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?