Working in Norway during Pre-course clothes collection

What it’s like to work in Norway in Pre-course? The challenges, experiences. Check out from Anna and her time working in Clothes Collection.

Working in norway

Half year ago I would have never imagined working in Norway Clothes Collection which surprisingly I enjoy doing. CC teaches me lots of things not just about myself, but also how to work as a team.

Working in Norway

What came to my mind as I started to write this blog post is that I am so happy doing this job. My reason is straightforward: I was shocked at the first time when I saw the colossal wasting. We collect tonnes of clothes every week, and not just worn garments, but new ones with their prices tags. Always wondering if not donating the clothes would the people throw them away or are they buying them for giving?

Working in Norway

Every decision what we make as citizens of the world will have an effect not only on yourself but also for someone else. Small things we do can cause a significant change because big things start with small steps. At the Introduction Week, we heard about Norge Gir Clothes Collection. A company, the school, has for our students to work in Norway and earn the program cost.

Our boss, Jan said that after every 1 kg of clothes we save the Earth for 4 kilograms of carbon monoxides. I am glad to do this because I feel like I am doing something to help the environment. In our age it is not just important, but also our duty to be responsible. It’s a little personal step to decide to donate your clothes. People who make this little choice to be environmentally responsible are the ones who make this job worth it!

What could be better?

Our containers are to collect only clothes and shoes, which bring me to the people who are not so kind. They use them as dumpsters, making our job much harder. Once we met a woman, who asked: Do we collect carpets? We said unfortunately not. The woman shook her shoulders, put down her dirty rug and left.

Since we don’t assemble carpets/blankets/pillows/furniture, we have to take it to the recycle station. Time and distance matter a lot in that job; if we don’t have enough space in the containers! People will throw their clothes away, or we have to clean up containers used as trash bins and add unnecessary working time to our day!

Positive side

Luckily we also meet genuinely good people during our work. Once an old Norwegian lady invited me to her house because she couldn’t carry two bags until the container. An entirely unknown person, who didn’t speak her language and yet she still invited me to her home.

Yes, CC is hard physical work, especially for a woman but in the end, it all depends on your attitude. We are having fun together, listening to music and dancing when tired and we see beautiful places around working in Norway. It is worth it personally, but we are doing something important, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.

Working in norway
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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.