About us

The Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) was founded in 1996 by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva, with the support of national and local entities, both public and private. Its objective is to facilitate the installation and integration in the Geneva and Lemanic region of international civil servants, members of permanent missions, consulates, NGOs, Multinational Corporations as well as their families. It also organises and supports cultural and social events which promote exchanges between the Internationals and the local community.

The mission of the Geneva Welcome Centre is threefold:

  1. To offer practical assistance to newcomers - particularly with housing, schooling, and other issues - and answer questions Internationals may have throughout  their stay in the region.
  2. To examine the requests of international NGOs wishing to establish themselves  in the Geneva area, in collaboration with the appropriate Cantonal and Federal authorities.
  3. To launch or support projects aimed at promoting cultural and social exchanges between International Geneva and the local community.

Services offered by the Geneva Welcome Centre:

Newcomers Network

A program of activities offered throughout one year to all the international newcomers and their family which allows discovering Geneva :
• Lunchtime conferences
• Discover Geneva and the Lemanic region
• Conversation Exchange Programme

 Housing and Information

A unique source of information and personalised guidance :
• Support in finding accomodation
(online housing programme)
• Settling-in & departure support
• Lease contract proofreading / tenancy law
advice
• Administrative procedures

 Events and Cultural Kiosk 

Get-togethers and exchanges between the local community and Internationals :
• Afterworks in the City
• Special theme evenings at La Pastorale

 

Cultural Kiosk at UNOG ( door 6 )
• Show tickets sales
• Practical and touristic information
• Discovery of Switzerland’s cultural offer

 NGO support

Assistance and support to International nongovernmental organisations, whether already based or interested in establishing an office in Geneva :
• Interface between NGOs and public
authorities
• Online NGO recruitment platform
• Meeting rooms on request

Delegates Welcome 

A support to delegates attending international conferences, trainings and meetings in Geneva :
• Logistical support and pratical information
• Potential subsidy to reduce accommodation
costs
• Working and meeting rooms available
(7 days a week on request)

 

 A web portal dedicated to welcoming International in Geneva

Since 1996, the Geneva Welcome Centre has contributed towards strengthening and developing the influence and attractiveness of Geneva and Switzerland as centre of international cooperation.

 

The CAGI would like to welcome you to Geneva.
We hope that you will enjoy your stay in our country