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samedidepartage

The non-profit organization, Serve The City Geneva, is looking for volunteers to help them out at the next big community event in their calendar: the Samedi de Partage.

Taking place on 4 June 2016, the Partage event is normally held twice a year and enables Serve The City Geneva's partner organizations to offer a hot meal to over 900 people every day.

About 40 to 50 helpers will be needed at the June event to collect food and personal care products in 4 stores across Geneva.  Shifts are generally 3 or 4 hours long, and you can sign up for 1 or 2 shifts.

So who is Serve The City Geneva and why are they involved in this event?  Volunteer, Gary Vannatter, told knowitall.ch,

"STC Geneva is an organization that aims to mobilise volunteers by partnering with existing organisations that are already serving the poor and marginalised. By mobilising resources in the form of volunteers to organizations, we believe we can impact individual lives and the communities we serve. The organization partners with homeless shelters, refugee centres, orphanages, and other associations, and invites volunteers to show kindness through practical help and support."

BN building

Enter our competition and win a 2-night break for 2 people in a Base Suite (see conditions below)!

A new concept in apartment hotels has just arrived in Nyon. Located just 50 meters from Nyon station, Base Nyon opened its doors to the public on 1 October 2015, and features a modern, contemporary design with 52 top-quality suites, which can be booked for any length of stay ranging from one night to several months.

The suites are targeted at business people, who expect the high standards of a premium hotel when visiting local companies, as well as new employees looking for the flexibility of temporary accommodation, and tourists looking for a convenient short stay in a buzzing holiday town like Nyon.

With many large multinational companies now setting up in this region, Nyon is currently experiencing an economic boom, which is expected to place considerable pressure on the local market for accommodation over the next five years, including both long-term rental apartments and short-stay hotel rooms.  So the arrival of a prestigious apartment hotel, which meets the demands of many different visitors to the region, has come at the perfect time.

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Enter our competition to win an invitation for two at their special birthday celebrations on Thursday, 13 November!

It is now 10 years since removal specialists, Harsch, The Art of Moving, set up their invaluable relocation service, Harsch Relocation, in Geneva and Lausanne. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the company will host a special event for clients and partners at the MAMCO museum of modern and contemporary art in Geneva, on Thursday, 13 November, 2014.

As a long-standing partner of Harsch, Know-it-all passport has been fortunate to receive 2 additional invitations for its readers to attend this event, which will include a guided tour of MAMCO, as well as a welcome drink and post-tour dining cocktail which, judging by previous Harsch events, is guaranteed to impress!

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How many times have you heard people talking about how wonderful it is that we live in such an international area as the Lake Geneva region?  People are coming and going all the time  - many plan to stay for just a few months, others inevitably stay longer, as they fall in love with a region that has so much to offer – not just to tourists, but visiting business professionals, and expats who have decided to make Switzerland their home.

Once the decision has been made to stay, be it for one week,  several months, or even years, then it’s time to start looking for accommodation.  A quick browse on the internet or through the local papers can be extremely helpful in identifying property to rent – however most of the properties advertised usually require long-term rental contracts or are not furnished. Even if you have decided to stay for a few years, many families, in particular, prefer to test the water first, by staying in a hotel until they have got the feel of the area. As time passes and suitable properties fail to materialize, costs can soon mount up.

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A new community art project has just been set up in Geneva, designed to brighten up our streets and help Geneva residents get to their neighbors better.

Created by the Tako organization, the new project, called “Boîtes d’Echange Entre Voisins”, encourages residents to leave items that they no longer require in their local box, in exchange for other items already left by their neighbors in the same box.

By swapping personal belongings such as books, CDs, DVDs, and games, it is hoped that residents will not only enjoy the element of surprise and anticipation surrounding the discovery of a box and its contents, but they will also come away with a better understanding of their neighbors, and what interests them.