About Rhianna Goacher

Rhianna Goacher

Hi I'm Rhianna and I'm a VA Rep this summer in Adelboden, Switzerland. It's my first time in Switzerland and working for VA so I'm excited to meet the groups and have a great summer with everyone! I'm about to start my final year at Leeds University studying French and German after living in Germany for a year and I love films, hiking and travelling to new places!

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good bye!

30 Aug 17

The last groups have gone home, the chalets are empty and Adelboden is seeming eerily quiet now the season has come to an end!


It’s been a fantastic and busy summer, with 10 groups making their way out to explore Switzerland over a 5 week period. We’ve headed out to the beautiful Oeschinensee and the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, shopped ’til we dropped in Interlaken, had a (snow)ball up at the Jungfraujoch and hiked up to Our Chalet. More »

Getting Berned!

26 Aug 17

The week is drawing to a close for our last two groups for this season, and what a week it’s been!

On Wednesday, West Bromwich opted for a chilled out day at leisure; it was much needed, considering all the hiking this group have been doing! Meanwhile, Frome Valley also had a chilled out day (but in a very different way!) ; the group headed up to the snowy Jungfraujoch, where the girls spent most of the day at the Snow Fun Park. They took the opportunity to do some snow tubing and have a go on the Flying Fox zip line. The leaders had their own fun relaxing in the sun with a hot chocolate!


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Welcome 1st West Bromwich and Frome Valley!

22 Aug 17

A big welcome to our last two groups in Adelboden for this season, 1st West Bromwich and Frome Valley Guides! Both groups arrived into Adelboden on Saturday and were keen to get exploring!

1st West Bromwich had a busy Sunday; visiting Our Chalet and later in the afternoon swinging from the zip wires at Adventure Park Rehärti. Meanwhile, Frome Valley decided to take the day to relax and prepare themselves for the busy week ahead!


1st West Bromwich kitted out for their trip to the Adventure Park!

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Surbiton and 3rd Poynton chase some waterfalls…

18 Aug 17

It’s nearly time for us to say goodbye to Surbiton and 3rd Poynton Guides, it’s been a blast! The groups have been extremely busy these last few days in and around Adelboden, both spending Wednesday in the village bowling and enjoying the sun at the Panorama Pool (again!).

On Thursday we visited the spectacular Trümmelbach Falls – Europe’s largest subterranean water falls. The collection of 10 glacial falls drains the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau alone – that’s 20,000 litres of water per second (no wonder it was so noisy!).


A bird’s eye view of Surbiton Guides!


3rd Poynton enjoying the Falls


Next, 3rd Poynton and Surbiton headed up (in cable cars) to the small car-less village of Mürren, which sits at the foot of the Schilthorn (1638 m above the Lauterbrunnen valley).

The girls all took some time to sit with an ice cream and appreciate the scenery, before heading back down to Lauterbrunnen.


Village of Mürren

The groups’ last day here has been more relaxed. Everyone headed to the Woodcarver’s via Cholerenschlucht Gorge, a 100m long rock gorge with an impressive waterfall!

Afterwards, the girls headed to the Woodcarver’s to collect their handmade woggles. It was then time to hike to Our Chalet in the beautiful sunny weather!

3rd Poynton and Surbiton take Interlaken

15 Aug 17

3rd Poynton and Surbiton Guides have had an extremely busy start to the week in Switzerland, and wonderful weather to do it in!

The groups woke up bright and early on Monday morning to head to Engstligenalp via cable car. Once up there, it was a leisurely walk to the Cheesemaker’s where they saw different types of Alpine cheese being made – of course, there were tasters. In the afternoon, Surbiton decided to head into the village and go for a swim and 3rd Poynton spent the afternoon swinging from zip wires at Adventure Park Rehärti!


Ice cream for breakfast? Definitely!


Today, another early start saw the groups head to Interlaken via boat trip on Lake Thun, before which I managed to convince everyone that 10am was a completely acceptable time to have ice cream at the docks. The day of souvenir shopping ended in the Chocolate Show at Schuh Chocolatiers, where the girls got to see how different types of chocolate were made, before trying them all out, naturally.


Important scientific testing taking place…milk chocolate was the overall favourite!


Money well spent

Let’s hope the second half of the week is just as good as the first one for Surbiton and 3rd Poynton!

Sun, Fun and a Toboggan Run

13 Aug 17

Surbiton Guides and 3rd Poynton Guides have had a fantastic day in sunny Kandersteg! After a busy day of unpacking and then heading straight into Adelboden for a dip in the Panorama Pool on Saturday, the groups first visited KISC to buy some badges and enjoy the beautiful scenery on their first full day.

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They then took the cable car up to Oeschinensee and had their lunch by the lake, some taking the opportunity to paddle. Then it was straight to the summer toboggan run for these groups, who all decided that one go just wasn’t enough!


3rd Poynton Guides enjoying the toboggan run!


It’s been a great welcome to Switzerland for Surbiton and 3rd Poynton, excited to see what the week brings!