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EVS Volunteers Spring Term 2018

In January IPC Alumni and IPC welcomed the two new EVS volunteers to the school. They are Lucile Trouchaud and Madgalena Potrawiak and in the two months they have been here, they have made a lot of projects. The Human Rights café is up and running and the infamous EVS-hot chocolate is back! Lucile and Magdalena live among the 100 international students at the International People’s College, so their days are filled with people and activities. They help the kitchen setting up for meals, they act as technical support during cultural evenings, they have a key role in the planning and participating in the forth coming Alumni Reunion Weekend at IPC in April and at the same time they learn Danish, hang out and run smaller projects of their own.

Sounds busy?

If you want to follow their activities, the volunteers have set up their own platform for the Human Rights Café project, where updates, events and vlogs will be posted as the project develops.

Click here to see the platform.

Lucile wrote a small introduction to herself;

“I am 22 years old and I am from Toulouse, France. I like riding sports, spending good times with friends and family, and listening/playing music. I am in a long term relationship with food, and specially casual food, street food and all kind of melted cheesy meal. You can also call me a pizza lover. I’ve got a Bachelor Degree with a major in marketing and communication.”

…and here is Magdalena’s introduction:

“I was born and raised in Kraków – the cultural capital of Poland. My first big passion was dance. I’ve been a ballet dancer for almost 10 years. In the meantime I also fell for English and travelling. These two things are still an integral part of my life. I graduated from university with a master degree in American studies and English Philology, specialization: translation and I’ve been working with languages ever since. I worked as an interpreter at Auschwitz Memorial and Museum, taught English at the University of Sevilla to finally turn into a translator specialized in audio visual translations. Before coming here, I was an office manager at one of the publishing houses in Kraków. My interests are non-verbal and intercultural communication, problems and strategies of translating culture-specific content, Scandinavia.”

We in the EVS coordination team and the rest of the IPC Alumni are happy with our volunteers and are looking forward to the rest of the project!


Be part of the IPC Alumni Human Rights Project in Bosnia this Summer!

IPC Alumni is hereby launching its human rights project “Step in: Human Rights Education and Communication in Conflict Resolution” taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20-26 August 2018!

For this project, IPC Alumni needs YOUR help! We are looking for country coordinators, who will coordinate the group of Alumnis from their country. Country coordinators will have the task of promoting the project among Alumnis in their country. It is a big plus if you are connected to any organization, NGO etc. in your country. Country coordinators will have travel expenses and accommodation covered by IPC Alumni!

Read more about the project and eligible countries below, and apply for being a country coordinator HERE.

DEADLINE for application for country coordinator: 30th of January 2018!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at, or Bojana Ilic, Bogna Jalowiecka, or Esben Asmussen on facebook.

More about the project:

Building on our experience from The Human Rights Cafe at IPC, the project will be implemented in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project will be composed  of 24 Alumnis from various countries. The participation in the project will provide the participants with broader knowledge about human rights, with special focus on children protection and refugees law, responsibility to protect doctrine (R2P), together with knowledge about international institutions and organizations supporting promotion and education about Human Rights, such as United Nations and Council of Europe as well as conflict resolution methods. Besides the theoretical knowledge, the main aim of the project is to equip the participants in practical tools and methods needed in youth work, in order to enrich their skills and simplified acting as Human Rights educators. The project will be run by experienced youth trainers with academic background and practical expertise from humanitarian and development projects related to the topic of the project.
The main core of the project is 6-days long training course. During the stay, participants will be participating in games, simulations and exercises about the topic. Due to active participation in activities and evaluation provided for any of them as well as for the whole training, the youth leaders and youth workers will learn how to implement the knowledge learned in practical activities and workshops after being back home.

Eligible coordinators/participants: Residents in one of the European countries, and also Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, or Tunisia

Seminar with IPC Alumni in Italy

Do you want to sharpen your skills for NGO work, social activism and non formal education?

Then go to a seminar with IPC Alumni to Italy this February!

The seminar will take place in Chieti, Abruzzo Region (Italy) from 12th till 18th February 2018.

The seminar is about evaluation, assessment and recognition in non formal education, and IPC alumni can send 2 participants residing in Denmark, Germany or Poland. All costs are covered and up to 275 euros of travel costs.

Deadline for application: 17th of January. Apply by sending an e-mail to, where you shortly tell us why you think you should go!


More information:

The seminar will take place in Chieti, Abruzzo Region (Italy) from 12th (arrival day) till 18th (departure day) February 2018. Participants will be hosted in two structures: the hotel Antico Borgo ( and in 3 bed & breakfast in the same street of the hotel. Breakfast will be in the hotel for all participants (including those sleeping in the B&B). Lunches will be prepared by our support staff crew and served in the Hotel. For dinner we will explore local restaurants. The hosting places are in the historical part of Chieti and everything is close and easy to reach by foot. For sure, internet will be available in the hotel and we are negotiating for the B&B. Towels will be changed once in the middle of our staying. Costs: No costs for food and lodging. No participation fee.

Context: Self-assessment, evaluations and ways to recognise own competences are very important steps in the curriculum of young people especially to address their needs of learning, to understand their level of knowledge and skills, to apply properly their competences. This aspect is really important also for all those persons who work with young people in both non formal and formal contexts (schools, youth centres, youth councils, institutions, etc.). That’s why teachers, youth workers, youth leaders, are more and more looking for efficient methods to address the personal development of young people.

It’s a wrap! Youth Policy and Action

The Youth Policy and Action project’s activities in the Philippines has come to an end. All participants are back home and back in their daily routines. Now there is an evaluation meeting to attend to in Poland with the 8 partners in order to see, how the project went and perhaps develop new partnerships in the future.

The Alumni Board can only recommend you – members of the Alumni – to stay tuned for upcoming projects and apply! For this particular one, all those, who applied for the project, was accepted. We only received applications from Esben, Marie, Lars and Lea. So there is a good chance you will be able to go, if you apply for the next one!

This is the last article from the job shadowing activity in the Philippines. This one is form Lea Kielsholm, who stayed in Manila during the project:


“My name is Lea, I am 23 years old and a former student at IPC of the autumn term 2015. Currently I am taking part in a project between a Job Shadowers working at the National Youth Commission in Quezon City in Metro Manila. I am assigned to the office of Commissioner of Luzon that shares office wih the staff of Commissioner of Visayas. Luzon and Visayas are two of the three main islands in Philippines. We are here to learn about the practices of implementation and governance of youth development projects.


As our job title inclines, we were supposed to ‘shadow’ someone’s job, meaning that we should follow the commissioner, of the office we have been assigned to, on a daily basis. However, the reality is slightly different than expected. The commissioner is only at the office once a month – and my JS-colleague and I have not been allowed to follow him around to his activities. Therefore we are mainly sitting at the office, not really doing much. We have been given short presentations with information we were already being given on our introduction days in Tanay and on our first days at the office. The commissioners assistants are very kind to us, but they are busy, and they don’t know what to do with us. It seems they have not been prepared for our arrival. At NYC they have a strict working hour policy. That means we have to stay in the office strictly from 8am to 5pm, except for 1 hour lunchbreak, where we are allowed to go out. Since it has not been possible to follow our commissioner as planned, we are instead focusing on another task we have been given by the project.

We have to conduct three interviews – with a commissioner, youth worker and a youth. It’s has been extremely difficult to arrange the interviews, because people keep on postponing or cancelling. However, I managed to conduct my final interview on my last day in the office. So one thing is that NYC has not understood on what terms we, the job shadowers, are here, but the real question is: how is the NYC working and does it actually work? The answer to the latter is not simply yes or no. NYC is supposed to gather data about youths and, with this data as a baseline, they create suggestions for policies. NYC doesn’t have any legislative power, but they are trying to convince politicians and governments units to adopt the policies they believe will benefit the youth. We don’t know how this works in details, because we have, as earlier mentioned, not been allowed to follow our commissioner. So basically you can say we have been taught theory but not seen it in practice, and therefore it can be difficult to know if it’s actually working. One of the most interesting activities was to go to a university, AMA Fairview, where the non-profit-organisation Rescue Kabataan (rescue the youth) did a workshop on how youths can face and overcome challenges in their every day life. It seemed very empowering and motivating, however preaching about God was also a big part of. That was quite unusual for me, as religious preaching is not allowed at public schools in Denmark. We went here on initiative by another Job Shadower, and it was not something we were invited to by NYC.

After having spent two weeks at NYC, I can conclude that my learning experience primarily has been centered around getting to know the culture and political systems of the countries of my fellow job shadowers, and then some theory about the work of National Youth Commission of Philippines. I hoped to learn more specifically about the work of the commissioners, which has not happened.

However, a part of the learning experience is also to realize and accept that things work differently in this country and that communication misunderstandings are likely to happen. Despite the disappointment of the job shadowing itself, I learned a lot from doing the interviews as well as talking to the young people in my office. Filippinos are extremely kind people, and I have felt welcome any place I have been.”

Youth Policy and Action; Update from the field vol. 2

As previously mentioned the IPC Alumni has three members outposted in the Philippines volunteering as ‘job shadowers’ during the Erasmus+ funded Youth Policy and Action project. They have now been there for three weeks; all three in different provinces of the Philippines. Last Marie Smidstrup shared her experience in the north and this week Lars Heidtmann is reporting from the municipality of Tanay, Rizal.

The ‘in the field ‘- part of the project is coming to an end. Tomorrow they are all travelling to Manila for the last evaluation meeting with the rest of the 25 job shadowers and the host organisation IGEEI.

Read here, what Lars has experienced:

Every coin has two sides
01.11.2017, Midtown Hostel, Tanay, Rizal, Philippines

Back in Denmark the various social welfare and development programs are the core functions of the municipalities. These encompass anything from unemployment to youth-engagement. To be able to compare the different approaches of the municipalities was what initially woke my interest in the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office (MSWD). It’s an office that deals with everything from scholarships for youths, eldercare, “CICLs” (Children In Conflict with the Law – children and youths that have been convicted for crimes) as well as local day-care programs. Together with Lito from Greece and Katherine from Italy/Peru I have been following the social workers from this office for the past 10 days.

Dealing with these programs requires many field visits in the Barangays (smallest level of organization in the Philippines, below the municipalities), which means that we get to see both a lot of how the Philippinos work, especially with young people, as well as the structure behind.

One thing that has surprised me these last days is that generally it seems as if Tanay municipality is both following the national laws (which require a surprisingly high amount of youth participation), as well as having own activities engaging youths. The Mayor himself is only 26 years old and many of the employees are under 30 years old, being as young as 18. Likewise, the municipality itself took initiative to start Tanay Youth Centre (TYC), as well as that the National Training School for Boys (NTSB – a rehabilitation centre for “CICLs”) is located close to the city.

Sharing this experience with Marie reveals perhaps some of the big differences internally in the Philippines, as Marie is experiencing much more corruption and exclusion of youth-interests than we are.
And that is what frustrated me especially during the first days. How can things be so good on the surface? When talking with people from the municipality it was always difficult to get them to talk critically about the municipality. The administration is very hierarchical and people always call their superiors Ma’am or Sir. It doesn’t seem to be a system where you criticize your boss. So all the problems people pointed out where not attributed to bad policies. For example, when it comes to out-of-school youths, the reason for school drop-outs is not attributed to structural problems of poverty and stigmatisation, but broken families and drug abuse (and drug abuse is obviously always a choice and never a product of poverty and disillusionment).

I don’t want to say, that youths in the Philippines and specifically in Tanay, are not being considered by politicians. However, all the engagement that we encountered – in Tanay Youth Centre, with the former leaders of the Barangay Youth Councils, or at the National Training School for Boys – was always apolitical. Resources are posted into sports activities, (very creative and impressive) dance performances, and seminars on healthy relationships (don’t have pre-marital sex kids!). When we asked about debates on anything where youths perhaps could have different opinions than the people running the activities (the municipal staff mainly), we got no for an answer. And none of the youths really questioned this arrangement. Perhaps I’m just a white guy who wants to “liberate” people who are not actually being oppressed. Or the fact that all the youths we actually spoke to were more or less selected by the municipality is the reason why nobody questioned the a-political youth engagement. I can’t tell.

Despite the fact that youth policy in Tanay municipality does not necessarily mean that youths are politically engaged, a proportionally big amount of resources is dedicated to youths. Most of the activities of the Social Welfare Office in some way incorporate young people. And the office doesn’t seem to be treated as a cosmetic façade either. But the fact that we have only really been able to speak with Municipal employees and affiliates means that It’s been difficult to evaluate the actual extent of the social welfare. This can be exemplified by the difference between the National Traning School for Boys (the boys prison), the regular municipal prison, and the detention cells. The NTSB houses around 200 boys under rehabilitation in a spacious, green compound in the mountains. This means they are going to school and are engaged in various activities (such as the impressive dance-theatre-show they performed for us upon our visit) and generally have access to fairly good facilities. These 200 boys however come from around 4 different provinces, though mainly metro-manila (a region with a population of 12,7 million).

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