Deadline: 1 September 2013
Open to: Active youth with an EU passport who want to live, volunteer, study, travel, work and obtain a BA teachers education through a learning-by-doing approach. You need 12 years of schooling.
Scholarship: Saving-up period for your scholarship
The DNS Teacher Training program is made for you to become a person in your own right. A human being – not defined by your job or your salary, but by your humanity and personal values and skills, your ability to live and work together with others, and to bring necessary changes to the community.
DNS educates you as a teacher. In your future work you will enable your students to understand the many phenomena of the world, you will teach them a large amount of knowledge and you will share a lot of your own experiences and attitudes with them.
A teacher plays an important role in society – especially in a society where more and more people – parents and children – get marginalized, discriminated and become poor – not only in material things, but indeed in lack of proper care and attention in school and lack of opportunities. For all students – rich or poor – the big task for the teacher is to prevent alienation and create a human culture building bridges between all kinds of people.
We know that you cannot do it alone. You need cooperation with your friends and team mates and guidance from your teachers. You will need a busy program to challenge you, and make you do much more than you thought possible.
Bachelor in “Pedagogy”
Bringing up and instructing children and youth to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge and wisdom they need to carry the future of humanity, is no small task. It is necessary that their teachers get a wide variety of personal experiences.
They must experience people’s life in the poor parts of the world in the villages as well as in the cities, for the poor ones who struggle for survival, as well as for the rich ones, and for the growing middle class who struggle to create themselves a place in the modern world. They must also experience their own society and life for the many different people living in Europe societies under very different conditions. How are all the different people living here, coping with the so-called financial crisis, obesity and loneliness?
Outline of the education
- Year 1 – The International Practice Field includes 2 months in Denmark preparing for a 4-month bus travel through West Africa; and 3 months of elaboration and information work for people in Europe.
- Year 2 – The European Practice Field includes 6 months training in experiencing and understanding the national reality by seeking employment in factories and other workplaces. Living, studying, working and organizing cultural events in a bigger European city; 3 months studying at the school and 3 months “Doing what you find most appropriate to do”.
- Year 3 – The School Practice Field includes 8 months training, working and understanding the reality of children and teachers by seeking employment in a European school; 4 months at the college studying and final exams.
You should have 12 years of schooling or equivalent work experience.
DNS college can enroll students holding EU passports and the teaching language is English. You don’t need to be fluent in English, but able to communicate and study in English. The education leads to a Bachelor degree in Pedagogy from One World University and a teachers certificate from the DNS college.
Within the 3-year education, there are working and saving up periods included in the program, where the students can earn their basic living expenses and school fees.
The expenses for the 1st Year have to be saved up before the program starts. It includes school fees, the basic living costs like food, accommodation, some pocket-money and the costs of the study travel to Africa. The amount is 7000 €.
Some students can earn all the money in their home countries or somewhere else and just arrive when the program starts. Others earn at least part of the money by themselves and if they have no possibility of raising the full amount alone, they can apply for joining DNS’s saving-up group, where they seek all kind of jobs together – and at the same time build up their team – to raise the funds in a common effort.
The official start of the program is 1st September each year. To apply, send DNS an email at [email protected] and they will forward you further information regarding the application.
Following is an outline of the enrollment procedure:
- Receive DNS’ first information letter with an application form AVAILABLE HERE attached.
- Send them your application form and any more questions you might have.
- Tell DNS when it is best for you to be contacted personally for a Skype or phone interview.
- Get a phone call from one of their representatives to discuss all details and ask and answer any questions there can be.
- Join a Preparatory Weekend at the college in Denmark to meet with DNS students and teachers. There is a preparatory weekend every month.
- Decide if this is the program for you.
- Have a one-to-one meeting with a DNS teacher about personal matters and your economic situation.
- Agree on a Saving-Up plan for you.
- Fill in the enrollment papers and pay an enrollment fee of € 550
For further information, contact DNS Tvind at:
The official website is AVAILABLE HERE.