Sigrid Nyholm Porse
WorldCampNordfyn is for you, who look out and into the global community to find solutions to challenges around you. As a part of a community of young people from all over the world, and through debate, creativity, and fascination, you will gain and give new perspectives and insights.
The basis for everything we do in class is civil engagement. We all have a voice that should be heard and a responsibility to contribute to society, at the same time, we must learn from the diversity we meet in the world. We must expand our horizon and listen to other's experience. In WorldCampNordfyn, we reflect upon society and we work towards converting your inputs, energy, and perhaps frustration into action - action which generates social change.
Sigrid Nyholm Porse
CONVERT YOUR IDEAS INTO ACTION
This means that you will work with project development and convert your ideas into action. Your stay at Nordfyns Højskole ends with either voluntary work with one of the school’s partners or with a self-chosen project, where you stay at the school. To make you ready for this challenge, you will participate in lectures and debates, where you will gain knowledge on culture, democracy, and international relations. You will be introduced to methods and theories about idea development, brainstorming, and project development. Hence, we will meet exciting people and organizations which evoke reflection and inspiration.
Regardless of you finishing WorldCampNordfyn with a project stay at the school or engaging in voluntary work with one of the school’s partners, you will experience how you can act locally by thinking globally. It is experiences that reaches far out from your time on the school and will give you important tools to better understand, challenge, and create social change in society.
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CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT PHASE
In 2011, Japan’s coastline was destroyed by a tsunami. Two days later, young people from Tokyo founded the organization, SET, in the small fishing village Hirota. The goal of the organization was to develop and support the re-construction of the local communities. The work continues to develop solutions for community building and social sustainability which can spread to the whole country of Japan. The philosophy of SET is built on the same values as the ‘Højskole’ philosophy in Denmark. A free space for change and a place where young people can find the thing that makes their eyes glow. As a volunteer, you will live in a shared house with students from SET’s Change Makers’ College. Here, you will become a part of the community building projects in the local community.
As a volunteer in Japan, you will encounter both local citizens in Hirota and young university students from the big cities who have traveled up north to pause stress and race. You will become a part of the local life when it needs help with fishing or events in the local café. How much project work you will get depends solely on your own attitude and drive. The more you say ‘yes’, the more you will experience, develop, and learn. Besides meeting a new culture, you must be prepared to communicate using signs and your body as not all citizens of Hirota speaks English. You can, however, expect that central people around you do and there will always be a helping contact person fluent in English.
If you choose to stay at the school, you will get the opportunity to create a self-chosen project in collaboration with other students on the subject. The project can be in line with projects from previous students, collaboration with local organizations, or it can be something completely new. It can be in the form of a campaign, events, happening or another form. The most important thing is that you generate action, change, and you have an inner flame. How much you need to work depends on your own attitude and drive. The higher your ambitions for the project are, the more you will learn, achieve, experience, and perhaps change.
During the project period, you will attend normal classes besides your project work. The A-subject time will be substituted with project-time in your schema but all the other classes and life at the school continues. This means that you can immerse in your project, dig deeper into a B-subject, and maybe try something new besides doing your practical project work. This also means that you continue living at the school and be a part of the community.
Louise is an outdoors entusiast, adventurer and dedicated climate advocate. She has a degree in Sociology , specialized with a masters degree in Human Security, focused on community building and young people's access to democracy