Leisure and citizenship

Enjoy your spare time

Being a citizen of another country isn’t only about rights and duties but also about participating in local leisure activities.

Political rights as a citizen

Politically, in the canton of Vaud, you can take part in elections and voting in your commune, you can be elected or have a seat in the commune council and sign initiatives or a commune referendum. To do this, certain conditions are required:

  • Be over 18 years of age
     

  • Hold a residence permit for over 10 years
     

  • Live in the canton for at least 3 years

In addition, volunteering and community life play an important role in Vaud society. Many of the associations that currently exist have been created by immigrants. These associations aim to foster a harmonious relation and mutual understanding between Swiss nationals and foreigners.

They have put together several activities, multicultural events and places for exchange and meetings to happen.

Volunteering

If you wish to commit some hours each week to a cause that is dear to you or set up an association, Volunteering-Vaud can give you all the information you need. Volunteering can be a stepping stone in helping you find a job by expanding your field of expertise and network.

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Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale
Responsable : Appartenances - Centre Femmes Lausanne
Lieu du cours : Lausanne
021 351 28 80 
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale en faveur de femmes migrantes avec ou sans enfants.
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale
Responsable : Appartenances - Espace Femmes Riviera
Lieu du cours : Vevey
021 922 45 23 
Accueil, rencontre et orientation sociale en faveur de femmes migrantes avec ou sans enfants.
Action en faveur de l'intégration de la population rolloise
Responsable : Municipalité de Rolle
Lieu du cours : Rolle
021 822 44 44
Cours de français
Activités autour du français
Responsable : Commune de Montreux
Lieu du cours : Clarens
079 228 62 16
Activités sociales variées permettant d'apprendre et de pratiquer le français dans toutes sortes de situations (conférences, visites culturelles, ateliers)
Activités de rencontres et d’animation
Responsable : Appartenances - Espace Femmes Yverdon-les-Bains
Lieu du cours : Vevey
024 425 06 65
Rencontre et animations en faveur de femmes migrantes avec ou sans enfants.
Age et migration
Responsable : EPER
Lieu du cours : Lausanne
021 613 40 70
Activités d’information et de socialisation les personnes migrantes de 55 ans et plus
Age et migration
Responsable : EPER
Lieu du cours : Yverdon-les-Bains
021 613 40 70
Activités d’information et de socialisation les personnes migrantes de 55 ans et plus
Arc-En-Ciel multiculturel
Responsable : Commune de Villeneuve / CIV
Lieu du cours : Villeneuve
077 407 58 75
Evénement multiculturel
Atelier Cuisine d'Ici et d'Ailleurs
Responsable : Service de la Cohésion Sociale
Lieu du cours : Chavannes-près-Renens
021 633 33 40
Activités interculturelles autour d'un atelier de cuisine
Atelier de Préparation à la Naturalisation
Responsable : Service de la Cohésion Sociale
Lieu du cours : Chavannes-près-Renens
021 633 33 47
Préparation aux thématiques en vue du processus de naturalisation (histoire, géographie, civisme)
Atelier d'échange interculturel
Responsable : Commune de Bex, secrétariat municipal
Lieu du cours : Bex
079 365 07 47
Ateliers d'échange et de partage d'expériences vécues en français.
Atelier Préparation à la naturalisation
Responsable : Commune de Montreux
Lieu du cours : Clarens
079 228 62 16
Préparation aux thématiques en vue du processus de naturalisation (histoire, géographie, civisme)

Religion

Switzerland guarantees the freedom of religion. In the canton of Vaud, everyone is free to practice their religion. The Arzillier Maison du dialogue is an interreligious association allowing an exchange between persons of different religious and spiritual traditions.

 

Welcoming international employees

The Welcome days & Reloc'coffees are special events for international employees who have recently arrived in Switzerland, as well as their spouses, organised by the service International Link of the Vaud Chambers of commerce and industry (CVCI).

Culture

In the canton of Vaud, there is a rich culture of activities available: festivals, traditional events, shows, exhibitions, cinemas, concerts etc. To stay informed of what is going on in your area, visit the website of the Vaud Tourist Office (OTV) or on Tempslibre.ch.

Discover the permanent and temporary exhibitions at the canton of Vaud museums. They are free every first Sunday of the month.

There are also many libraries: the Bibliothèque cantonale universitaire (BCUL), the intercultural library Globlivres, as well as those of your commune. It is generally free to register at a library.

The CarteCulture, offered by the Caritas network, enables low-income families to take part in cultural and social events, they can benefit from discounts related to culture, sport and training.

Sport, art and youth activities

If you are looking for sporting or artistic activities (volleyball, football, music, theatre etc.), you can visit your local commune centre. A list of local associations offering these services is also available.

In all the communes of the canton, associations and local communes have a number of extracurricular activities (summer camps, youth centres, youth counsels etc.) that are on offer for children and young people. Your commune or the youth activity liaison group can give you more information on the subject.

Groups of young people who organise social, sport or cultural projects can ask for financial support from the cantonal delegate for children and youth group.