Intro-week at One World Institute

You’ve just joined one of our programs at One World Institute Norway. There’s lots of adventures awaiting, but let’s talk first about how you get started on your new journey.

Introweek at One World Institute

Intro-week

The first step is what we call the Introduction Week, or shorter, the Intro-Week. The activities that take place during this week are designed to introduce you to the One World Institute community.

Our school is around 20 km away from Øyer (and 25 km from Lillehammer – a better known city) in a mountain area, at 883 m altitude, right next to Hornsjø Høyfjellshotel and Hornsjø Lake. So we are right in the middle of nature. Here you will meet the team that will be by your side throughout the program. There’s usually people from different countries, with different backgrounds, and lots of exciting stories to share!

What else will you do?

On the more serious side, you will receive general information about the program you’ve joined from the headmaster and the school staff. They will introduce the concepts that our school revolves around, so you will get a sense of how the school and the community work.

You will also meet people who have finished the program, or students who have started a program before you. They will present their travels around the world, or their volunteering experiences in a project in Africa or India. This way, you’ll be getting a glimpse into all the possibilities that our programs offer.

Intro-week at One World Institute

Pre-course

In case you have applied for the pre-course, it is also during this week when you will find out about the available jobs. By the end of the week, the jobs will be distributed among you and your team mates.

Now on to the fun part! There are many activities to help you and your teammates get to know each other: from team building games, all the way to exploring together the area around the school, or the facilities inside the school (ping-pong table, sauna, swimming pool, bikes, billiards, library, etc).

Intro-week at One World Institute
What better way to get to know your team mates?

Usually, Intro-Week comes with the first “out-of-your-comfort-zone” experience! It may be a 1 or 2 days survival trip around Lillehammer, or around the school. Or it may be a task that you will have to accomplish with your team. It always varies. But it’s always fun! And by the end of this you might say, like many other students have said before you: “I can’t believe I did that!”.

Intro-week at One World Institute

By the end of this week, you will have received your job and you will either stay at the school, leave to Denmark, or to another part of Norway for the whole length of the pre-course. In the middle of the pre-course you will meet all your team for another week; this is called the Mid-Way Meeting. For the Mid-Way Meeting, all of you will gather back at the school from wherever you are around Scandinavia.

Intro-week at One World Institute
One challenge could be reaching a place without using money

When are the teams starting?

We have new teams starting the Pre-course every March and every September. The Intro Week takes place right before the start of the Pre-course. The pictures in this post were taken during the Intro Week for the teams that started in March. You missed being a part of their team, but it’s just the right time to make an appointment, chat with us and apply for the next team.

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.