The Ecole d’Humanité is located in the alpine village of Hasliberg Goldern in Switzerland, just off the rail line between Interlaken and Lucerne. Surrounded by the aweinspiring peaks of the Bernese Oberland, our international village for living, learning, and growing is home to students and adults from some 20 different countries. The stunning natural setting provides both a wholesome learning environment and exceptional opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and climbing.
120 students are at home in fifteen «families» at the Ecole d’Humanité. Each family is headed by two or three teachers and lives in one of the school’s chalets. Families eat together in the common din ing hall, and each Wednesday is a dedicated «Family Evening» when Ecole families spend time together playing games, cooking, or working on projects. Living in a mixed group of students of both sexes and various ages and cultures helps everyone to see beyond stereotypes and to appreciate individual differences.
The Ecole d’Humanité functions as a community and students take charge of such important tasks as organizing weekend activities, delivering fire wood, taking care of the goats, running the library, and raising awareness of global and environmental issues. Some are active in the Student Council or involved in peer counseling. Everyone participates in the weekly school meeting, which is chaired by students. At this weekly «Schulgemeinde», stu dents can address both individual and community concerns, learning to find their own voices within a public forum.
The Ecole d’Humanité strives to realize a simple, environmentally responsible lifestyle. By limiting both material and electronic consumerism, we at tempt to create a space where students can engage directly and honestly with other people, with our cultural heritage, and with the natural world. Addi tionally, creativity is able to thrive and students and teachers are free to discover and explore their own unique strengths and passions with a greater free dom from many of the distractions found in other settings.