Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Clothes Collection in Norway

One of the school’s vital jobs is Clothes Collection. We have many students working as collectors during their Pre-Course, to help fund their team budget – and ultimately their volunteer projects in India or Africa!

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Why is this an essential job?

Let us break down some of the reasons: 

  • Part of the revenue generated by clothes collection helps the continuity of our programs by providing jobs for students. 
  • It’s environmentally friendly! A collection container saves about 10 tonnes of CO2 per year.
  • Benefits markets in Africa – 40% of donated clothes are shipped and sold in markets, generating a profit and helping the local communities.

In Norway alone, we have around 800 containers, many of which are filled with top-quality clothes, which translates to finer pieces for buyers (ideal for business!)
Undoubtedly, it comes with deep questions of how we act as a society, how consumer capitalism is rooted in our daily lives.

We should continuously ask ourselves:

  • Do I truly need this new item or this a spur of the moment desire?
  • Can I reuse/repurpose something I already have? 
  • How can I reduce my carbon footprint and act towards a greener planet? 

Perhaps, we need to take a moment to consider how we, as a society, can change collectively? 

Think twice before buying. Give a new purpose to clothes you no longer use, offer them to a friend or donate them, using one of our many containers.

Each and every one of us is responsible for the waste we produce, we can be more mindful and improve our habits to fight climate change and work towards a better planet – one who is not compromised for present and future generations!

Green tips:

  • Buy second hand! You can do it at one of the 55 Humana shops spread around the globe!
  • Apply the 3R’s on a daily basis: Reduce – what you buy!, Reuse – what you have! Recycle (donate) – what no longer serves you!
  • Avoid contributing to the fast fashion industry – vintage is the new cool, anyway! 😉
  • Take quick showers! Water is one of the most precious things we have – use it wisely!
  • Use alternatives to plastic! Nowadays, there are options like bamboo, glass, wood, and reusable produce bags. 
  • Cut down the carbon emissions by reducing your energy usage – turn off the lights once you leave the room, the planet will thank you!
  • Plant trees! Fun fact: did you know trees have their own network, communicating their needs and sending nutrients to each other? How cool is that?! Besides, more trees mean less carbon dioxide and more oxygen – overall, a healthier world.
  • Spread (environmental) awareness: not only hold yourself accountable but those around you, your friends, your colleagues, your government representatives. We are all responsible for the future of our planet and together we can save it!

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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.