Blog overtaking and first impressions 2018

Hi everyone!

A new year has started! Almost two months passed, since the new students – and we– arrived. As the years before, the German Red Cross sent volunteers – with one difference this year: there are two of us in Skals! I am pleased to introduce us to you:

Fabian, 19 years old, interested in sports and languages and Boris, 18 years old, interested in sciences. We both finished our A-Levels this year and now working voluntarly at Skals as teaching assistants, especially for german-lessons.

We arrived the same day as the students, so we were not of much help for the busiest day in the first week. Meanwhile the teachers were busy with checking- in the students, we took our opportunity and discovered the school on our own. During the day we met most of the teachers and we got to know a few students by joining them on their floor this evening. Of course we and the students were really excited and looked forward to an exciting year at Skals! Besides the excitement, some of the students were nervous. Of course, full with expectations, not knowing what to expect. Who are my roomies? Who are my teachers? Is my schedule okay?

As the weeks passed the fear and  nervousity disappeared. The students became friends, some of them closer then others. The days bacame more routine, the students adapted to the schedule, the classes are familiar, cozy and inviting to participate.

The group became more like a small family, spending most of the time together, going together during weekends to Viborg, inviting each other back home, singing, playing and doing sports together.

By now the trip to Berlin took place, and left a lot impressions and new friendships. These impressions I want to show you with a few pictures:

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Many interested faces, many excited faces, a lot of friendship and love! It was a very nice trip and we enjoyed participating.

We look forward to very nice weeks at Skals with all of the students and the staff. It is very nice to experience such a community– more than a school, more like a big family!

A lot of things going on in Skals


And here I am back with my monthly overview about our life at SKALs. In the last month was a lot of stuff going on, we had the Høstfest, efterskoleners dag, our Trip to Berlin and the Pige/Drenge Theme weekenden.

But first things first: We started in September with an amazing Outdoorweekend! We cycled to Spejders Klinten and build up our tents at the campground. After that, we started canoeing at the Fjord. It was sunset time, so we had a really amazing view. Afterwards, we all meet at the bonfire and ate marshmallows and popcorn.

The night at the campground was wet and extremely cold. Most of us needed a lot of hot tea to defreeze 😊 We tidied up the campground and prepare ourselves for the Slik-Race! An Adventure Race with different stations, for example canoeing, maths, and Teamwork. I worked at the teamwork station where the students had to go through a web without touching the strips. That was very funny. After they mastered the station, they get a lot of sweets. When we were finished, no student was really hungry for lunch because they ate to much sweets. We cycled back to school and had an hygglig evening and a calm and relaxing Sunday.

At Sunday evening, the other students came back from home and we were ready to start a new week in SKALs full of lessons, courses, homework, study hours and liniefag, and the everyday life had us back for the next couple of weeks.

We also had an høstfest to celebrate the beginning of the autumn time. It was prepared by 0.a and we had a lot of really really good food (A big thanks to our amazing kitchen team, the food in skals is awesome!) and sang nice farm themed songs. We also played some games in the gymhall and had a private Country Concert! Because I am really into country music, that was one of the things I enjoyed most. After the concert we were dancing our folkdances. This was a very amazing evening.

For the next weekend, all students went home and I was alone at the school. But my parents were there to visit me, so we did a lot of nice excursions all around danmark until Monday when the students arrived again in Skals. Everybody was very excited and lucks because on Tuesday morning (around 5 o’clock) we started to our big Berlin trip! 151 Students, 7 teachers, one “tourist” and one volunteer are ready for the big city trip! I was very happy that I was allowed to join them. We had a stop at Sachsenhausen an arrived on Tuesday evening at our small hostel in central Berlin, next to the Alexanderplatz. On the next day, we had a guided Tour through Berlin and went to Tempelhofer Feld to play some ultimate frisbee, drive tandem or Gokart and simply to relax. Directly afterward we went to Bahnhof Zoo to get some dinner and do some shopping. And for the evening we all wanted to go to the Friedrichststadtpalast to see the one grand show. This was really amazing and impressive. We were split up in different groups for the next day. Some went climbing in Mount Mitte and others went to the TV-Tower. I joined them and had some spare time afterwards. Then we all met back at the Hostel to get ready for our second activity. Here I joined the group for the Berlin Dungeon, but there was also a Group for DDR-Museum and Berlin Dom and one for Dönersafari. All teacher met in the evening to have a really nice dinner in a good restaurant to celebrate this very good trip. On Friday we went back home again with a small stop at east side gallery. The Drive back home was long but I had a lot of fun with my colleagues.



All in all was it very interesting for me to stand “on the other side”. I experienced school trips myself only as a student. Well, until now. It was really nice to see how much work and effort and planning has to be done to make such a trip really great. And of course, also the hidden teacher life, the daily meetings, the problems that has to be solved. There is so much more to do than just pack your stuff together and go!

After all that, I was really really tired because I had not slept much in Berlin (teacher meetings till half past midnight and early waking up in the morning), but there was not much time to recover. There is always something going on here in SKALs! This time, the students had to stay for the weekend straight after Berlin to prepare the efterskoleners dag.



I think, everybody had fun on efterskoleners dag and we could show people from outside our amazing school.

Then we had a nearly-normal-week here at SKALs, nearly normal because on Monday evening, there was a group of African drummers here at the school to teach us some traditional African dances and songs. This was awesome! I think the students enjoyed it very much. Some of the moves were quiet crazy and funny, and the song was really good. I have it still in my head: If you wanna baja BAJA! ….. And on Wednesday, we had the international module were the students had to work with the sustainable development goals. So, as you can see, there is always something happening here at SKALs and there is no “normal” week 😊


The weekend plans for this weekend were quiet exciting: it’s girls- and boys weekend!

On Friday, I was going with some girls to the solar walk for the animation festival in Viborg. It was really crazy and funny. The other girls who were staying for the weekend already started the Theme-Weekend with a belly dancer and hiking to another location to have some cosy time there. We were joining them later in the evening and watched a typical girly movie.

On the next day, we all began to make breakfast for each other. We bake pancakes and listen to music and danced in the kitchen. This was really fun. But afterwards, we had to tidy to again to get to our second big attraction: We were going to an outdoor camp and doing some totals ungirly fun stuff like an adventure parcour, shooting with bow and arrow and doing some water activities. It rains all day and at the end we were all very moody and dirty and wet but we had so much fun. 😊





On Sunday, we were all ready to start in a new week! The special thing about this: on Friday, some of my students were going to run a half or quarter marathon. I was allowed to join them to be there as a second teacher and I cheered them 😊 I was very proud when my students run and all were very happy.


The next weekend was a going-home-weekend so there were no students at the school and I was alone. Partly, because there was the gammle elevernes dag. It was crazy to think about my students in 5 or 10 years, sitting there and celebrating. Imaging them as grown ups 😊

Now, we are on our countdown for the autumn holidays. Today I have my first lessons completely alone with some students, and it went very well. I have successfully confused them all. No, don’t worry, a teacher has gave me instructions what to do and how, so all I have to do is explaining it to the students and answer there questions. This is really fun!  It was very good, we understood each other, and they were working very focused and quiet.


Yeah, and that is it, my update for our SKALs Blog!


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 .


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.


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


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.


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


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.
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.