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Centenary of the Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad


The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA) has existed since 1917. It all began under the name of “Schweizerhilfe” (Swiss Aid), which sought to accommodate Swiss children living in war zones abroad with families in Switzerland to allow them to recover from the events of war. Its main sphere of activity later shifted from host families to holiday camps. The FYSA continues to work on behalf of Swiss children abroad to enable them to maintain their ties with their native country, regardless of their family’s financial situation.

The FYSA has organised a number of surprises to mark its centenary. The “Swiss Trip”, its most popular but also oldest offer, will take place twice as part of the celebrations. Swiss children from abroad will spend 10 days travelling right across the country to discover Switzerland’s diversity in terms of landscape and culture. In addition to these two offers, seven other summer camps will be held at various locations in Switzerland. At these camps participants will visit attractions, discover lakes, mountains, rivers and landscapes on short hikes and explore cities. Some days will be spent at the camp base where we will enjoy games, sporting activities and various workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain fascinating insights into Switzerland.

In cooperation with the Circolino Pipistrello, the FYSA is also organising a circus anniversary camp. At the Circolino Pipistrello interactive circus, Swiss children from home and abroad will jointly put together a circus gala event under the guidance of experienced circus instructors on the theme of “100 years of the FYSA – at home in Switzerland – at home in the world”.

The interaction with participants from other countries and the exchange across linguistic, cultural and national boundaries present a unique opportunity to make new friends and enjoy some unforgettable moments.

There are still places available on these nine summer camps. You can register at We would also be pleased to send you our information brochure with an overview of the offers available by post on request.

The Foundation has also set up a fund which provides less well-off families with a financial contribution to the camp costs of their children. The FYSA encourages families to register with it to provide their children with the opportunity to enjoy such a special experience. The relevant form can be ordered on the registration form or downloaded from our website at: We would be pleased to provide you with further information and look forward to a fantastic anniversary summer.

Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA)

Alpenstrasse 26, CH 3006 Berne, Tel: +41 31 356 61 16, Fax: +41 31 356 61 01, Email:,