Who We Are
The One World Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty. We address the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments that cultivate social change and support our global vision: a sustainable future.
The Idea of the School
This school is an alert and rich multi-cultural environment where teaching and learning takes place; not in a traditional school system but one where we can be inspired through studies, courses, team meetings and common meetings, and where all aspects of life at the school are debated, discussed and concluded upon. Since the One World Center is a boarding school there are many possibilities to create a colorful and diverse environment where we meet and share daily life with many people from different backgrounds and cultures. We interact and grow together through sport, art and a variety of entertaining and political evening programs.
There are also a few other elements worth mentioning here:
Improving the Physical Environment at the School: It is a very important skill for Development Instructors (volunteers) to be able to see what needs to be done to create a good, physical environment around them. Apart from cooking, cleaning and weekly actions to maintain the school, building weekends are held 4 times per year to upgrade and renovate the space we live in both indoor and out.
Garden Farming & Why We Do It: Threats from pollution, lack of water, global warming and climate change, pesticides, food poisoning, rising food prices and hunger catastrophes have become reasons for questioning the way in which we ordinary people get our food. All of those, along with the reality that the communities where we send volunteers fight a daily fight to gain food security, give us many valid and essential reasons to grow our own food and we intend to find ways to increase this production in the coming years.
Integration: We have built a close cooperation with the students from the day school and the young adults from the care home with whom we share our life, buildings and facilities. The life together includes cultural and evening programs, sport, cooking, art and nature trips to mention a few. Through such activities, the students from the day school and care home get feel truly included in the life around them and most importantly they gain the possibility to contribute to life at the school. We also integrate with the local community by inviting our neighbours and the refugee group from the nearby Red Cross Centre to participate in our cultural events.
You will no doubt learn and benefit from, and play your own part in building upon, these and many other aspects of the environment and activities at this school.
How we run the school
At the school centers we do not have specialized staff for cooking, cleaning, maintenance and gardening.
Instead the Development Instructors, students and teachers all do the practical tasks together. Each morning starts with a short teachers meeting where different issues and tasks are discussed and organized. Maybe one student is sick and needs to go to the doctor or the car needs a check up - a student and a teacher can do that, perhaps there will be an inspection tomorrow, so we make extra cleaning and preparations for that - etc.
Around once a month we have a building weekend, either at our own school center, at one of the care homes or we are invited to travel to another school center to join with others in a bigger building weekend.
The DIs help to clean and cook at the school as well as taking care of their Responsibility Areas on daily or weekly basis. It can be the kitchen, food, the cars, the garden, the workshop, the sports hall, equipment and sports time / tournaments (involving other schools also), it could be music and Tuesday café, weekend trips, a weekly trip to the nearest town, film evenings or other cultural events.