LAS edge

LAS edge is a program that emphasises self-discovery, highlighting the LAS mission statement of "developing innovative, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world." Each week of edge is dedicated to exploring one of these traits in depth, introducing students to well-known inspirational speakers, taking them on company visits, and inviting them to participate in fun activities that are designed to push their limits. Evenings for edge students are a time to unwind, spend time with LAS edge Families, participate in planned group activities, or even take part in workshops, talent shows, dance competitions, or banquets. 

Themed Weeks

Innovation Week

Objectives:
  • discover how technological developments affect the way we live and what implications it might have for the future
  • discuss space travel and nuclear research with world-class specialists
  • test your imagination and creativity when developing a prototype of a product you design
  • learn innovative approaches to studying, developing individual and group projects, and personal development
Possible Topics:  social entrepreneurship, nuclear research, space travel, globalization and the labor market, digital risks and data protection
 
Recent Guest Speakers:
  • Didier Manzoni: Deputy CEO at APCO Technologies SA, a company that focuses on space technologies
  • Richard Johnson: Director of Sport and Youth for HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein and author of award-winning international communications campaigns
Excursions: Geneva (CERN), Indoor Skydiving, and Hublot Watch Factory
 
Projects: Design eco-friendly community gardens and entrepreneurial challenge

Compassion Week

Objectives:
  • understand the role and necessity of volunteering
  • gain hands-on community service experience
  • appreciate the importance of compassion in a variety of socioeconomic contexts
  • compare and contrast the roles and missions of different stakeholders involved in humanitarian aid
Possible Topics: humanitarian aid and human rights, migration and cultural diversity, natural disasters and mitigation, context-specific and participant approaches to development, deepening generational divide
 

Recent Guest Speakers:

  • Randall Zindler: Former CEO of Medair, a humanitarian organization focused on relieving human suffering in some of the most devastated places.
  • Nicolas Moreno de Palma: Impact Partnership Manager at Simprints, a company committed to bringing biometric data to fight world poverty

Excursions: United Nations and World Health Organization in Geneva

Projects: Volunteering with guests from the refugee center

Responsibility Week

Objectives:
  • appreciate the multi-scalar nature of being a responsible citizen
  • learn how to act on issues that are close to your heart
  • become more self-aware and build confidence through a variety of challenging activities and stimulating coaching sessions
  • critically engage with the 21st century global challenges and evaluate solutions
 
Possible Topics: collective responsibility and self-awareness, environmental sustainability, social action and student activism, integrity and gender equality in sports, positive discrimination, securitization of terrorism threat
 
Recent Guest Speakers:
  • Jamie Andrew: Amputee Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker
  • Nicolas Vaudroz: International artist based in Leysin

Excursions:

  • The Olympic Museum and Modern Art Museum in Lausanne, and the Matterhorn in Zermatt

Projects: Art workshops (“creative activism”)

LAS edge believes that energized minds are curious minds. By striking a balance between lessons and fun we aim to find the sweet spot where excited, curiosity-driven learning occurs. Edge is offered to students who are 13 and older, and encourages the development of leadership potential through a focus on LAS's three core values- Innovation, Compassion, and Responsibility. This program dives into a variety of challenging topics that will be explored in depth through company visits, lectures by well known guest speakers, and dynamic activities designed to push students' limits. This unique three- week session only runs once a summer and spots are limited so click here to apply today! 

Daily Schedule

LAS edge is designed to challenge, excite, and keep students on their toes- for this reason, no two days within the program are the same. Below you can find some sample schedules showing what a given day could look like.