We are a private school, specialized in preparing and educating volunteers for development projects in Africa, India, and South America. The school is situated at Hornsjøen (in Norwegian: The Beautiful Lake) in 883 meters altitude, 36 km Nord-East of Lillehammer and it shares buildings with a Hotel: in the wintertime ski resort for cross country skiing, in the summertime a beloved starting point for trekking in the mountains.
The school was founded in 1978 and has since then educated students for action in the Southern part of Africa and in India. The school has a no-alcohol, no-drugs policy which also applies to guests :)
The school and it´s guests have access to a swimming hall, sauna, a small fitness center, table tennis, and billiard room. Furthermore in the summertime canoes and bicycles. In the wintertime, there is access to ski equipment for cross-country skiing, snowboards, and sledges.
The school is run by us who are here, students and teachers, which means we shop, cook, clean, maintain the buildings and meet challenges together. Our weekly Common Meeting governs the school (VERY different from any other school we have heard of.... :)
This also means, that when you are part of our community for a while, you will be running the school together with us.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
It's a different concept of a school in a very international environment of European Youth. You get to experience community life in a very beautiful place with open-minded people who love to volunteer and travel!
You will help us to advertise our program about the poor all over Europe using social media as Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums, websites etc. You will make photos/videos and post them on the schools Facebook together with articles about the daily life here. You will make posters to send out to places where people might want to expose them, for example to universities. You will also record a video and edit it afterwards.
If you are a web developer you will help us to with our webpages. Therefore the high knowledge of Java Script and Backend coding is a must.
We are looking for creative people who will invent all kind of (legal) ways to promote the program on the internet. Part of the work is "boring" like finding email addresses to universities, high schools, youth hostels, libraries etc.
Since you are a graphics designer/web developer your own computer with your own software is a must.
You will live in one of the schools student rooms with own shower and toilet. The rooms are around 8-14 m2. You have access to the school's kitchen, dining room and library (which often are used as a relaxing room and film room in the afternoons/ evenings).
In your time-of (depending upon if it is winter or summer) you can:
1) Do cross country skiing, build snow caves, ice-fishing, sauna, swimming hall, play music yourself (piano or guitar), billiard, table tennis, use our small fitness center, enjoy the nice environment with many young people from all over Europe preparing themselves for a 9 month stay in Africa or Asia.
2) Canoe or swim in the beautiful lake, stay overnight - and barbecue - at the small island in the lake, do trekking in the mountains and stay overnight in a Norwegian cottage, go on moose safari, bicycling, fishing (fishing card needed), play volleyball outside, photograph amazing nature and much, much more.....
Transport up and down the mountain has to be organised in connection with the schools shopping etc. There is no public transport, so you have to be flexible when a school transport is at hand.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day (max 25 hours/week)