Difference between learning centers and schools

While schools are trying to become more innovative and “revolutionize” learning they are still struggling to break away from outdated approaches. They are many ways to stimulate and inspire students while making sure they are reaching their full potential.

When it comes to educating and training people it is important to keep them active and involved. Schools around the world are doing their best in improving the quality and access to education, however, there is still a long way to go.

The level of involvement of students, interactivity, and hands-on experience are suffocated by the excessive amounts of theory and stressful exams, pressure, and expectations.

Our learning center has several approaches which we believe contribute to a better, alternative schooling system.

Practical approach: Hands-on experience

Students (volunteers) at DRH Lindersvold experience what we call “learning by doing”. We believe the best way to learn is by practical action and for this reason, we involve students in activities which demonstrate the lessons they are trying to learn. This also includes gardening, building weekends, event organization, and many other practical actions.

Theoretical knowledge is a great start but the only way to fully understand a lesson is to experience it first-hand.

Creative environment

At this point, everyone should be aware that a creative environment is one of the essential prerequisites of quality education. If students are not stimulated to use their creativity and keep improving the education loses its entire point.

We strive to create such atmosphere and let students (volunteers) express themselves freely and implement their ideas and projects in their own creative ways.

Community-based lifestyle

One of the core principles at DRH Lindersvold is the community lifestyle. Students (volunteers) live together sharing responsibilities in regards to cooking, cleaning, gardening, planning, etc. and support each other in decision-making and solving conflicts.

This helps them feel part of something bigger and understand that they can always find the support they need while also reminding them they need to take their responsibilities seriously.

Shared responsibilities

It is way easier to take tasks seriously when you are given responsibilities over different aspects of community life. Our students (volunteers) are given important tasks which they need to take care of in order to ensure life at the learning center goes normal. This also teaches them to be responsible, reliable, and to be dedicated to their tasks.

Using skills and strengths

Another important principle at DRH Lindersvold is using the skills and strengths of our students (volunteers) to the fullest. We strive to help them develop and build-up on their existing capabilities while also introducing them to different areas and helping them learn new things.

Cooperation and communication

We firmly believe communication is key. By open and honest conversations we encourage students (volunteers) to solve problems, be curious, and open-minded.

Cooperation is the basis of every successful endeavor. Together we can achieve much more and by remaining open and accepting the possibilities are endless.

This is how we approach education and teaching at DRH Lindersvold. We believe those principles contribute to a better environment and learning experience. Our goal is to help students (volunteers) reach their full potential and build-up on their skills and strengths while acquiring new ones in the process.

The best part of being in Lindersvold for me has been to get to know many different people and learn to work together with them. We have faced many different problems and situations and this helped me learn a lot about and from those people, it also helped me learn more about myself.

Leyre from Spain

going too Mzimba in Northern Malawi, working with preschools.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Lindersvold is an international learning center that facilitates courses in community development and certification in non-traditional pedagogy. Our Center provides an opportunity to learn about the big issues of our time while preparing to assist community-driven projects in Zambia, Malawi or Mozambique. We believe in combining hands-on training with theoretical knowledge, alongside community living, gives students the best foundation for working with sustainable development and vulnerable youth.

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