Secondary education in Denmark usually takes two to four years and is attended by students between the ages of 15 and 20. Secondary education is not compulsory, but usually free of charge, and students have a wide range of programmes to choose from. Some education programmes are academically oriented, the most common being the Gymnasium. Others are more practically oriented.
In this program you have the opportunity to work as an assistant language teacher in a Gymnasium assisting the language teacher in the classroom and you will also be involved in other activities at the school.
This is a great chance to test or practice your teaching abilities, to gain experience working in a school environment and to learn how to interact with young people in a school setting. You will also learn about the Danish way of teaching and learning which is quite informal and group-orientated.
The volunteer tasks can include:
- Assisting teachers in the language education (of your native language or another language at which you are good)
- Assisting teachers in other subjects where you have special qualifications or particular interest
- Assisting in the organization of projects and events taking place at the school
- Assisting with administrative or practical tasks, e.g. in the school library
Which tasks and responsibilities you will be given depend on your interests and skills. You will be working closely with one of the teachers, who will support and guide you.
You will work 30-37 hours per week including your language lessons. You will be part of the staff group and typically take part in staff meetings.
- All costs in connection with your participation in this program are included: such as food, accommodation, language education and orientations. However, you will need to bring pocket money for your own spending. Denmark is an expensive country so it is recommended having a minimum of USD 170 per month.
- You will be met by AFS on arrival to Copenhagen airport and be taken directly to the on-arrival orientation. On day 3 they you will be helped board the train to your local community where your host family will meet you at the train station.
- You will be invited to mid-term orientations with AFS which are held in April and November.