Volunteer and Travel
When you are faced firsthand with the reality of The Poor in one moment, and in the next you meet the enormous wealth of the rich next door, you realise something about the world that you really cannot learn in any other way. When you study and prepare yourself before meeting this reality, then you gain an even deeper understanding and it means you are in a position to get involved in working towards and supporting necessary development.
This is what we are offering with the Development Instructor programmes at our school in Denmark. In 1970, the first team with a ‘travelling to learn programme’ set off in their converted bus, travelling from Tvind in Denmark to Asia and Africa. The bus was not only their transport, but also their pedagogical tool. When they returned and wanted to share their experience and so more schools offering this programme were started...
…and over time a treasure trove of experiences and knowledge about life and developments in Asia and Africa was gathered at the schools and in the hearts and minds of hundreds of students and teachers. With this knowledge there also grew an intense wish to take concrete action. To DO SOMETHING shoulder to shoulder with The Poor, to tell people about it, and to mobilise many more people to help. These actions and ideals are something suited to all kinds of people. Younger and older people, those with or without university education, people with or without specialised skills. It could be something for you!
The Development Instructor programmes have different durations and profiles, but they all have the same main elements:
1. Training, studies and preparation together with a team at one of the schools.
This is an intensive study period, where you learn about the big issues facing the world today and gain a new understanding of politics, economy and history. Nowadays plenty of information is readily available at the touch of a button, but as an individual it can be very difficult to make sense of it all. We believe it is not possible to understand the situation in the world today if you rely only on the mainstream media and have few people to discuss and debate with because smokescreens are spread and sometimes outright lies are told. Our students will bear witness to the fact that together, and with the assistance of experienced teachers, you can reach a new level of understanding. This balanced understanding is necessary to fully understand the plight of The Poor and to be ready to take action. You will also learn about Africa and India, and you will prepare specifically for the development project where you will be volunteering in the next period. If you choose one of the teams of 18 or 24 months, you will also be enrolled as an online student at One World University in Mozambique and study for an A-certificate (1/3 of a BA) under the faculty Fighting with The Poor.
2. 6 or 8 months voluntary work at one of Humana People to People’s development projects in Africa or India.
Here you work closely with the staff and the local community around the project, to support, teach, improve and develop the work the project does. The main areas of work are health campaigns, education on all levels (from pre schools to One World University), community development and environmental projects.
3. Evaluation and information work
When you return from your time at the development project, you will spend the third period sharing your experiences with the public. The 18 and 24 months teams have 4 to 6 months period (dependent upon the programme) for this work and for sitting their final exams. This period is a very important one, and you will fully understand why when you are in the second period, you will be inspired and want to share your experiences and knowledge and understanding. You will want more people to understand about the situation for The Poor. The sky and your imagination are really the only limits for what you can do. It could be an information tour in your home country or elsewhere, writing a book, performing street theatre, doing presentations at universities or...
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