It’s that time again, when we tell you all about this year’s epic Glion Summer Program and you wish you’d been there. Unless of course, you were. Either way, sit back, scroll down and soak up the summer fun that our future hospitality superstars had in Switzerland and London over two eventful weeks in July.

First up was the home of hospitality, Switzerland, and a week at the Glion campus on the shores of Lake Geneva (jealous yet?). After arriving from around the world and settling in, the participants started day one with a chilled boat ride across the lake from Montreux to Lausanne, giving everyone a chance to get to know each other.

Ouchy or the Olympics

In Lausanne, participants had the option to visit the Olympic Museum and take part in many interactive games, or head to the area of Ouchy for some sightseeing. The museum proved very popular, after which everyone met at 5:15 PM for the bus ride back to Glion.

Far from calling it a night after dinner, in the evening, there was a visit to the amusement park at Fun Planet where participants enjoyed indoor karting track, bowling, video games, and mini golf – in the dark.

The real work begins, sort of

Across the week there were five different hospitality workshops for the participants to attend each day: cocktail creation, art de la table, kitchen, housekeeping and front office. One such workshop involved a trip to Le Bellevue Bar bar at Glion for a cocktail making masterclass, including blind taste tests.

At the Art de la Table Workshop, Chantal Wittman, MOF service et des Arts de la table, Gastronomic Restaurant Manager and Senior instructor, showed participants how a table is supposed to be set and learned service theory and procedures to follow. Everyone had a go at folding napkins and the important task of carrying plates, picking up and removing plates.

The view wasn’t bad either.

Making friends on the beach

After a visit to Les Roches Global Hospitality Education campus, participants headed to the Beach Club in Crans-Montana for some free time. Some took a dip in the lake, others played volleyball, went for a walk in the forest nearby or visited Crans. They also got to meet Les Roches Summer Program participants before everyone enjoyed a BBQ.

Experiencing luxury

On Wednesday, participants enjoyed free time in Montreux and a guided tour of Fairmont Montreux Palace, where they also attended a banquet dinner. Thursday saw a trip to a parc adventure attraction and thermal baths.

To round off the week, participants went to La Plage du Pierrier in Clarens to go paddle boarding and enjoy quality time together with newfound friends. For those who didn’t want to get wet, there was an opportunity to walk around in the park and play volleyball or ping pong.

The Swiss Summer Program ended with an excursion to Gruyère where participants had the chance to visit the Cheese Factory and Maison Cailler. On the final evening, a grand farewell dinner was held around a Swiss Cheese Fondue. It was quite a week, with everyone creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. And for some, it wasn’t over yet.

Week 2 – London

The London Summer program picked up where Switzerland left off with a busy schedule of activities, trips and events. Monday and Tuesday saw participants have four classes and workshops about luxury hospitality, followed by a visit to the South Bank and London Eye. Both nights ended with a communal dinner, giving everyone a chance to catch up and share stories.

Wednesday was a day of pure luxury, with a private visit to world-famous department store Harrods, before it opened to the public. After Harrods, participants had some free time in the world’s best city for international students and then headed to Rosewood London for a stand up lunch. This was followed by a presentation and guided tour of the hotel, visiting rooms, restaurants, lobbies, the spa and also behind-the-scenes access to the back of house.

Work and play

On the Thursday participants received an introduction revenue in luxury hospitality through an interactive workshop, before heading to Westfield Stratford & The Orbit, at the London 2012 Olympic Park. The day was rounded off with bowling and dinner.

Behind-the-scenes access

The second week of the Glion Summer Program drew to a close with a tour of The Four Seasons Hotel London. Participants had the chance to watch a chef from the Japanese and Chinese restaurant make fried rice in front of them – and try it themselves if they wanted to!

They also had the chance to visit the spa as well and sample ‘The Residence’, a new project developed by Glion alumna, Perrine, offering guests a beautiful terrace and view of London.

With knowledge gained from a Luxury Careers & CV Workshop fresh in their minds, participants headed to The Ritz London for the final evening. The farewell dinner started off with some awards for participants, followed by an exquisite banquet dinner served by Louise, who was currently on an internship as part of her second semester in Glion.

Summer Program 2020

Like what you see? We’re doing it all again in 2020, and you could be there. Join us and you’ll be introduced to the world of luxury hospitality through expert Glion faculty, trips to exclusive venues and behind-the-scenes experiences. Add the amazing memories, moments and friendships you’ll make, and it’ll be a summer like no other.

Take a look at next year’s itinerary for Switzerland, London, or both weeks, and discover the Summer Program 2020.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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