Salon des Métiers et de la Formation, 24-30 Nov 2014

Important post for the parents of and older kids!

Salon des Métiers et de la Formation (Careers and Training Exhibition) will be held next week at Beaulieu in Lausanne. This is the event where professionals from many fields gather and interact with the children and parents about the many kinds of jobs they can go for in the future. Entry is free and according to the downloadable info for parents:

Come along with your child and take the opportunity to find out about professions for today and for tomorrow, the requirements, the training programs and career options. We suggest you make a family visit on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday. This will avoid the visiting times for school groups and you can talk to the professionals more comfortably.


Careers and Training Exhibition, Lausanne
24-30 November 2014
Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Entrance free

*Image courtesy of MCH Group SA

New School: Oxford International College Switzerland in Château-d’Oex

Sponsored Post


I have two good news. First, Lausanne Mom has a new sponsor. And there is an even better news, this new sponsor is a new international school. From 12 September 2013, Oxford International College Switzerland, located in the center of Château-d’Oex, will welcome 60 students aged 14-18. The school takes over the Perce-Neige guest house (originally built in 1905 as a boarding school for young ladies of good standing) that will allow them to have both international boarders and day students in the school.


The school founders, a husband-and-wife team, Barbara and Pascal Lorenzetti, have had many years of international life. They have raised their three children in different countries, so that they understand the need of many expat parents when it comes to picking the right school for their children.

If you are looking for a school for your children who are in this age range, you really should check their website for the academic and other programs (sports, cultural activities) that they offer in the school. There will also be an information weekend, coming on the weekend of 20-21 April 2013 (registration through their website). The information weekend will take place at Hôtel de Ville, Grande Rue 70, Château-d’Oex (opposite the Town Hall).

For more information, please contact:
Direct dial +41 (0) 78 805 04 05
Email: info (AT) oicswitzerland (DOT) com

*Photo courtesy of Oxford International College Switzerland

This & That Week #7 – February 2013

Only a few more days until the February school holiday! Are you ready? 🙂

  • The International Day of Childhood Cancer Awareness is this Friday, 15 Feb 2013 and there will be events and a walk through Lausanne (Flon-CHUV). More info here. (The info came from Nicole, a local mama who blogs about her life in CH and her fights against her child’s cancer. Visit her blog here).
  • Lausanne Chamber Orchestra will have their special “discovery” concert on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 starting at 5PM. These concerts are tailored to young viewers. They offer a pedagogical approach to classical music, as well as masterpieces of the repertoire (this time they will play Mozart’s). The concerts last about 50 minutes. For more info and how to get tickets (CHF10 & 15) click here.
  • Activities during the school holiday for 10-14Y, part of the “Moi & les autres” projects. More info here.
  • Also part of “Moi & les autres” projects, a photo competition for 7-12Y, 13-16Y, and from 16Y!
  • New course dates from Health First: First Aid for Child Injuries (Tuesday 11 June 2013, 6:30-10PM, info here) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Babies and Children (Tuesday 23rd April, 6:30-10PM, info here)
  • In case you haven’t heard this: Autour de bébé and King Jouet now open in Bessières (Rue de Saint-Martin 3). And a representative of Babyzou* just let me know that they now also open on Mondays.

Have a great snowy week ahead!

*Babyzou is a long-time and current sponsor of Lausanne Mom.

English Courses and Day Camps Offered by Key English School

The newest sponsor of Lausanne Mom, Key English School has recently taken over another language school in Lausanne (formerly Young English School). During the school year they provide English courses to children in many classes throughout Vaud and Geneva. They also offer YLE Cambridge exams, interactive white boards, themed work-shops, and private lessons.

In addition, there will be a 3-week summer camp in Cheseaux during school holiday in July this year. Mon-Fri day camps for children (4-12 years).  Activities include cooking, gardening, sport, acting and crafts.

All their activities are adapted to French and/or English speaking children.

For more information, registration and contact:

This & That March 2012 – Week#12

Lausanne Angels Cheerleaders is looking for new members!

I was recently contacted by Joëlle Krummenacher, who is a cheerleading coach in Renens. Her squad is always looking for new members in all their teams. They have peewee, junior and senior. Surely this would be interesting for those of you with kids who likes sport and dance.

They do competitive cheerleading only and don’t cheer at sports game. Joëlle specifically stressed that they are not looking for specific skills, everyone is welcome if they are willing to learn and be in a team.

For more information you can visit The website is in French only but they speak English and welcome English speaking kids.

*Photograph courtesy of Lausanne Angels Cheerleaders

Raising Healthy Daughters: A Workshop for Moms

I received this information yesterday. It seems very interesting, especially for me since I have a little girl. It will be in Wollerau, which is unfortunately quite far from Lausanne (about 3h train ride), but I thought I should post this anyhow as someone may want to go.

Raising Healthy Daughters
A Workshop for Moms

The Whole Girl Approach:
Raising Healthy Daughters in Mind, Body and Spirit

Join Leslie Kuster, facilitator of Girl Power groups, to explore raising healthy, confident, and secure girls. In this workshop we will review the topics taught in Girl Power including: positive thinking, body image, friendships, inner wisdom, healthy eating, fitness, and money skills. You will learn specific activities and helpful tips to support your daughter in every one of these areas. You will leave with an understanding of the main issues facing girls today, a guide of what to do and say, recommended reading list, and pointers for dads and step-dads.

You will also have a chance to voice your concerns and hear other Moms’ concerns and ideas. Learn ways to support your daughter so she can grow up to be a confident and compassionate adult.

Your daughter will excel when she is raised with the awareness that feeding her whole self – mind, body, spirit and emotions – is the path to a contented life.

If you have a daughter or step-daughter ages 6-15 years old you don’t want to miss this!

Facilitator: Leslie Kuster, MSW LCSW, holds her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work and specializes in working with adolescents and their families. She is the creator and director of Girl Power in Switzerland which started in 2004. She is also in private practice in Zurich working individually with children, adolescents and adults. Leslie also conducts workshops in meditation, dance, and self development. She lives in Zurich with her Swiss husband and is originally from New York City.

When: Saturday April 10th
Where: Chinwag – Language & Culture Centre, Fallmisstrasse 2a, 8832 Wollerau (look under for map and directions)
Time: 13:30-16:30
Cost: CHF 75 includes handouts and snacks (see discount options below)
Contact: Leslie Kuster: lesliekuster1(AT)
044 869 2893 / 079 702 8120

How to Register:
Email Leslie Kuster your name, address, and phone number to lesliekuster1(AT)

10% DISCOUNT EARLY REGISTRATION BONUS: and receive 10% off. Reserve by March 26.
BRING A NEW MOM DISCOUNT: Bring a friend and pay CHF 120 for 2 registrations (a CHF 30 savings)!
Cancellation Policy: A 48-hour cancellation notice must be received or a CHF 35 cancellation fee will be charged.

Mommy Entrepreneur: Carmen of BYouCoaching

As always, I got excited whenever I learned about a successful expat Lausanne mom, especially when the business is very family-oriented.

Carmen and her gorgeous children

Carmen Sanchez-Cuenca comes from Spain and enjoys a multicultural family. She’s married to a Belgian and her three children were born in Mexico (where they lived for 8 years until they moved to Lausanne in 2003). Trained and worked as an international journalist, upon arriving in Switzerland, Carmen decided to change her profession and started studying child psychology. She later moved to Coaching, which she thought was more suited to her practical and optimistic personality. She founded BYouCoaching, offering many different kinds of workshops for parents or children in English, French or Spanish. For example, she coaches moms who would like to balance family and professional life, or want to go back to work after a break to take care of their children (or after moving abroad) and need support. The themes of the workshops range from Emotional intelligence, Solving conflicts in the family, Communication, Getting the children to cooperate and Coherent discipline to Coaching your own children.

Carmen is also trained for STEP workshops, a very well known parenting approach in the USA. While she also organizes conferences with big audiences for parents associations, she still prefers smaller groups of 6 to 10 people. The workshops can take place in her office or another place, for example during a private afternoon coffee.

For more information of her service, please contact Carmen at:

Carnen Sanchez-Cuenca

ICF Certified Family and Career Coach
Tel. 0788303931

Angels’ Factory – Teenagers Party on Nov 27


Having a daughter and having “been there, done that” made me very thankful when I received the info about Angels’ Factory. Founded by parents of teenagers, Angels’ Factory is an event, public relations and communication agency that arranges teenager parties designed to be a safe place for these young people to do their “clubbing”.

Their first event will be on Friday, Nov 27, from 6 to 10PM in the BUZZ Club, a discotheque that will be reserved only for 13-16 year-olds. Smoking and alcohol are not allowed, and it won’t be possible to re-enter after exiting the club during the evening.

Please check their website for rules, registration, conditions and other info.

*Image courtesy of Angels’ Factory

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