Ideally located in the very heart of Europe, Geneva, Switzerland, is a cosmopolitan city with more than 186 different nationalities.
Among others it is the home of the Red Cross International Committee headquarters and many Non-Governmental Organizations that all endeavour to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles, aims close to the ones dear to TA fundamental philosophy to respect autonomy and dignity of all humanity.
Therefore Geneva provides an ideal location to gather the TA community around the theme of “Identity, Integration, Boundaries”
Switzerland has three official languages: French, German and Italian. French is the predominant language spoken in Geneva, but most citizens speak at least one other language. English is spoken by about a quarter of the local population and by the majority of foreigners. Of course you can hear just about every other language in Geneva if you listen hard enough, from Albanian to Zimbabwean. When dealing with locals it is recommended that you start off in French, even if it is only a greeting, before transitioning to English.
The local currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). One Swiss Franc equals approximately 0,95 Euro and 1.12 Dollar (as on May 2014). Banking hours are from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
July is a good time to visit Geneva. Temperatures range from 18°C to 27 °C. Evenings may be cool, in particular outdoors at the lake-side. It is advisable to bring some warm clothes with you. The weather in July is mostly sunny. On the average you can expect 5 hours of sunshine each day although you may experience some rain.
Information on the town of Geneva and the surrounding area with suggestions for activities and excursions can be obtained through the website (www.geneve-tourisme.ch).