GENEVA – A week in the Ticino for only CHF250 including classes, guided activities, room and board? That is what Italiando offers to teens aged 14-17, who want to learn Italian, play sports and explore the sunniest canton in Switzerland.
Italiando is a one-week program which seeks to promote Italian (one of four Swiss national languages but one of the least spoken), among French-, Romansch- and German-speaking teens in Switzerland.
Camp consists of Italian lessons in the morning, and sports and outdoor activities in the afternoon. The cost per week is a mere CHF250 thanks to financing provided through a clever public partnership.
In 2014, Swiss Italian TV network, Radiotelevisione Svizzera, produced a spoof DVD “qui si parla itaGliano”. The DVD was purchased en masse by Ticino residents raising over a quarter-million francs for the project. Migros and other partners, stepped in to fill in the financial blank.
Ah… and if sun and activities were not enough, organizers say “kids are provided a Mediterranean diet”. Mmm… Scusi! Ora devo andare a mangiare 🙂