2014-09-09T13:12:40+01:00September 9th, 2014|

The Postal Walk is a well-attended annual event locally, hosted by Svint Sports Club in Flekke. This year it was held on Sunday 7th and approximately 50 students and staff took part. The walk follows the old postal route from Bergen to Trondheim, the part from Rennestraum to Hovland. The terrain is relatively flat, along lakes and in woodland and was enjoyed by all who took part.  After the rigours of the walk, the participants were treated to food and drink prepared by  the local supporters of the event.

Takk for turen!

The Summer Season

2014-08-06T11:25:02+01:00August 4th, 2014|

The summer season at UWC Red Cross Nordic has been blessed with nearly continuous sunshine, with a fjord temperature between 20 and 25 degrees! The Red Cross Holiday Camps were well attended, excellently run by Ragnhild Tveiten and her summer staff. A big thank you must go to the Red Cross in Sogn og Fjordane and our neighbouring counties for making this possible for so many participants.
The UWC English Summer Course is now in full swing, under the supervision of Peter Wilson and Madeleine Benishek – there are many new faces on campus, eager to get involved.

Semester at Sea

2018-10-16T09:33:40+01:00August 1st, 2014|

In 2013 and 2014, Shelby Davis has kindly offered scholarships to students from each United World College to attend a Semester at Sea voyage. Åse (Norway) was the first UWC RCN recipient of the award with Frida (Denmark)and Emma (The Netherlands) due to join a voyage in the forthcoming academic year. This summer, recent alumnus Johan (Norway) was invited to be an ‘interport’ guest speaker on the leg between Ireland and Norway. He reports:

On board for the summer voyage

On board

In July, I was given the opportunity to represent UWC Red Cross Nordic and Norway as an ‘interport’ student during Semester at Sea’s summer voyage. ‘Interport’ students are guest speakers who board the ship a few ports prior to their home countries, in order to prepare the students on the voyage about cultural and political aspects of the coming county. In my case, I flew from Oslo to join MV Explorer in Dublin, and spent the next nine days sailing back to Oslo through Bergen. During my stay, I participated in classes, joined on shore excursions, held presentations about UWC and Norway, as well as participated in activities on board. I disembarked in Oslo having met hundreds of people who were all eager to learn about the world around them. I have had discussions, debates, chats and even arguments with more people than I can recall, as well as having gained some very good friends.

Semester at Sea is a very unique experience, and I am very grateful for my chance to get a little understanding of the journey the students go through. In many ways, Semester at Sea shares the same ideals of cultural understanding and appreciation as UWC, and it was a gratifying experience seeing how the concept of a ‘World Citizen’ also can be so much more than what you can experience at UWC.

I am truly grateful to everyone who made me feel welcome during my stay- and I hope that other students will be able to experience the same as I have.

Johan Ludvig Holst, UWC Red Cross Nordic ‘14

To the Top!

2014-06-09T06:26:05+01:00June 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.