This program gives you a unique opportunity to develop your full potential by spending almost a full year in Denmark first working as a volunteer at a project and afterwards studying at a folk college.
Your volunteer experience
During the first half of your stay you will work as a volunteer and stay either with a host family or at the project. You select yourself which project or project area you want to work with. This gives you the opportunity to share in and contribute to the life of a community in Denmark and at the same time promote intercultural understanding.
You can choose between a variety of areas such as working with youth in after-school clubs, working with small children in kindergartens or nurseries, teaching children or adults, protecting the environment, assisting socially disadvantaged people, and much more …
Your folk college experience
Danish Folk Colleges offer non-formal adult education. Most students are between 18 and 24 years old. You sleep, eat, study and spend your spare time at the college. There are no academic requirements for admittance and there are no exams – but you will get a diploma as a proof of your attendance.
A folk college experience offers you a host of opportunities to grow in self-knowledge and to develop your own talents. One important arena for learning is the college’s social life during evenings and weekends.
You choose your folk college based on your area of interests or plans for the future. You can choose between four different folk colleges, i.e. Snoghøj folk college (focus on culture), Brenderup folk college (focus on interculture and arts), Vestjylland folk college (focus on arts and sustainability) and Nordjyllands Idrætshøjskole (focus on sports). See description of the four folk colleges under gallery.
- All costs in connection with your participation in this program are included: such as food, accommodation, language education and orientations. However, you will need to bring pocket money for your own spending. Denmark is an expensive country so it is recommended having a minimum of USD 170 per month.
- You will be met by AFS on arrival to Copenhagen airport and be taken directly to the on-arrival orientation. On day 3 they you will be helped board the train to your local community.
- You will be invited to mid-term orientations with AFS which are held in April and November.