Here is Lisa, the new Teaching assistant here in Skals. I am glad for being the next volunteer after my predecessors Juline and Christoph.
My first three weeks in Skals are over, and I want to give you a first short (okay, more or less short) report of my expressions in Skals and working with the students.
But first a few words to myself: I am eighteen years old and come from a small village in Germany. This year, I finished A-Levels and work now in Skals as a teaching assistance for haf a year. It is an international voluntary service.
In the first week of august, I arrived in Skals and was lovely welcomed by on of the teachers. Lisbeth took me to her house and I had a first very nice evening in Denmark. In the next couple of days, I got to know the other teachers and get a first view of how living and working in Skals is. Besides a lot of meetings and other small tasks were a lot of things to prepare for the student-arrival in the next week. It was a busy but nice week with a lot of impressions. All my colleagues where very nice and take a lot of time to explain me everything and learn my the first few words in Danish.
And than, the big day starts: the students arrived! The first ones where supposed to arrive around 1pm, but most of them arrived earlier. I was together with Vibecke at the bicycling house and kept an eye on the students and the bicycles. It was very nice to see all the happy faces from the students. Happy and nervous faces, than of course, there were a lot of questions and new expressions: Who are my dormmates? Would I like them? What if I can not handle it to be a way from home for a longer time? But I think, all the worries burst away very soon.
Afterwards, there was a tea in the gymhall and a bit of singing and the students had their first meeting with the teachers. We did a lot of small games to brake the ice and had a nice walk in the sunset. All the teachers did their best to make the day as best as possible for the students. It was a very impressive and exciting day. I had the feeling that everyone, students and teachers, were very happy.
The next week was full of games, fun and laughing. The introduction week starts and should bring the students more together. They learned to know each other better and grow together in their dorms and classes. Because that is to much to describe (you simple have to experience the intro week by yourself) I just want to give an impression with some pictures:
After the Intro-Week, most of the students stayed for the first efterskole-weekend where we had a lot of activities like baking, sports or swimming. It was very nice because now the students could enjoy a bit more spare time together as during the normal school week.
Than, our first “normal” school week started. I am giving an assistance in german, maths and physics lessons, mostly in the Cambridge classes, and in some additional evening lessons. For me, this first week was very informative to see, what level of knowledge the students have, how the normal daily life at Skals worked and how teachers and students worked together. It was very surprising for me that most time of the lessons, students worked on their own computers. Compared to Germany, were we are all still handwriting our notes and computers in classes are not normal, this is a completely new experience and a new way of learning. But I am also taught in Danish with the other exchange students.
We are just at the beginning of a new school year, so everybody is still very excited.
Now, the life in Skals starts to be more normal and there is kind of a routine development. Slowly, everybody knows when and where the lessons start, how to use the washing machines, when it is time for being in your own bed or what to do in the evenings.
We will see how it will developed in the next few weeks and what happens here at Skals. Stay tuned and read this Blog!