Two Worlds United Programs in Switzerland for High School students
has everything. It has mountains, lakes, and snow, of course,
but also castles, fondue, wild ibex, and probably one of the
most honorable collections of human beings on the globe.
With standards as high as their snow-tipped Alps, the Swiss
command a special mandate on quality. It's a neat, sophisticated
little nation where cleanliness is not only next to godliness,
but sometimes seems to be a notch above it. The cities are
perfection itself, and even the humblest farmhouses in the
back-of-beyond are bowered with carefully pruned vines and
bedecked with bright flower boxes. Fields are so well groomed
you'd think they were primping for a calendar photographer.
More than 60 percent of the nation is alpine, peaking at over
4,572 meters (15,000 feet) atop the glorious glacier-clad
Dufourspitze in the Monte Rosa chain, only a few hours from
downtown Geneva. The average height of those Helvetian mountains
is well over a mile above sea level. Between the Alps and the
Jura in the northwest lie the central plains of wildflowers and
economic bliss—the powerhouse zone of Swiss industry that has
made it one of the richest countries on Earth.
But while it is the home of international banking, the
repository of wealth, and the soul of stability, Switzerland
need not be expensive. It suffers somewhat from an exaggerated
press that has often focused on the luminaries who relax in
Gstaad, St. Moritz, or those who confer with their gnomes at
Zurich banks and visit their trust funds in cool green vaults.
In fact, there are scores of value-plus boardinghouses, hotels,
and inns where the sheets are crisp and sparkling, and where the
breakfast trays are heaped with croissants and buttered rolls,
hot coffee, and fruits from the abundant Swiss orchards—at
prices that are astonishingly low.
It's not uncommon for students to go skiing, or go to see a glittering palatial
Summer bristles with folk fairs, music and film fests, jazz
concerts, cultural exhibits, and a multitude of gala events in
historic, idyllic settings. In the mellow fall, the grape
harvests provoke colorful wine festivals and seasonal
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