Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 7, 2014

To the Top!

June 7th, 2014|

This year UWC Red Cross Nordic was invited to participate in the annual Red Cross event ‘Til Topps’, an ascent of Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhopiggen. Til Topps is the year’s most energetic multicultural integration event, supported by a phenomenal team of volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly and safely. Over 1000 people joined the event this year.

The aims of Til Topps are as follows:

  • To increase inclusion and improve health.
  • To create long-lasting networks through nature, culture and people-to-people experiences.
  • To encourage friendship and knowledge gained during the trip to continue once the hike is over.
  • To give positive attention to integration work in Norway.
  • To encourage people’s desire to take part in practical integration work in their local communities
  • To inspire people to get out and move!

Five students and two staff members left the College early on the last day of term, driving through spectacular scenery on their way to Lom, where we were based with the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross.


The evening before the hike, participants were treated to a culture evening with delicious food and exciting entertainment, including a performance by the lively “Awesomnia”.

The big day dawned, we packed up our rucksacks and were bussed to Juvasshytta, where we registered for the hike, received harnesses for the glacier crossing, and set off! The walk was challenging, even for hardy Norwegians, but as always, the thought of reaching the top and the encouraging words and smiles of other participants and Red Cross organizers provided all the motivation we needed.

Although the top was cloud-hidden and the views of the surrounding landscape were non-existent, looking around us, we had a stunning view of happy, smiling faces and groups taking photos. The air was alive with congratulations and a shared sense of achievement.

We are very grateful to the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross for including us in their team, giving us the opportunity to have this extraordinary experience.

Farewells

June 5th, 2014|

A year full of hard work, fun and togetherness is nearly over. We congratulate our graduating class and wish them all the best for their road ahead. For these two eventful years they have been supported by dedicated staff members, in and outside of the class room. Also some of the members of our staff are moving on to new professional experiences next year.  Our students know what their support means, in classes, activities and in the daily lives on campus. Many thanks to: Peder Gravlund (Swedish and English), Mari Kyrkjebø (Maths), Rudy Herrera Marmol (Economics), Jace Latore and Lauren Trumper (Outdoor Department), Ana Flecha Marco (Spanish), Salma Mahmud, Jadiyetu Dah, Pornthip Kanchiang, Andrew Nkumbi (FK Volunteers), Dona Pursall (English Group 1), João Reis (kitchen). Ragnhild Tveiten is also leaving from the Outdoor Department and UWC Connect at the end of the summer to take up position as a primary school teacher in the local area.

A report about Graduation is here.

 

Laski Visit

June 4th, 2014|

The second year RCN graduates left the College on Saturday 24th May, and early the following morning ten students and two teachers from the Laski Institute (Association for Care of the Blind) in Poland arrived for a ten-day visit as part of the EU-sponsored Comenius Bilateral School Partnership programme. For several years the College has participated in exchange visits between our two institutions: UWC Red Cross Nordic traveling to Poland to attend classes and take part in activities with our hosts at Laski; the Laski students then making reciprocal visits to the College.

Our Laski friends were hosted in the student village by the first years and took apart in a wide range of activities – attending classes, doing yoga, hiking, bicycle dressage, visiting a museum in Naustdal and more. The Laski students attended a Norwegian Course – looking at both language and culture – offered by RCN and members of the local Flekke community over several days, and also offered Polish classes for interested RCN students.

One of the goals of the programme is to develop an  integration-game for sighted and non-sighted participants to play together. We had already tested existing games like goalball and table tennis for the blind and are excited to have made good progress developing a version of land hockey; we are now at the stage of drawing up the rules of the game – and it’s going to be fun! The two groups will also be testing an integrated version of basketball when visiting Laski in October.

All in all, a very successful visit and our thanks go to all involved – especially to our very own Paulina Szymczak, for all her hard work and organisational skills.

Here is an album of photographs from an Activity Day that RCN and Laski students spent with asylum seekers from Bergum Mottak.