I’ve started my programme Fighting with the poor with the pre-course in Denmark where I worked as a Development Instructor in a care home connected with a Danish school. I came there with the idea that I’ll use my teaching skills to shape behaviours but step by step I realised that it was the other way around, after 9 months and a half, I’ve changed a lot…
What does it mean working in a care home? First of all, a care home is a small institution providing accommodation and care for people who are unable to look after themselves, in this case, teenagers with challenging backgrounds. My job consisted of assisting these young people to do daily activities like cleaning their rooms, shopping, cooking and at the same time creating a real connection with them. Apparently these activities are easy to do for but for those teenagers could be very difficult because they didn’t live in a healthy environment before coming in these care homes.
When I realised the responsibility of this job, I started to be afraid because everything was new to me. I started to help cooking and baking, also organising things in the house. In the same time, I needed to observe very well the students, learning about their past and their challenges and trying to be present in the interactions with them.
Some of their stories are very powerful and the impact of their past is seen in their behaviour. You need to have the inside power not to take personally their words or their actions and rebuild yourself together after each interaction with them. I became more aware of myself and my inside power only after working with these teenagers.
If you succeed to build a connection with them, you’ll have nice experiences together like sports activities, fighting in the LaserTag, eating dinner outside, attending concerts or going on trips abroad. The best part is when you’ll notice little changes in their behaviour that make you feel blessed and grateful for working with youngsters.
In the same time, you experience living in Denmark and learning more about Danish people. It’s not really Danish but for Halloween, I went with them to the neighbourhood dressed in costumes and we received candies and sweets. Before Christmas, we prepared the Calendar Candles in creatives ways, we decorated the house and the Christmas tree. We played games, shared gifts and sang together. I’ve tried the Danish food which is similar to Romanian dishes because they eat pork for Christmas too.
I’ve visited many places in Denmark, starting with Copenhagen and other cities like Aarhus, Odense, Billund or Helsingør, small cities like Skaelskor, Slagelse, Naestved, little islands like Agerso or bigger Island like Bornholm. Denmark has a lot of things to offer and you need a lot of time to explore it. I enjoyed Denmark as much as possible and I will write more about the places that I’ve visited in the next articles.