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Category: Homestay
Host ID: 47146
Country: Denmark

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Last Updated: June 22, 2016

10 km away from the North Sea, beaches and beautiful landscapes, stands symbolic DNS Teacher Training College (BA in Pedagogy Science). It was started by revolutionary thinkers: teachers and students, in 1972 who wanted to include challenge, creativity and equality into current education system. During the years college evolved in many ways, but the main idea, aims remain: to educate future activists, conscious citizens of the world, another kind of teachers.

1. Windmill maintenance (repairs, technical check-ups, painting the windmill, going through special training) 3-4 months
Previous experiences are appreciated, but not essential.
2. Media and communications office (writing articles, taking photographs, organizing events, looking after our website, Instagram, Facebook, making videos, promotional campaigns, creating posters and designs for informational material)
Skills with Adobe Photoshop, website creation and maintenance, filming, editing, etc., are very much required. 3-4 months
this includes being part of a promotional roadtrip across Denmark and Sweden (driving licence required)
3. Hot Air Balloon festival (joining the preparation camp, meaning: preparing accomodation for guests and participants, decorating the campus, making food and refreshments, organizing cultural evening programs, etc.) 2 weeks. The Festival happens 2-7 of August.
Previous experiences in any of these areas are not mandatory.

For those, interested in working with youth who come from difficult backgrounds, there is a possibility of a long term volunteering position.
We are looking for 2 people (1 year)
and another 2 people (6 months minimum)to work in PTG Youth College (boarding school for youngsters). You would be staying in a boarding school.
Common routine in the mornings: breakfast, morning cleaning, morning assembly, dayschool, etc.
Creativity is applied every day, deciding what is the main focus for the day, what activities could be done.

Other activities we are involved in at the moment:
building mansion for geese
gardening, arranging greenhouse, weeding, picking up tons of strawberries,
working in the Tvindkraft windmill
refurbishing some rooms in the dormitories
organizing Hot Air Balloon Festival, other events, etc.
fixing bikes and rearranging our bike workshop
making a plan for permaculture garden
designing, establishing a cafe and B&B in the campus
maintenance work,

Students, volunteers here live in a community and not just attend lectures and consume consume consume. We are travelers, vagabonds, dreamers and artists who do not tend to live by school-university-career-family-retirement template. We look after each other, share responsibilities, grow our own food, produce our own energy, make decisions during common meetings and live adventurously.

The campus is located 4 km away from Ulfborg, 26 km away from Holstebro and it includes the college, PTG Youth College (boarding school) and Villa care homes for people with social, behavioural, physical difficulties.
Volunteers are more than welcome to use local gym, sports hall, cafe, music, art rooms, swap-shop facilities. Additionally, there is a football field, beach volleyball, animal (chickens, horse, donkeys) areas, bicycle workshop, a greenhouse, vegetable fields.
Campus locals are mainly students and pedagogues from different countries in Europe: Denmark, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, etc., so we are very flexible with languages, all of us speak fluent English. Each day a colourful program is taking place during the evenings, traditions like Tuesday Cafe, events like Peace Conference, Summer Theatre, Hot air balooning competition are about to happen in upcoming months. Students are very talented and depending on your curiosity can teach you different skills, from juggling to playing a guitar or from making organic soap to gardening. Besides this, hiking and biking are very popular activities in this area.

Feel free to write a message!

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