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EFIL

DENMARK in RANUM

VOLUNTEER SUMMER SUMMIT

july 21st to 26th

2013

EDITO

WHAT’S IN IT ?

by Joshua Fitoussi ! There comes a time when you have to make one decision. One decision that can change your life; that can change you. One decision that can have so many consequences. That decisions comes from one question “SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?” ! For the last 6 years many AFS volunteers have asked themselves this question regarding the Volunteer Summer Summit. For many the answer has been ”I GO”, but for those whose answer was ”I should stay” it must have been chosen with regrets. Users of facebook know what I’m talking about when they remember the moments when friends met at the VSS are being added on the social network, photos are being uploaded, people are being tagged, and the activity on the News feeds is mostly about VSS. ! Those volunteers who were not able to join the VSS in previous years might have said to themselves”Next Year I’ll go.”THIS IS THE YEAR! ! The 6th edition of the VSS will be, by far, the most prepared. The Prep Team is the most experienced that a VSS has ever had, the Support Team is well trained, and the trainers will be delivering high quality workshops. For the first time, the venue is greatly prepared to welcome the Summer Summit and its participants. The venue is a boarding school. Workshops rooms are well equipped with high technology, creative props. You’ll find some places to hang out, to talk about the content of the workshops, to talk to your old friends, and meet new friends. We have definitely some surprises for youandtherefore will keep some untill you come. So regarding this life and death question ”Should I stay or Should I go”», our advice is “YOU SHOULD GO.” You have untill April 15th to apply online, after that it will not be possible to participate in the greatest event of the AFS NETWORK VSS Herald March 2013

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EDITO Page 3

MEET THE SUPPORT TEAM Page 4

THE SUPPORT TEAM MEETING Page 17

ROADMAP TO VSS Page 18

THE VENUE Page 19

SUSTAINABILITY Page 20

INFORMATIONS Page 21

VSS CHALLENGE Page 22

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MEET THE SUPPORT TEAM

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You can find all the presentations on www.efilsummersummit.org


Ida Werliin Holm 21 years old

I attend the pedagogical university in Copenhagen where I study Education Science at second semester. I have only been working with camps in AFS Denmark where I've been a trainer and a coordinator. So this VSS will be my first EFIL camp.

Where did you do your AFS exchange: Indiana, United States of America

Tell us a fun fact about yourself or a fun story from AFS : I communicate really well with sheep.

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If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now ? I am planning on taking a semester somewhere else in the world, probably Australia or maybe Argentina or Brazil. Basically I would like to visit most countries but Australia and Argentina have always been dreams of mine. What is your favorite Hans Christian Adersen’s fairy tale? There are many good ones and my parents read them to me when I was little, but my favorite will have to be the Little Match Girl, which might also be the saddest one of them all. It was the first story I read for myself as a child and also the first story that ever made me cry.

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Gro Skov Larsen 21 years old

I’m studying midwifery in Aalborg. I’ve been an AFS volunteer since fall 2008. I’ve mostly worked on the hosting chapter with exchange students in Denmark. I’ve both been a trainer, and a coordinator at camps. And I’m loving it!

Where did you go for exchange? I went to Venezuela, and it was amazing!

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? I would love to go to India, it is so different from the Danish culture, and so warm! Or maybe French Guiana. A little country in South America, and I would love to learn how to speak French. I can’t decide!

Fun fact about yourself? I’m terribly afraid of birds though my father has always had ducks, geese and hens in our garden.

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What is your favorite Hans Christian Adersen’s fairy tale? The Tinder Box. My grandmother used to tell it to my siblings and me when we were children and since then it’s been a favorite!

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Charlotte Helene Friis Espersen 20 years old

I attend University of Copenhagen, where I study sociology. I have been a volunteer in AFS Denmark since the fall of 2009. I’ve done mostly work on the sending program, but also on the hosting program. I’m a part of the sending committee. I went to the VSS in Latvia in 2012 and I’m really excited to be “behind the scene” this year!

Where did you do your AFS exchange? Minnesota, USA.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself or a fun story from AFS: I was born in Germany and have double citizenship, even though I don’t speak a word German.

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now?: I would like to go to Latin America a semester. I always wanted to see Latin America and experience the culture. I’d love to see the Igauzú Falls.

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Tinder Box. It was the first fairytale I read myself and my parents used to read it to me, before I went to sleep, when I was a kid.

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Andreas Wagner Tholl 25 years old

I'm a student and a teacher of organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. I have been an active volunteer in AFS since my return to Denmark, organizing and participating in regional and national camps and trainings as well as a member of our National Hosting Committee

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now?: Earlier on I would have said Quebec! But after having adjusted to the heat of the pacific I'd probably rather say Guadeloupe, Martinique or back to my pacific islands!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself, or a fun story from AFS: I spent 9 months of 2012 living on the pacific island of New Caledonia as a street musician playing Irish traditional music on my violin!

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Snow Queen. It is a sad story but most of all an interesting story of good and evil from a child's perspective.

Where did you do your AFS exchange? Masterton, New Zealand, 2003/2004 VSS Herald March 2013

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Anders Belling 25 winters old

Some mix of unemployed, volunteering, travelling and waiting to continue my studies with a master in sport sciences in the Netherlands. AFS affiliation?? Chronologically: host- and sending-brother, exchange student, local chapter volunteer, national volunteer, , development of National training project group, trainer at national training events, prep team “Uddannelsesbazar”, VSS 11 participant, Epot and now support team VSS.

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is Little Claus and Big Claus and I‘d happily read it out aloud for a bed time story if you have trouble falling asleep

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? Greenland or Canada (thou I wouldn’t give up my exchange year there!) Tricky question. I would not change my year in Canada so for the sake of the game: Greenland

Where did you go for exchange? Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Fun fact about yourself, or a fun story from AFS? Part of the only AFS adventure racing team in the world, as far as I know. And I managed to get a concussion and stitches from a dancing class, so a great dancer VSS Herald March 2013

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Josephine Lund Nielsen 21 years old

Studying like crazy, I want to be a doctor when medical school ends sometime in the future. Part of the sending committee for 3-4 years and have been on a lot of camps, including VSS 2011, my first EFIL camp. My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Ugly Duckling perhaps, but he has written a lot of beautiful fairy tales. This one always makes me smile and remember not to judge people before you know them. Where did you do your AFS exchange? France <3 lovely country, lovely place, and definitely lovely volunteers in my chapter! If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? Maybe some place in South America but probably I would rather prefer a French speaking country 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself or a fun story from AFS: I spend a lot of Danish sunrises on a rooftop after parties in the summertime – tired from having stayed up so long time but also high on the beautiful view and nice company.

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Frederick Brinck Jensen 19 years old

I’m graduating from high school this summer, wee! In AFS I’ve been working for the national hosting team for a little over two years now, and done a lot of camps.

Fun fact about yourself? Learning the Portugueese language I once confused dick with bread trying to order a type of bread in a restaurant. My friend laughed, though the waiter got all blue and pale!

Where did you go for exchange? I visited the wonderful land of samba: Brazil!

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? I would give anything for a year in Jordan to experience the different culture, learn the Arabic language, and get to know their religion better!

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is “The Sweethearts” also known as “The Top and the Ball” – it’s a splendid story which should be on your bucket list!

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Marcus Tang Merit 20 years Old

I study sociology at The University of Copenhagen and have been active in AFS for 4 years now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done pretty much everything you can do in AFS Denmark from hosting an exchange student to coordinating camps. I have been a part of The National Hosting Committee for 3 years now.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself or a fun story from AFS: I am the proud owner of Casa Di Marcus; the biggest airmattress in AFS Denmark.

Where did you do your AFS exchange? Southern Italy

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Ugly Duckling - change is possible, and if you keep your priorities straight you will overcome your problems.

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? My exchange year has had such a big impact on me, and has shaped me in such a way that I could not imagine going anywhere but Italy. But if I had to choose a different country I might choose somewhere exotic like Thailand or India VSS Herald March 2013

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Charlotte Klinting 22 years old

I am currently studying Law and Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. As I live abroad these days, I think of myself as being stationed in the AFS foreign service, spreading the message of AFS in countries where it doesn’t exist! I mostly do EFIL seminars and national educational trainings in Denmark

Where did you go for exchange? Tours, France - allegedly the region with the 'purest' French..!

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? Somewhere in Asia, so I could learn some of the languages my school here is teaching..!   My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Fir Tree - it is not the most known, but it is a wonderful story of the life cycle of a fir tree that is lucky enough to become a Christmas tree, and the fate that awaits it when Christmas is over. It's a sad story, but it makes you reflect!  Fun fact about yourself? I own a time-turner, but I somehow can’t get it to work!

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Charlotte Karlsson 26 years old

Where did you do your AFS exchange? USA.

For the past 3 years I have been working as a social worker. I have worked with adults with mental problems, drug problems, handicaps and/or social problems and a soial deroute. I went on exchange 10 years ago, and ever since my return 9 years ago, I have been on almost all camps in AFS, although my heart beats for hosting of youngster. Now I mostly work with the camps concerning the volunteers. This is my first EFIL camp.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself or a fun story from AFS: I LOVE red meat with at good thick sauce, YUMMI!

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is “The Sweethearts” also known as “The Top and the Ball” because I had to perform it at school and the story just stayed with me. I also really like Thombelina, it is one of the first stories I remember.

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now?: BRAZIL

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Tea Holmgård Christensen 24 years old

Fun fact about yourself : Ever since I was a child I have wanted to become a globetrotter. So far I am 24 years old and have visited 24 countries – so far so good! For my 25th year and 25th county, I hope to get the chance to visit Thailand. I know it is silly but I love it! If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now?: In this very moment I am so fortunate to be on exchange again – this time in Australia. It is a beautiful country with lovely people, and everything has an amazing laidback atmosphere to it.

My favorite Hans Christian Andersen fairytale would be The Little Mermaid, for sure. It is just a really good story!

Where did you do your AFS exchange? I went to the Dominican Republic in 05/06 VSS Herald March 2013

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I study Global studies and Business studies at Roskilde University. I have been volunteering for AFS since the fall of 2006. For the first couple of years I was mainly volunteering in my local chapter, where I coordinated an “Activity group” for the international students. Now I am on the National Hosting Committee, of which I am going to be the coordinator this summer. I have been on several hosting camps, both as a coordinator and as a trainer. I went to the VSS in Portugal ’11, and to the TfT in Latvia ’12.

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Andreas Holm 19 years old

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a senior at Gefion Gymnasium (Gefion High School) in Copenhagen where I will graduate this summer! I have now been working with the Danish national sending committee for 1,5 year

My favorite fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen is The Tinderbox. No doubt about that. It has always been my favorite fairytale by far because of the awesome soldier in it. My grandmother used to read it to me when I was little, so I have a lot of good memories connected with it

If you were to choose, from any country in the world, where would you go for exchange now? Now I have a plan of spending some of my gap year in South Africa, so that would be my most likely choice. Otherwise I think I would go to one of the South American countries

Fun fact about yourself, or a fun story from AFS? I had the awesome chance of playing baseball on the Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington during my exchange year

Where did you go for exchange? Texas, USA 2009/10 VSS Herald March 2013

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THE SUPPORT TEAM MEETING by the Support Team Saturday the 23rd we had the first support team (ST) meeting in the AFS office. Except for two globetrotters the whole ST was gathered for an introduction, expectation, and brainstorm meeting to start off the planning of the support for the Summer Summit 2013. One thing came up more than others at the meeting and that was the wish to be part of the best VSS ever! So with that as a clear goal we discussed what priorities we will need in order to reach this it. Among others the wish to create a great relationship between the participants and the ST, ensure good communications between each other and have a good team spirit among the different teams. Some of our responsibilities will be an interesting “Danish night”, some well-planned leisure activities, the international market, a

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fantastic goodbye party, the community project, etc. We brainstormed about most of our tasks and talked about how we can bring this year’s theme into our work. Therefore we will use our imagination and all of the sport facilities provided by the school to build some solid bridges. We feel that we already came up with some great ideas for you, so we can’t wait to continue our work with them and in the end welcome you to have fun with us this summer in Ranum. In the end all we want to say is that we take responsibility for creating a fairytale like Summer Summit in Ranum.

See you! The Support team

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THE ROADMAP TO VSS APPLY Go to www.efilsummersummit.org MY SUMMIT

GET CONFIRMED Wait until you receive an email from Tinna telling you that your national AFS office has confirmed you as a participant for the VSS

REGISTER

PAY

Choose your accomodation, tell us about your dietary needs and book a seat on the VSS Bus

Transfer the registration fee via your bank or PayPal

BOOK TRAVELS If you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t book a seat on the VSS BUS book your travels now (we encourage you to come by train, bus, boat or car - with the Hungarians)

BUS if you take the bus, no need to book

WORKSHOPS Choose the tracks you want to follow and workshops that interest you

FINAL CONFIRMATION

WELCOME TO DENMARK Pack your bags

Wait until you get an email telling you that you have done everything you should and that you are ready to go to the VSS VSS Herald March 2013

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TAKE A LOOK AT THE VENUE by Tinna Sveinsdottir

This year the Volunteers Summer Summit will take place in Ranum, a small village in the north of Denmark. Participants and teams will be accommodated at Ranum Efterskole, a spacious boarding school on the edge of the village. The school has worked with AFS before - they have previously hosted students from AFS Thailand for short-term exchanges. The theme of the school, Sports and Imagination, has greatly influenced the theme of this year’s VSS (Building bridges through imagination and sports to tackle global issues). The school offers space and equipment which stimulates the imagination and is suitable for diverse sports activities. While visiting the school in January the prep team asked many questions which began with “Would it be possible to….” To our immense delight the default answer was “We can make everything possible as long as you can imagine it.” To give you a hint of the great facilities the venue offers we can mention special rooms for art, music, woodwork, theater, cooking and debate. The school also offers sports equipment and facilities for mountain biking, sailing, all kind of team sports and dace to name a few. The support team and the trainers will use as much of these facilities as possible during leisure activities and workshops and we hope to provide participants with interesting methods for work and play. As this is a boarding school students live in the school during the winter but it is empty during the summer. The rooms are spacious and accommodate between 1-6 people. Usually students can rearrange their rooms the way they like and should make it their home. That is also why participants and team will need to bring duvet, pillow, linen and sheets or mattress cover, sleeping bag and pillow. For more information about Ranum Efterskole go to http:// www.ranumefterskole.dk/

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SUSTAINABILITY by Annika Menke

To foster the idea of a sustainable VSS that was elaborated in a workshop last year (known as the ‘sauna-workshop’) we are now trying to focus on sustainability already in the planning process. The ‘take a bus to the VSS’-idea is one of our ideas to make this Summer Summit more sustainable than ever (see the article on the busses). We are planning to also keep that in mind e.g. for the use of materials but also for the use of workshop outcomes and the community project. If you also have ideas for a sustainable VSS you are more than invited to communicate them or bring them directly to Denmark in summer! It is a matter of shared ideas & responsibility, common creativity & action to reach that goal together! Looking forward to a great sustainable VSS!

Train a workshop and get feedbacks by Annika Menke

You have never done a training in an international frame but you would like to try and have an idea? For participants of the Summer Summit in Denmark there is the possibility to offer a short workshop during the long lunch break. You will have an experienced trainer on your side who can support you in the design of the session if needed and who will also be in the workshop and give you feedback afterwards. If you are interested to take this opportunity please contact Annika (annikamenke@gmail.com) for more details. If you come to the Summer Summit as participant but feel like you could and would like to offer a workshop because you have a special background to a certain topic that fits very well to the overall theme or a specific track you are also very welcome to contact Annika! VSS Herald March 2013

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THE BUS TRIP TO VSS by Annika Menke As some of you already know we are trying to arrange a busride from Lisbon and Istanbul to Ranum. We are amazed by the amount of people who already have expressed their interest in this initiative. By now about half of the registered participants have declared their interest. But to make sure that everybody knows about this idea we wanted to write an article about the idea. The idea about arranging a busride surfaced in a workshop last year in Latvia. In the sustainability workshop (also known as the sauna workshop) a question was raised asking how sustainable our way of gathering volunteers is. We liked this idea so much that we decided to work more with it. So after we discussed it further we felt like it was possible. So the plan is a follows: Two busses, two starting points, several pickup points and one destination. One western route going from Lisbon through countries like Spain, France, Belgium and Germany. One Eastern route going from Turkey, Bulgaria,Serbia, Czech Republic, and Poland. The two busses will then meet up in Hamburg and join in the reminder of the trip through Jutland and meet up with everybody else in Ranum. So now you only need to ask yourself if you want to spend some extra days with some AFSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers in a sustainable way and along the way have a cheaper trip to Denmark.

How to quench your information thirst by Tinna Sveinsdottir

Official homepage:

Videos:

http://efilsummersummit.org/2013/

http://vimeo.com/groups/174421

EFIL Facebook page:

Twitter:

http://www.facebook.com/vss2013? ref=ts&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/vssdenmark Questions can also be referred to tinna.sveinsdottir@afs.org

VSS Sunflower Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ vss.sunflower?fref=ts

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THE VSS CHALLENGES Take on the challenge This year the prep-team has proposed a challenge for volunteers around the world. The winner of the challenge will be presented with a special price during the welcome evening of the Summer Summit. In order to win you must be the person who invites the most people to the VSS. This means that the people you invite write your name in the comments box in the registration form and when they are approved by their national agency they will count as one point for you. The person with the most points will be the winner. Are you up for the challenge?

Photo competition: Capture the VSS spirit Have you been to previous editions of the VSS? Did you take any pictures? Did you take a picture that captures the VSS spirit? If you did go ahead and e-mail it to tinna.sveinsdottir@afs.org and you might be the lucky winner of an awesome price which will be presented at the welcome evening of the VSS in Ranum. The picture can be from a workshop, from the travel to or from the VSS, from a leisure activity, a community project or anything that YOU feel captures the spirit of the VSS. We look forward to many great pictures.

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Text : Tinna Sveinsdottir - The Support Team - Annika Menke Joshua Fitoussi Design : Joshua Fitoussi Pictures : Joshua Fitoussi - Inga Menke - Support Team

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