Big Bazaar in Nyon – Books in English, Sports Gear, Toys and Games, Christmas Decorations and more.

Every two years, the IWCN (International Women’s Club of Nyon) holds a big bazaar in the centre of Nyon and the next one will be on Saturday 25th October from 10:00 -16:00. The proceeds of this bazaar go to both local and international charities. The bazaar itself is a great opportunity to buy second hand English books, both non-fiction and fiction.  There will be stalls galore at the bazaar selling home made baking and Christmas decorations,  second hand sports gear, toys and games, jewellery, accessories and more. There will be a brocante, tombola, a chance to have a cuppa or a bite to eat at the “Bistro” on the day. Bring the children too, it’s a fun family day out and entry is free!  If you have any questions about the bazaar, contact Kay Bond:

Not only is this a good chance to support local charities, but a chance to meet some new faces too!

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Bazaar A


Bazaar Marina




IWCN Bazaar

Volunteer opportunities in Geneva and Nyon – from helping the homeless to organising conferences.


Image above courtesy: Serve the City.

Living in Nyon receives many emails from readers asking if there any volunteering opportunities in the area. There are plenty!  From helping to clean up the lake, to volunteering in charity shops, we will be featuring more of these on this site in the future.

In the meantime, here are three possibilities. The first is with the local documentary film festival Visions du Réel.  Although their site is in French only, you will find that many people in this organisation speak English.

The second is with Serve the City Geneva (they work in Nyon too)

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Above: “Serve the City Nyon” volunteers – photo courtesy “Serve the City”

The third is with International Conference Volunteers (the Living in Nyon editor has volunteered with this latter organisation before, there are lots of way of helping here, particularly if you want to volunteer your administration, writing, interpreting or IT skills).

Volunteers wanted for film festival in Spring

Visions du Reél, Nyon’s documentary film festival which takes place from the 25th April to the 3rd of May 2014, is looking for volunteers. Help is required in welcoming film goers, professionals and members of the public to the festival and with logistics and transport. If you are interested in helping out in this fabulous film festival  See here   Next year, this film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Volunteer with Serve the City Geneva or Serve the City Nyon. 

Looking for year round volunteering opportunities?  Take a look at Serve the City and the work they do around Geneva and Nyon. Many people from the international community volunteer their time with various temporary and permanent projects throughout the year with Serve the City. They are currently helping the Salvation Army shelter which houses 40 homeless seven nights a week. They serve breakfast and a hot dinner in the evening.  Their website is in English and French.     More info here and see video below.


Serve The City Geneva from ServetheCityGeneva on Vimeo.

International Conference Volunteers

ICVolunteers  is another organisation based in Geneva which offers many short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.

According to their website, ICVolunteers provides “motivated individuals with unique short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.volunteers offer their knowledge and experience to provide critical assistance to important humanitarian and other non-profit projects. At the same time, they also acquire new skills and grow both personally and professionally”.   There are lots of ways to volunteer with this association :

  • Conference Volunteering.  Work with other ICV volunteers to help plan, host, interpret and report on events for some of the most interesting and important local, national and international conferences.
  • CyberVolunteering. The CyberVolunteers Program recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers with skills in information and communication technology (ICT) for development. Volunteers participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months, offering their skills in areas such as web or software development, system administration and content generation.
  • Language services.  ICVolunteers recruits and coordinates volunteer translators and interpreters. We manage a network of community interpreters who accompany migrants (MigraLingua).
  • Communications and journalism.  Write and edit articles, interviews and other contributions for ICV publications, our website and other online forums.
  • Volunteering in different places around the world.  Volunteers can participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months in communications and journalism, information and communications technology, or conference services.
  • Other professional activities.  Individuals can apply their professional talents, including accounting, bookkeeping, computer maintenance, transportation services, and other important skills, to help our organization manage and build its programs.
  • Internships and ‘long-term’ volunteering with ICVolunteers.  We offer internships (unpaid) and long-term volunteer opportunities, be it in translation (from and to English, French and Spanish), event organization, writing and editing, Internet research, IT-related work (web, system and software development) and resource mobilization in Geneva (Switzerland). We are also looking for long-term volunteer for our offices in Canada, France, Mali, South Africa, Spain and are working with online volunteers.

Big Bazaar in Nyon Saturday, Second Hand books in English, Toys, Gifts, Brocante and More


Tomorrow Saturday 10th November, the  IWCN (International Women’s Club of Nyon) Big Charity Bazaar will take place in Nyon. This bi-annual event is a big fund raiser for local and international charities and a great opportunity for expats to meet over a bite to eat at the bistro at the bazaar, to buy second hand English books, toys, home made jams, and gifts, Christmas presents etc.

There’s a tombola too with lots of prizes too. The event will take place in the centre of Nyon at the Salle Communale from 10:00- 16:00 and makes for a fun morning or afternoon out for everyone.  See you there!


Photos above and below of previous bazaars.

More second hand English books this weekend in Geneva 

If you are in Geneva, you don’t need to miss out on the opportunity to buy second hand books as the English Library is also having their Autumn 2012 Book Sale which will take place over the next three days.  It begins on Friday from 10:00 -18:00, Saturday 10:00- 17:00 and from Sunday 12:00- 16:00.  Around 20,000 second-hand books in English will be on sale, fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, classified by subject including  special books and collectors’ items, DVDs and CDs. See site for details

Raising Multilingual Children workshop/ Paddy Ashdown speaker at Gala Dinner

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” and five other books on the brain and learning, will be visiting various destinations in Switzerland in November to present her dynamic workshops.  These workshops organised by Know it All Passport are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment!   See details below.  Also coming up on the agenda, is a Gala Dinner on the 31st October organised by “Friends of India”. The guest speaker at this dinner will be Lord Paddy Ashdown, diplomat, humanitarian, international envoy and author. Details below.

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

by world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D.  Tracey is half Japanese-American, half Irish-Native American and is married to an Ecuadorian. Her 3 children aged 19, 17 and 15 speak fluent English, Spanish and German and some French.

Tracey says there are ten key factors which influence every student’s success with new languages:

1)   Timing 2)   Aptitude  3)   Motivation  4)   Strategy  5)   Consistency 6)   Opportunity 7)   Language Typology 8)   Siblings 9)   Gender 10) Hand-use.

Each person will combine these “ingredients” together in their own unique “recipe” for learning. This workshop will familiarise teachers and parents with the factors and suggest tools for enhancing those which are shaped in the school context. Tracey will also explain how children learn languages and answer your questions. For example:

* Is it OK to have 2, 3, 4 languages at the same time or is it better for children to learn languages consecutively?

* When should your children learn multi-literacy skills?

* Who should speak what in order to maximize the best language skills?

* Should you learn a foreign language alongside your children? * Raising your child multilingualy has worked so far, but now your child is growing up and you have different questions about identity, literacy, strategy, etc.

* Come with your own questions and be prepared to share your own concerns about the best way to raise multilingual children.

18:00 Registration and welcome drink

18h:30- 20:00 Ten key factors which influence every student’s success with new languages

20:00- 20:30 Break with drinks and food

20:00-21:45  How children learn languages and Q&A

22:00 End

The workshops will take place in the following locations.

VERBIER, November 13,  LAUSANNE, November 14,  GENEVA, November 15,  ZURICH, November 16

Reserve early as spaces are limited. See here 

Gala Dinner 31st October with Lord Paddy Ashdown as guest speaker, For full details see Friends of India 



Two fund raising events coming up – Raclette evening in Nyon and a Poetry reading in Geneva

Fund raising event on 24th March in Nyon for reconstruction of schools in Haiti

Fund raising “Raclette Evening”  at 18:30 with wine, a live band (jazz and rock), good food and a tombola.  The event is being held  in Nyon on the 24th March at the Uni Global building on avenue Reverdil 8-10 (very near Nyon railway station).  Entry is CHF 50 to  include an apéritif, raclette, à volonté and a dessert buffet. For those who just want to go for a drink  there will be a bar open until midnght.
All the benefits are going to the charitable group called Save It. The group of students from Nyon gymnase who are behind this event ( in photo above) have been organising  T-shirt sales, cake sales and other events for the last two years since the earthquake in Haiti. To find out more about the group click here (info is in English) . To reserve for the raclette evening  click here or call Anabel Suter on 078 930 5906  (she speaks fluent English). 

 Poetry Reading on Friday 30th March with Carol Ann Duffy (details below). 

Event: 19.30 Tickets: CHF 30 Bookings:   Geneva Literary Aid Society click here for site .  Info below taken from GLAS site.

Carol Ann Duffy is Britain’s greatest living poet and certainly one of the most popular and entertaining. Her work is studied at schools and universities throughout the English-speaking world. She has been producing poems from the age of 11. When one of her English teachers died, she wrote: “You sat on your desk,/ swinging your legs, reading a poem by Yeats/ to the bored girls, except my heart stumbled and blushed/ as it fell in love with the words and I saw the tree/ in the scratched old desk under my hands, heard the bird in the oak outside scribble itself on the air.”

In May 2009, she became the first woman and the first Scot to be appointed poet laureate in the UK. In her first poem as poet laureate, Duffy tackled the scandal over British MPs expenses in the format of a sonnet. Her second, “Last Post”, was commissioned by the BBC to mark the deaths of Henry Allingham and Harry Patch, the last two British soldiers to fight in World War I. In March 2010, she wrote “Achilles (for David Beckham)” about the Achilles tendon injury that left England Footballer David Beckham out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; the poem was published in The Daily Mirror and treats modern celebrity culture as a kind of mythicisation.

Duffy wrote a 46 line poem Rings for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The poem celebrates the rings found in nature and does not specifically mention the couple’s names. In a Stylist magazine, Duffy said of becoming poet laureate “There’s no requirement. I do get asked to do things and so far I’ve been happy to do them.” Her poems are studied in British schools at GCSE, A-level, and Higher levels.

The Aula, College des Coudriers, 15a Avenue Joli Mont, (Opposite Balexert on Avenue Louis Casai.) Parking available in Balexert or in the school grounds or in College des Coudriers. Doors open: 18.30 for ticket collection and refreshments Date: All proceeds channeled to the Furaha Orphanage through the Geneva- based Solidarité Pour les Enfants du Kenya.