Danish higher education features innovative teaching methods and an informal learning environment designed to promote creativity, self-expression, analytical, and critical thinking.
The teaching style is strongly influenced by N.F.S. Grundtvig – a Danish theologian, writer, philosopher, historian, educator, and politician who identified a growing need for education among the peasantry of Denmark in the early 1800’s. The aim of the style was to help people become active and engaged members of society, give them upwards mobility, the means to enact political change, and a place to meet across social borders.
Characteristics of the Danish teaching style include student-centered learning and open debate during class, close collaboration between students and teachers, active participation and problem solving, and a focus on turning newly acquired knowledge into innovative solutions. The Danish school system emphasizes inclusion, which means that all students, independent of ability, attend the same school and classes, but each student can select different subjects at different levels, depending on ability. Students with various diagnoses are also placed in general classes, but with additional support.
In this program, you will have the opportunity to work as a volunteer in a Danish school. It is a great chance to practice your teaching abilities, gain experience working in a school environment, and learn how to interact with children aged five to nineteen. As a volunteer, you will have a contact person at the school, as well as an AFS contact person mainly responsible for your integration into the local community.
This is your chance to immerse yourself in the Danish way of life, education, and culture as you grow into yourself as an educator!
Where you’ll stay
You will live with a Danish host family and all meals will be provided by the family. This will be a great opportunity to experience full language immersion and proficiency.
You may choose from the following:
Schools for children aged 5 to 15
- Assisting teachers in language classes or other subjects in which you have an interest
- Helping with various practical tasks, e.g. in the library or outdoor
- Assisting in the kindergarten/after-school club with indoor and outdoor activities
- Taking part in the arrangement of special events and activities at the school
- Sharing your cultural background and language with the children
Secondary education (gymnasiums) for young people aged 15 to 19
- In these schools you will work as an assistant teacher in your native language or another language in which you are proficient. You will also assist teachers in other subjects in which you have special qualifications or interest
Participants must be between the ages of 18-29. There are no formal educational requirements.
In all types of schools, good English skills are required, as you must be able to communicate in English both in your school and your host family. If you wish to work as an assistant language teacher in a gymnasium, you will need to master a relevant language (e.g. English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese) as a native speaker (or at a near native speaker level).
The hosting schools are quite flexible about the skills and qualifications of their volunteers. However, you should be interested in education and be willing to interact with the students in a mature manner. You should also be able to work in the Danish school environment, which is characterized by a very informal relationship between teachers and students. You must be prepared to work full time in your hosting school and willing to engage in the life of your host family.