FIGHTING WITH THE POOR
“In this Program, we invite you to study, learn, understand and act upon the main contradictions in the world today. ”
You will carry out investigations and learn about how you can act for the good of many. The world needs people who will take action, show examples and make way for intercultural cooperation and values that others can follow, and which have a decisive impact for the benefit of all. It is not just about helping someone.
It is about joining people’s struggle for a better life. Through practical action, you gain an understanding of and a deep respect for other people, and you come to take a stand against narrow-mindness, inequality and poverty. This training challenges the culture of individualism that most of us have been brought up with. To benefit from it, you have to invest your engagement and act with responsibility.
By doing that you will not only develop a strong cooperation with your teammates and teachers, but you will also acquire skills in working with others that will be useful to you for the rest of your life, wherever you are and whatever you do.
By joining a team in the Fighting with the Poor Program, you are in for a busy time with many challenges, studies, practical work, travels, discussions, comradeship and collective living, twenty-four seven. You will grapple with defining issues of our time. Throughout the program, you will be mobile and on the move, changing your location and what you are doing according to the necessities within the elements oft he Program.
PRE COURSERead More
The Pre-Course is a Period previous to the Start of the 24 months Program, created by us, for our students.
We are aware of the economical situation of the world today and we are also aware of the salary level in the European Countries. For this reason, we have created a way to obtain a scholarship by working 6-9 months in Norway, Sweden, Denmark or other European countries in order for you to be able to cover up the cost of our Program. The work you will do in this period is whatever we, you and your team mates can find: dishwasher in a restaurant, cleaning, collecting second-hand clothes from collection boxes, work in a school for kids with special needs, salesperson in a secondhand shop or other jobs.... Some of the jobs we can provide, some of the jobs you and your team mates will find with support from the school.
You have to be aware that you can not earn money for private purposes this way - even if you quit the work or quit the 2 years program no money will be paid out to you privately.
Other private expenses:
SAVING UPRead More
This is a Period dedicated to finishing your fundraising for the cost of the Program. Mainly here you fundraise for your Traveling to come. You will explore the national and European field to find the best places to work to earn and save money.
You will decide on and practice common economy together with your team, prepare the travel, deciding on the travel route and study about the travel countries. You will also be in contact with the people responsible at your future Project in Africa or India, considering and discussing in the trio and in the group, you will train languages, skills to use on the travel, in the country of destination and in the work at the project.
STUDY PERIODRead More
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 travelling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.
TRAVELING PERIODRead More
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 fights, 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.
PROJECT PERIODRead More
The Project Work in Africa or India
takes place in cooperation with Humana People to People (www.humana.org). In this period, you can work at:
Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energized 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 fi ght against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.
Studying and working with your Specialization in Fighting with The Poor, finalizing 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 video film. Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to better the daily life.
The Project Work in Africa or India
Returning to the school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting in the team, showing and telling, exchanging experiences and knowledge, distilling it and making it common knowledge
Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, radio broadcasts, 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 on tour in the European field to spread the new knowledge in a thousand ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, radio broadcasting, TV reports, exhibitions – leading to clearer understanding and inspiring to action. Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Concluding on the program, using the last time together to throw up future perspectives for The Poor and the big issues of our time.