Seafaring, Vikings, castles, and quaint harbors beckon volunteers to Denmark’s chilly shores. Denmark is a small but mighty Nordic nation in Scandinavia, surrounded by the Baltic Sea to the east and the North Sea to the west. The Kingdom of Denmark includes Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It has the longest continuous coastline in Europe, with no location further than 52 km from the ocean. In the Middle Ages, Denmark was an agricultural, Christian kingdom, but after the Reformation and 300 years of losing territory, Denmark ultimately adopted a democratic constitution in 1849. Now, hard work, the protection of civil liberties and traditional family life dominate Denmark’s lifestyle.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Denmark, you will be hosted by Dansk ICYE, ICYE’s partner organization there. Dansk ICYE provides a multitude of opportunities for United Planet volunteers to create lasting friendships and make a difference in this beautiful country.
We are so proud of volunteers like Taylor who do their part to create a global community, one relationship at a time. Taylor volunteered for one year in a small primary school in Amager, Denmark. During the day, she would help out in English classes for grades three to nine, assisting teachers with lessons and helping out with the needs of the classroom. In the afternoons, Taylor would take the younger children on field trips and conduct other activities as part of an after school program.
Taylor would like to recognize her host family, the Frødings, from her host community. Taylor says, “They treated me like part of their family, getting to know me and letting me truly get to know them; they were overwhelmingly generous with their time and energy, going out of their way to introduce me to traditional Danish customs and to have me experience parts of Denmark I wouldn’t normally have seen. Being a host family isn’t easy but through kindness, understanding, and a healthy dose of Danish humor, the Frødings truly made Denmark feel like my second home.”
Taylor remembers her experience: “United Planet was a phenomenal experience that I will always be thankful for and it introduced me to people, places, and a culture that I will always cherish.”
Volunteers work in residential homes, helping to take care of the elderly who live there. Many of the residents are physically or mentally weak and are nursed by professional staff. Volunteer tasks include assisting the occupational therapist in instructing the elderly in various kinds of handiwork/crafts.
This type of project normally requires basic Danish.
Volunteers assist a high school teacher in the volunteer’s native tongue, usually Spanish, English or French. Volunteers serve as conversation partners and tutors for the students while learning about the Danish education system and classroom.
Volunteers assist in nurseries (children ages 0-3), kindergartens (ages 3-6) or after-school activity centers (children ages 6-14). Working with children from ages 0-6, volunteers can play with the children and do some practical work. Similar duties exist when working with children from age 6-14, but since they are school children, volunteers can also help the children with their homework.
The entire town is an open air museum of urban history and culture. You will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time as you explore the town.
The top of the tower provides a breathtaking view of Copenhagen. If you are visiting during the winter months, then you’ll be able to gaze at the stars from Europe’s oldest functioning observatory.
Enjoy a relaxing walk along the Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen. The harbor is surrounded by colorful houses, a few of which were inhabited by Hans Christian Andersen.
Hygge, pronounced HYU-gah, is a concept that loosely translates to a sense of “coziness” and “togetherness”, particularly when enjoying time with friends or family. Maybe the idea of hygge explains why the Danes are considered the happiest people in the world?
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6-month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|January 2018||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
|August 2018||$10,525||$13,745||Monday, February 19, 2018||Monday, March 19, 2018||No Late Deadline|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.