Danish 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!