ICYE in the World
|Name:||Musik og Sang Efterskolen I Uge – MUSA|
|Brief description and main aims|
The first “Efterskole”-s were founded about 150 years ago. The schools were closely related to the Danish Folk High School and the educational ideas of the Dane, N.F.S. Grundtvig (1789-1872), who wanted schools to provide enlightenment for life rather than formal vocational training. The “Efterskole” is a unique Danish residential school, where students from the ages of 14 to 18 can choose to spend one, two or three years to finish their primary education. Each Efterskole is a self-governing independent institution and they all deal with both the educational and personal development of the students. They embrace a common educational focus on enlightenment for life, general education and democratic citizenship.
One of the things unique to the “Efterskole” is the teacher-student relationship. The teacher is responsible for both teaching and supervision outside of school hours. This means that teachers and students are together all day from the time the students wake up until they go to bed. This often engenders a close, personal and non-formal relationship between students and teachers.
MUSE wishes to create an international atmosphere at the school, for the students to gain intercultural competences. Most “Efterskole”-s offer the same subjects and final examinations as the public schools, but many focus on special subjects like physical education, music or theatre, or offer various kinds of special education. MUSE focuses on music and singing, and these are the main activities at the school.
You will mainly be in charge of sport activities like soccer or basketball in the afternoon. Some days you will also have the possibility to teach various subjects together with a teacher. There will be evening duties (supervision of the students) together with other teachers.
Once a week you will have an evening duty with other teachers – eat dinner with the students, help students during their homework hour, take part in evening activities (sport, music, games etc.)
The school is also open for students during weekends, which means that you will take part in weekend duties or activities maximum once a month. During weekends, students cook, relax, and do leisure activities arranged by either students or teachers.
37 hours a week (teaching + supervision Monday – Friday plus weekends once in a while). Some weeks it will be more than 37 hours a week, and some it will be less.
The school also travels once a year to another European country and the volunteer can take part in this travel if he/she wants.
|Volunteer requirements / Skills|
To be a volunteer at MUSE it is important that the volunteer:
The school is situated in the most southern part of Denmark in a rural area. The nearest biggest city is Aabenraa, and there is only 17 km to the German border and the ‘gateway’ to Europe.
|Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)|
The volunteer will live in an apartment at the school. He/she will dinner together with the students on a daily basis in the dining hall.
Please fill out the project priority list with a motivated statement, based on your competences and skills, if you wish to be a volunteer at MUSE in Denmark.
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