Description of the project

After School Activity Centres ”SFO” are open to children from 6 to 14 years old. The children come to the centre before and/or after school, while their parents are at work.

The SFO is usually a part of the local school. Trained staff arrange activities for the children, and a volunteer would be good help in an SFO.
By having a volunteer join the SFO, the project wishes to give the children an understanding of other cultures and countries already at a young age.

Main activities

The children at the SFO play sports, do craft-work, play computer games, play board games, draw, play music, and do other activities together. Sometimes they just hang out with their friends.

At the SFO the staff spends time with the children, either by suggesting activities for the children, participating in the activity, or supervising the activity.

Volunteer tasks

As a volunteer in an SFO your main task is spending time with the children. Different activities are available for the children, and you are expected to take part in some of these activities.

If you play an instrument, have computer skills, play soccer, or have any other qualifications or skills, you will have the opportunity to arrange an activity for the children.
Helping with homework might also be relevant in an SFO.
Activities based on your nationality and background will also be useful for the children, as they benefit from knowing more about different cultures and countries. This could be by presenting games you know from home, cook snacks for the children from your culture, or simply tell them about schools and playing in your country.

Some activities in an SFO may take place outside. This is especially the case during the summer or when the weather is nice, though some activities may also take place outside when the weather is colder.

Volunteer requirements/skills

To work in a Danish SFO it is important that the volunteer:

  • Is aged between 18-30 years of age
  • Enjoys working with children
  • Is creative in their work with children
  • Is flexible and understanding in relation to the different daily tasks and activities of the SFO
  • Is aware that the working hours typically are early morning and during the afternoon – before and after the children attend school
  • Would like to live in a rural area or small town, as most of the projects are situated in such.

Host family.