one person does shouldn’t be used to define an entire community.

·         Helps Prevent and Overcome Ethnic and Racial Divisions

Ethnic and racial divisions can hurt society. For instance, it could lead to a lack of opportunities, misunderstandings, and in the worst cases, violence. Communities marred by ethnic and racial rivalry often suffer from both human and financial resources. These vices distract communities from finding concrete solutions to their budding issues. 

·         Enhances Effective Communication

Language is a critical part of human communication. However, it’s not the only contributing factor to effective communication. Culture enhances communication in varying ways. For instance, culture can influence speaking tendencies such as; figurative language, speed, and presentation. Culture also contributes to the way people depict their gestures and body language.

·         Creates Opportunity to Meet New People

There are different ways of meeting new people. For instance, participate in different celebrations, attend camp, visit people from diverse cultures, and celebrate special days. This enables students, especially, to meet, interact with, and make new friends. This is an ideal way of expanding a student’s social circle and creating room for them to learn about different cultures. 

·         Exposure to New Experiences

Children can get exposed through; sampling new foods, participating in different cultural celebrations and listening to stories. Further, engaging in different activities such as art or even learning how to play a new musical instrument. Exposure to new things helps children to explore the world better. 

Why Should You Learn Different Cultures?

Learning and understanding different cultures are critical in day to day life. Here are the reasons why you should be conversant with diverse cultures.

·         They are Interesting

Learning about other cultures is interesting. Today we live in a digital world where children spend most of their time with their gadgets. To discourage a sedentary lifestyle, expose your children to different cultures from an early stage. Sending your children to camp is one way of achieving this. While on camp, your children will be exposed to different culture promoting activities. Having hands-on experience is better than reading or even watching the same on television.

·         It Stimulates the Mind

Being exposed to culture learning opportunities stimulates your mind, and helps you think in diverse ways. It’s an ideal way of challenging your thought development and enhancing how you refine information. 

·         It Promotes Understanding

Lots of problems can arise from misunderstandings, especially because we live in a multicultural world. By learning and understanding different cultures you understand why people do things the way they do. When you identify with other people, you sympathize with their situation. This facilitates understanding and prevents misunderstandings. 

·         You understand various ways of doing things

Cultural practices shouldn’t be the reason why people oppress one another. While discarding some practices is impossible, some sections of different cultures need to be renounced. Learning about diverse cultures helps you realize that there are numerous approaches to life, and you may not be the best.

Many times, interacting with people from different cultures helps you view life from a different perspective. When you learn about different cultures, you establish new ways of thinking and approaching and solving problems. 

·         You become more prepared to cope with the Ever-Changing World

In today’s techno-savvy times, the world is rapidly becoming smaller. As people travel far and wide, there are high chances that you will encounter people with varying cultures. You’ll need to master the art of tolerating each other. Remember, you’ll also want people to tolerate you and the best way of achieving this is by being understanding.

This plays a major role in living in an all-round community and making you a versatile human being. If your children will be going to camp, they’ll need to learn about other cultures to avoid misunderstandings. Learning about other people’s customs and cultures gives enriches the children’s experience everywhere they go. 

What’s the relationship between Language and Culture?

Language enables you to express your feelings and thoughts, facilitates communication, and allows you to exchange knowledge with others. To fully master a different language, you’ll need to understand the culture. It’s worth noting that to understand a different culture, you should strive to study the language associated with the culture.

This is attributed to the fact that language is highly depended on various factors. They include the ever-changing customs, values, and views of the people who speak it. Remember, language mirrors the beliefs and values of a culture, as well as our perception of the world. The difference between two cultures can be expressed through their languages, and understanding the differences helps you relate with people better.

Finally

There are various cultures, practices, beliefs, and norms in the world. Teaching children how to be culturally conscious and respectful of others prepares them to face the world. It’s an ideal way of reminding children that what they are conversant with may not always be the right way. By learning different cultures, children will have an easy time interacting with, and making new friends. Further, they will be able to solve culturally-based issues before they crop up.