After School Activity Centre "SFO" (Children aged 6-14) (DEN-4)

Type: Education, Children - Country: Denmark

Brief description and main aims

After School Activity Centres "SFO" are open to children from 6-14 years old. The children come to the centre before and/or after school, while their parents are at work.

Trained pedagogues arrange activities for the children, and a volunteer would be good help in an SFO. By having a volunteer the project wishes to give the children an understanding of other cultures and countries already at a young age.

Main Activities

The children at the SFO play sports, do craft-work, play computer games, play board games, draw, play music, and do other activities together.

At the SFO the staff spends time with the children, either by suggesting activities for the children, participating in the activity, or supervising the activity. 

Volunteer tasks

As a volunteer in an SFO your main task is spending time with the children. Different activities are available for the children, and you are expected to take part in some of these activities.

If you play an instrument, have computer skills, play soccer, or have any other qualification, you will have the opportunity to arrange an activity for the children. Helping with homework might also be relevant in an after school activity centre.

Activities based on your nationality and background will also be useful for the children, as they benefit from knowing more about different cultures and countries. 

Some activities in an SFO may take place outside. This is especially the case during the summer or when the weather is nice, though some activities may also take place outside when the weather is colder.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

To work in an after school activity centre it is important that the volunteer:
  • Has basic/good English skills
  • Is independent - take initiative and show interest in the children 
  • Enjoys working with children (6-14 years of age)
  • Can be creative in his/her activities with the children
  • Wants to learn about Denmark and Danish culture
  • Is flexible and understanding in relation to the consisting work place environment
  • Enjoys living in an rural area/small town, as the projects are situated outside of main cities.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a host family.

More Information

Please understand that we cannot give you more specific details in the work profile. ICYE Denmark cooperates with different after school activity centres all over Denmark. If you are interested in working as a volunteer at a Danish project, please fill out the project priority list and let us know why you are motivated to work in a Danish after school activity centre. When a host family is found we will make arrangements with an after school activity centre in the nearby area. Two months before your arrival in Denmark we will be able to give you specific details about your project.

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