Denmark is a wealthy country in the northern part of Europe that is ruled by a constitutional monarchy. Denmark is known for having one of the highest standards of living in the world and for having some of the world’s happiest people. Denmark has a border with Germany, but the rest of the country is on water, with many islands.
There is no language requirement to go on exchange to Denmark, however it is strongly advised to begin private lessons in Danish before beginning exchange.
The Danish school system is based on the concept of learning to take responsibility for your own “learning for life”. This results in teaching where students always play a very active democratic role in lessons and very often assignments are given to be solved collaboratively in groups. It also requires that the students find their information themselves, with a high level of criticism and of course, counselling by the teachers.
This way of teaching and learning has made the Danish youth a group of very involved and mature students in the way that they know that what they learn, they learn for them, and not for the teacher. There are no school uniforms in Denmark and the dress code is quite free—also for the teachers.
Your new host family will greet you as a son or daughter and be prepared to make you a part of their life.
YFU Denmark has all kinds of host families: mum, dad and children; single parents; couples without children; couples with small children; couples whose children have already moved out and are scattered around the country. They all have one thing in common. They are looking forward to welcoming you into their homes.
Equality between men and women is nearly achieved in Denmark. Most women have a full time job. Household chores are taken care of by the whole family. Mums and Dads share equal authority regarding children, finances, etc. Most Danish families sit down to eat supper together.
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