How are the volunteers doing these days?

Alumni’s EVS volunteers at the International People’s College have now been there for about two months. They are putting a lot of effort in making their projects happen – they are super cool!

Here is a message from Justyna about some of her experiences in February:

“Already two weeks passed in February. There was Alumni board meeting at the first weekend and we had a chance to get to know some members of the organization that is hosting us and – I hope – charm them with our hot chocolate. We helped as well with the technical side of Scandivavian Cultural evening which was held on Saturday evening. My favourite sketch was “Little Mairmaid” impersonated by Rasmus. I spent entire Sunday in Copenhagen – our plan with girls was to go sightseeing – join two different free walking tours, but it was horribly cold and humid that day, so after one of them, we found very nice café with amazing cheese cakes with many flavours.

Week days were also quite interesting. At Human Rights Café we organized a screening of the movie “Ghandi” – more than 3 hours! But there were quite a lot of people who managed to watch it till the end – quite impressive. Pip bought necessary chemicals and inaugurated a darkroom that has not been used for 10 years! We had orgazanitional meeting of a book club where we decided which books we are going to read in incoming five months. First of them is „The disappeared” by Canadian writer Kim Echlin. I’ve already read a half of it – captivating love story with Cambodian revolution in the background. We also baked ginger cake for our coordinator – Bogna’s birthday. The cake is prepared in Pip’s family for Christmas. He mentioned that recipe comes from Jamaica. The same week we saw a presentation prepared by Amani about her live in Syria, situation in her country and her family background – it was very touching and also helped to understand causes of the war.

During the weekend, I visited Design Museum. My favourite exhibited items were armchairs from newspapers, original jewellery and a bamboo bicycle. On Saturday evening we had a party with amazing music from all around the world by Nikolaj – it gathered whole school – everyone enjoyed it. On Sunday we went for preparatory trip for longer hike in alternative weeks. We managed to do 26 kilometers in one day! Some of us seemed to be on their limits, but all made it. We went around pictoresque lake, passed ruins of the castle, through two forests, around an island, village with horses (a lot of tiny islandic ones) and a lot of fields. After our trip I slept a lot! :)”

The Human Rights café

IPC’s old but new dark room!

Invitation for 50 years anniversary!

IPC students of 1967 – 68… it’s time for a 50 year’s anniversary!

Were you a student at IPC in 1967 og 1968? Was your mother perhaps? Your aunt? Your partner?? Toni Michelsen – a student of the above mentioned terms herself – is looking for fellow students to plan the anniversary, which is taking place this 7th of October, and to spread the word of the event.

Read here the invitation from Toni Michelsen, IPC student 1967/68:

“Dear friends and former IPC students,

We were students at IPC fifty years ago, in 1967 – 68, and a 50 year’s anniversary is special, and must be celebrated. Would you like to join our reunion and meet each other again at IPC?

I have been at IPC rather often during the last fifty years, and am right now the chairman of the Board of IPC. Quite a lot has changed since we were students here fifty years ago (, but other things have remained the same. The objectives and core values of the school are still the same; it is a school, where young people from all over the world live, work and study together. The IPC experience has changed and influenced the life of a high number of young people since 1921, when the school was established, and continues to do so.

I have talked to the principal, Søren Launbjerg, who would very much like to see us all at IPC on Saturday the 7th of October 2017 at 10 a.m.

The programme of the day is not planned yet, but the suggestion is for us to have brunch at the school together with the present students at 10 a.m. Søren will tell us about the school, answer your questions and give us a guided tour of the school. The programme for the rest of the day will be planned, when we know who and how many will be able to attend the anniversary, and of course after we have received your ideas for the day’s programme.

Former students have kindly forwarded e-mail addresses to me, but compared to the number of IPC students in 1967/68 I still have very few addresses, so please circulate this e-mail to other IPC students from our terms, and ask them to send their e-mail addresses to me:

We were all IPC students before both e-mails and Facebook were invented. I will mainly communicate by e-mail when planning the reunion, but I have talked to one of the teachers at IPC, who can help to circulate the information, and Facebook might later be used as well, I just have to find out how.

In order to get the planning of our reunion started, I will once again ask all of you to send me e-mail addresses of fellow students, whom you know, as well as ask them to share the information with all former 1967/68 students they know.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon and seeing most of you again in October.

Best regards,

Toni (Michelsen, IPC student 1967/68)”

Update from the volunteers

Alumni’s two EVS volunteers at the International People’s College have now been here for about a month. They have been super busy but still had some time to reflect and write things little insight in their life at IPC. Definitely not an average everyday life!

Here is how it has been for our Polish volunteer – a first timer at IPC – Justyna Lisowska:

“We are more than one month at IPC with Pip. Unlike the previous volunteers, it’s for me the first visit in Danemark which also means that I have no previous experience in IPC. International People’s College (IPC) is one of Danish Folk High Schools. Students come from all around the world and are in diffrent age – starting from 17 years. The concept of the school is very diffrent from what I have experienced during my education – I really appreciate how equal and democratic is the way in which school is operating – it gives an opportunity to students and also staff to reveal a lot of talents and skills. Students do not receive any grades – they should attend classes and engage in proposed activities.

Our EVS experience started with a few days of integrational activities. There are around 100 students from all of the continents, which I also appreciate, because on my students exchanges and previous stays abroad I met mostly people from Europe. Whereas at IPC, I can get to know more distant cultures and discover that in the end we all share the same interests and hobbies. Apart from students, few days after us arrived to IPC Amani – Syrian blogger and translator – getting to know her is additional value to my overall EVS experience.

Students chose their classes and started attending them in the second week and we – volunteers started to organize our activities. Our main task here is running Human Rights Café and offering additional, outside of class activities for students. Apart from this, we help in the kitchen that serves amazing food (I have never eaten so tasty food with spices and flavour in a canteen!). We are also responsible for technical side of cultural events (students are devided by countries/ continents to present their cultures and traditions on Saturday evenings). At Human Rights Café so far we don’t complain about lack of customers, but it is hard to predict how many people will visit us – sometimes we have fifteen people at the same time craving for hot chocolate and sometimes when we assume, they will be coming, no one appears. Last month our most attended activities were documentary and movie screenings – I presented among them „Ida”, Polish movie and I was surprised that it can be interpreted in so many ways.

In this short time I managed to start sightseeing. I got to know a little bit about Helsingor in which we are staying with the castle famous because of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Skibsklarergården museum. Additionally, I visited city center of Copenhagen, Louisiana – modern art museum and Danish Parliament with one of the classes. Looking forward to incoming months and adventures!”

Sounds pretty cool, huh?

Get excited for Alumni Summer Camp 2017!

The Summer Camp has been an on-going project run by the Alumni, where former students of IPC have returned to the school to help out and give something back. Since its beginning in 2014, volunteers have helped clear the forest and make it easier to navigate for students staying at the school, built a path around the lake and built small cozy spots so that the students could to sit around and talk with one another in the nature.

Application deadline is 31rd of March 2017  – sign up here and find more information in the Summer Camp tab.

Hope to see you there!



Message from IPC Alumni’s first volunteers!

Anita Juristis and Tomáš Justa were EVS volunteers for IPC Alumni from August to December 2016; here is a little insight in their experience shared with us by Tomáš.

Last week the two new volunteers – Pip Fazakerley and and Justyna Lisowska – arrived at International People’s College. More information is to come very soon! But first: a message from our old volunteers:

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