National Conference


The National Conference (NC) is the yearly membership meeting of YFU Switzerland. This is the moment, when the Board and the National Director inform it’s highest body, the membership meeting, about the action they have taken during the year. This is also the moment, when overarching decisions are taken and new board-members are elected. Although there is a legal aspect to this event, the NC is always coupled with a social event, where volunteers, alumni, supporters and friends of YFU meet and enjoy each other’s company.

National Conference 2023


28. January 2023

Welcome and Opening

Start Membership Meeting


La Grange, Chemin de la Fontaine 1, 1752 Villars-sur-Glâne/Fribourg

15 minutes by bus from Fribourg Train Station

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All members of Youth for Understanding Switzerland are invited to participate in the National Conference.

Sign up closes on the 6th of January 2023.


YFU Switzerland
National Support Team
+41 31 305 30 60

Dear friend of YFU  

Thank you for your continued support to YFU Switzerland! It is our pleasure to invite you to the National Conference 2023 which will take place in

Salle Communale La Grange in Villars-sur-Glâne / Fribourg
at 10:30 AM on January 28th, 2023.

We will be looking back on a year of transition, with good results, 107 students abroad and 28 students in Switzerland, a great 60th anniversary and a growing financial stability. Yet at the same time we were facing a few challenges in different regions as to the way we are operating.

Following the National Conference, we will be introducing members to the YFUTURE project, an invitation and an opportunity for YFU Switzerland to consciously pave the way ahead, starting with a common vision to be outlined by all involved, strong values to be revisited and adjusted, an architecture and ways of communicating and functioning to be re-aligned with today’s realities. YFUTURE should be characterized by a pragmatic approach and step-by-step implementation.

The attached program gives you the rough rundown of key elements which will take place on January 28th, 2023. As always, more detailed elements will be added in the coming weeks, so you have all the information you need.

Please sign up below until January 6th, 2023 at latest!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Villars-sur-Glâne and in the meantime wish you a happy Festive Season! 

Marc Weiss
Chair of the Board
YFU Switzerland

John B Borruat
National Director
YFU Switzerland

Invitation to the National Conference 2023

Fiscal Year
01 Oct. 2021 — 30 Sept. 2022

Please take a train ticket to Fribourg and then catch the bus B5, B11 or take the train S21 to Villars-sur-Gláne. Trains from Geneva 08:42 / Lausanne 09:20 / Zurich 08:32 / Basel 08:13  / Bern 09:34.

If you have any questions, please contact David Gauss on 076 422 70 69.

Note: The Conference is taking place “in person” and is not meant as a broadcasted event unlike the past two years. In case future sanitary regulations do not allow a physical meeting, the conference would be changed to take place “online only”. Participants would then be provided with a direct link to connect to the conference at latest 48 hours before start. Please note this is only in case the conditions cannot be met to hold the conference “in person” in a way that is judged “feasible and advisable” by the Board.



Welcome coffee


Start Membership Meeting


Short break


Membership Meeting resumes




YFUTURE Workshop


Short walk in the Area




Dinner on site prepared by Region Fribourg


Fun evening YFU



Welcome and Opening

Marc Weiss, Chair


Minutes of the National Conference 2022*

Marc Weiss, Chair


Board’s and National Director’s Annual Report

Marc Weiss, Chair
John B Borruat, ND


Financial Statement, Auditor’s Report Fiscal Year 2021/22*

Julie Tomka, Chair Finance Committee


Fund regulations update (not voted on)

Sophie Condrau


Discharge of Board Members

Marc Weiss


Board Membership Changes*

Joël Floris


Budget for 2022/2023

David Gauss, AFSC
Finance Committee


Motions (if any presented)

Marc Weiss, Chair


(anything can be brought up but not voted on)

Marc Weiss, Chair

* Additional information for all agenda items marked with an asterisk 

Any additional information about the Conference as well as the following documents will be uploaded to below as of January 6th, 2023 

  • Item 2: Minutes of the National Conference 2022 
  • Item 4: Financial Statement, Auditor’s Report Fiscal Year 2021/22 
  • Item 6: Documents of the candidates for Board Membership 

Please note: No printed versions of these documents will be available at the National Conference! 


To be considered, any motions or additional nominations for Board elections (through written recommendation by ten members of YFU Switzerland) must be submitted to the Board ( no later than December 31st, 2022 (4 weeks prior to the National Conference).

YFU Membership

Returnees 2021-2022 as well as active volunteers and staff are automatically members of YFU.

Switzerland. Anyone else becomes a member by paying a membership fee, which, following a decision by the National Conference 2020, amounts to CHF 80.- per year.  

In order to limit administrative costs, there will be no special post mailing reminding members to pay their fees. However, anyone willing to become/stay a member is invited to send their membership fees to YFU Switzerland, Alpenstr. 24, 3006 Bern, IBAN CH42 3000 5227 9620 8779 0. You can also scan the QR -Code down below with your banking app in order to pay your membership fee.

In case you wish to donate, use IBAN CH73 0900 0000 3002 6359 3 or check our website under or There it’s is possible to do via Twint.

Please note that only members have a right to vote during YFU’s general meeting and that, should any membership be controversial, the Board has the final say on who can become a member of YFU Switzerland.

Travel refund

The ½-price ticket for public transport to Villars-sur-Glâne will be reimbursed to members on a voluntary basis. Amounts not collected will be considered as a donation to YFU Switzerland.

COVID restrictions

Please note that the COVID restrictions in force on January 28th, 2023 will be strictly enforced, including, if advised by the authorities at that time, wearing masks and/or sanitary passes with ID checks.



Financial Annual Report – 2021/2022


Minutes of the membership meeting — 2021/2022


Agenda to the National Conference 2023


Guidelines to YFU Switzerland’s funds


Meili Oliver: CV


Meili Oliver: Motivational letter


Garzoli Sabina: CV


Garzoli Sabina: Motivational letter

Please note: No printed versions of these documents will be available at the National Conference!  

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