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Scan Magazine | School Profile | Vejle Sports Academy
The courses at Vejle Sports Academy last between 19 and 43 weeks, but the memories last a lifetime.
A playground for life practice If you are looking for physical, social and personal development, a stay at the Danish Folk High School, Vejle Sports Academy, will do you good. Every six months, the school welcomes around 80 Danes and 20 international students. The courses last between 19 and 43 weeks, but the memories of your stay will last forever. By Nicolai Lisberg | Photos: Vejle Sports Academy
“It is a different kind of study break. Often students come here to spend their gap year after high school either to take a break or to clarify their wishes for the future,” says Ole Damgaard, who is the principal at Vejle Sports Academy. The school is a traditional Folk High School. This means that there are no academic requirements for admittance and there are no exams, but you will receive a diploma as evidence of your attendance at the end of the course. “We aim to create an atmosphere, where you are not afraid of failing. That is why everything takes place in a safe environment. In ‘the real world’ there are consequences when you don’t pass a test, but here we wish to create a playground for life practice,” says Damgaard.
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An international challenge The students at the school are between 17.5 and 26 years old and come from different countries. One of them is 21-yearold Erika Palmer, born and raised in Boston, USA, to a Danish mother and an American father. Like many of the international students, she does not speak any Danish, but instead she either takes the classes in English or gets the Danish classes translated. “To begin with I was shy and I got a bit frustrated with the language. But then I just made a conscious decision to be more outgoing and to ask people for translation when I needed it. I found that there was really no reason to be timid, because people will help you.”
The school challenges its students on many levels, because the aim is to push their social and physical limits. “I have definitely learned a lot about myself – and about my strengths and weaknesses. I am a different person now than when I started at the school. It got me out of my comfort zone and made me push myself,” says Palmer.
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