Blog overtaking and a first update

Hi everyone!

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:

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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!

The carnival week

Wednesday, 08/03/2017

In February we had an alternative week.
The students had a lot of workshops. They have worked very diligently.
There were workshops where the students designed beautiful outfits and there was a event group and many more.  The students have all worked together and showed that there are a good team.

16640915_1575566779135224_8261601610632659153_nOn Thursday evening the students had a show.
There they presented their work. In the show there was a dragon and a lot of dancing.
The students showed that with a lot of fun and motivation they really made a nice show.
It was a beautiful evening. The week was also a very good week for me, because my best friend was visited me in Skals. 16508188_1572224406136128_4511782393188008918_n Karnevalwoche

Christmas at SKALs

Friday, 16/12/2016

Christmas at SKALs Efterskole is very cozy and very nice. With the international club we have already baked quite a lot of tasty cookies. We also took the recipe from my great grandma. The biscuits tasted very good, because I like to remember my great grandma .

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In Decemeber we went to Aarhus and visited “DEN GAMLE BY”. It was very nice and it was a lot of fun. The lights were so beautiful to watch and slowly I was put into a Christmas mood. The closer the time comes to the holiday, makes me more happy to come home to my family to celebrate Christmas with them! All of the student’s dorms are so sweetly decorated and I tried to make my room cozy for me as well. We had a small Christmas celebration with the International Club and ate the cookies we made and we drunk Christmas tea. On Monday evening we will have our Christmas party and on Tuesday we will all sing together in the church. I’m looking forward to it! We have practiced diligently and it is always fun to sing with everyone.

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Christmas at SKALs is so beautiful, thanks to the teachers. The students enjoy the time as well. The kitchen staff made a delicious christmas dinner for us. I wish everyone a very nice, cozy Christmas, enjoy your time and be glad to have your family and friends with you. ♥

Copenhagen/København – 02/11/2016

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On Wednesday I was spontaneously invited to go to the capital of Denmark. I was very happy. In the morning at 5 am the bus left for the Copenhagen with the Vietnam students and their hosts. After four hours we were in the big capital. It is a very nice city. In the beginning we were in the castle Rosenborg.img_9803

 

 

We could also look at the inside of the castle. It was very nice and antique. After that we were eating delicious food in the restaurant paper. Lisbeth and I ate sweet food and it was delicious. In the afternoon we went on a boat trip across the canal and saw the sights from the water. It was very nice and the city was charmed by the different houses and the mass of water.img_9950

 

After the boat trip we still had time to go shopping in the city. We ate delicious chocolate. In the evening there was a delicious food buffet in the restaurant.bild-vietnam

 I enjoyed the day very much and was glad to be in the capital of Denmark!

Pigerweekend/Girlsweekend – 08/10/2016

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On the second weekend in October we had a boys/girls weekend. I participated in the Girlsweekend. First we went to a school and put our things there. Then the girls could climb and dance with Michelle and I.

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The gym was small but perfect for dancing. At noon we went to a swimming pool. There we could do wellness and also go swimming. Outside there was a beautiful sauna area with a fire and a whirlpool. In the large sauna there was always incenses with music and that was so relaxing. We could also eat delicious fruit and water with melons and pineapple flavor. In the evening we ate burgers and fries. When the bus brought us back to the other school, the girls were very quiet and so tired. The swimming and the sauna had made the girls tired. In the evening we watched two more films. The girls actually slept quite well and the next morning was a delicious breakfast made for us by a few of the girls. We all had breakfast and then the cleaning began. At 12 o’clock on Sunday the bus drove us back to SKALs Efterskole. The weekend was very relaxing and I had a lot of fun. Tak piger!

20.09.- 23.09.2016 Berlin – back in Germany

Sunday, 09/10/2016

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Our trip to Berlin was fantastic.On Tuesday morning we got up very early and we were all tired. But everyone had been looking forward to the upcoming days. The atmosphere was good. During the first hour, most students just slept in the bus. In the afternoon we arrived at Sachsenhausen concentration camp and we had a guided tour. It was very interesting, but very sad at the same time.

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In the evening, we were all tired at our hostel in Berlin Mitte. We went to Alexanderplatz and the students were able to walk around by themselves. The teachers and I ate a nice kebab and I was glad to be back in Germany. I could understand everything on the streets again, it was an unfamiliar feeling.14390790_1366053430086561_4212321117874374895_n

On Wednesday morning we had a guided tour of Berlin. We saw ‘Brandenburgertor’, ‘Holocaust – Mahnmal’ and other important places. Our tour was in German and I understood everything perfectly. After lunchtime, Michelle and I climbed in Berlin Mitte with the students. That was great and a lot of fun.img_2240 Michelle is at the school for 8 weeks and is training herself in teaching, so that next year she is ready and trained as a teacher. In the afternoon, Michelle and I went shopping. For me, the highlight of the day was the ‘Theater des Westens’. We watched the musical ‘Tanz der Vampire’ and it was impressive. The stage and the voices of the actors were amazing. The next day (and the last whole day in Berlin), we went to the ‘Gruselkabinett’ in the morning. It was very scary and I screamed very loudly. My group and I kept holding hands and together we managed. In the afternoon Michelle and I went for a shopping tour and the students went to different museums. In the evening the teachers, Michelle and I had dinner and the food was so delicious.14449877_1368394743185763_8366237168501893156_n

It was just so much fun. On Friday morning we went to the East Side Gallery and at 10 am we were on our way back to Skals. I was so tired, I almost slept the whole bus journey. The trip to Berlin was so good and I had a lot of fun. The funniest thing was when I stood at the checkout and simply speak English, because I have spoken English for the last 3 months… and then I realized, you’re in Germany, you can speak German. Tina and Michelle were always amused when I mixed English and German and when I forgot some German words.

14445157_1366629103362327_3851896863122229439_oThat’s probably all. Thank you to the students and teachers for this great trip. I laughed a lot and the group feeling was so amazing. I was very happy to be a part of this tour. I am very proud that everything worked out well and the students were so lovely! Stay as you are and I look forward to more happy memories!

My weekend with the Ehrenreich family

Thursday, 15/09/2016

The first weekend in September I was at the teacher Vicky’s house. She invited me and I accepted the invitation with pleasure. On Friday we went from school to her house. She has a sweet house, near Silkeborg. We first drank coffee and ate cake. Vicky bought bread and we had a snack with bread and various cheeses.14218061_1137338526312920_1830947922_n

I love bread with camembert and marmalade. After that, I was a bit full. We drove with Vicky’s daughter Enya and the dog Donna to Silkeborg. Donna is so sweet and we became friends very quickly. First we went for a walk in a dog park in the center of Silkeborg. Then we went to the city center and had a look at the shops. The city is very nice, because almost everywhere you can see water from the lakes. The Danish people are so proud of their country and the shops often use the Danish flag.14182299_1137338619646244_967556190_n

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In the evening we ate all together and had a nice talk. The family was so welcoming and the Brazilian exchange student with Enya was very lovely and open. I got on very well with everyone. We began to watch a film, but I was so tired from the day and the week that I almost fell asleep, so before the end of the film I went to bed.14249010_1137338312979608_123027191_n

On Saturday morning Vicky made me a tasty breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs and toast. After breakfast we all drove to Aarhus. We visited a museum (Den Gamle By). It was so cool and amazing. You could easily imagine life in the past. The old houses were very nice and we ate pastries. It was very fun and very varied for me.
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I thank Vicky and her lovely family for the nice weekend, I enjoyed it very much!

Museum in Viborg 1/09/2016

Monday, 12/09/2016

We went to the museum in the morning. There was a lot of old pictures on the walls. The picture frames were very ancient but very beautiful. 
IMG_3545The museum is an old house in Viborg. It was very warm in the rooms and the students of Skals Efterskole occupied almost the whole museum. The task was to analyse your favorite images in groups. I took pictures and let the images affect me. IMG_3519

The pictures looked very close to reality and had beautiful colors and contrasts. At the end we took a group picture in front of the church. I enjoyed it a lot, it was fun to take pictures and watch the motivated students. The pictures of us by the church look super.

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The first month in SKALs

Thursday, 01/09/2016

Now I’ve already been at SKALs Efterskole for a month. The first month went very well. I had a lot of fun. The food is very varied and tasty. Bente, Lis and Vibeke make the food with love.

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The day before yesterday we were in the theater and I was quite impressed. It was about important decisions in life. The two actors involved the audience and it was very mysterious. I can describe the play as bad, but it was very nice to look at. In the last fewweeks I have learned a lot and am still very motivated. I got a packet from my favorite grandma with a lot of candy and a nice letter from my mum too.    14171910_1134763416570431_1139515847_nYes, I miss my family and friends a bit. Nevertheless, I know that in October I will see my loved ones again. I am really looking forward to the trip to Berlin, because the planning of the journey has now got to the final stages. I’m going to be more and more strengthened in my desire to be a teacher.

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Today two students and I did the storytelling at 8.oo am in the morning. The storytelling was about the political system in Germany. The students were very interested and I was very proud of the students Mathias and Christian.IMG_3448IMG_3461I look forward to spending more time here and I am glad to be a part of the year 2016/2017 at SKALs Efterskole.

The theme weekend

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The weekend was very awesome and cool. The campsite were near the fjord. We slept in tents and the students built their tents themselves. In the evening we made a campfire and we sang and laughed all together. We biked to the campsite. In the evening, the students made their own dinner. It was very tasty and I was very proud of the students.

 

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On Saturday, there were many activities at different stations for the students. The students had a lot of fun. The weekend shoved teamwork and how much the students love eachother. I was glad to be a part of this weekend.

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