Centrepoint exists for the International Community in Basel, using English as a common language. At our newly refurbished "home" in central Basel we house an English language library of over 6000 titles (this is the American Women's Club in Basel's book collection), and a DVD library. We run many activities for members and guests, including 13 different conversation groups a week (including German, French, Basel-Dütsch, Spanish, Italian), social activities, children's clubs, book groups, adapting to change workshops, tours and other events.
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
It is easy to describe the facilities at this school as quite simply, there aren't any. After almost 4 full years since it's inception and despite many promises to the contrary the school still does not have a gym (PE lessons take place in a room with posts), there is no library to speak of and anyway not enough books to go round, no science labs, the school playground (which turns into a sea of mud at the slightest drop of rain), houses an extremly unsafe climbing frame which has been the site of many accidents resulting in its' being deemed unsafe one week and safe the next by the school principal, other playground equipment consists of 2 free-standing plastic basketball hoops, a couple of skipping ropes and some plate-spinning and other circus-juggler paraphanalia. Extra-curricular activities at this school have included cricket (played with a plastic cricket bat and a set of plastic stumps purchased from a local supermarket chain), no expense spared here! (Continue)
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Watch out for the landlords. Protect yourself as the business people appear, but are not, honest. They have little ethics.
The city is central to everything and getting around is easy. If you like culture, this city has a lot to offer. The food is terrible. It is very expensive to live there. There are no provisions for working women. Men are very chauvinistic.
I made a number of friends and do like the Swiss, but watch out for the ethical guidelines as they are not like ours. (Continue)
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Local English speaking club called Centre Point. Also the Professional Women's Group has very interesting topics and a fun mix of people. I've also heard good things about the American Women's Club. (Continue)