Description of the project

When young, Danish people have completed 9th or 10th grade, they usually choose a youth education. Attending a high school is one of the youth educations.
The students can attend a three year course or a two year course.

The high schools have mandatory classes all students need to attend, at least at a minimum level, such as Danish, maths, English, physical education, at least one science class and at least one other language class. Other classes are also available depending on the student’s choices as well as advanced classes for previously completed classes.

Danish high schools are also very social places with various parties for the students throughout the year.

The high schools in Denmark sees it as a very unique opportunity to have a native English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, or Japanese volunteers among their staff to teach Danish youth.

Main activities

The purpose of the Danish high schools, “Gymnasium”, is to teach the students within the subjects of sciences, humanities, and society studies. The students have various subjects and electives.

Trained teachers, each with their own main subjects, teach the students throughout the day.

Volunteer tasks

If you speak a language taught at the high school, you may have the opportunity to teach a class or support the teacher in the class. You may also be asked to assist in the English lessons, even if you are not a native speaker of English.
Another relevant class you can support will be physical education.
Additional tasks will be given depending on the school’s needs.

Volunteer requirements/skills

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

  • Is independent – take initiative and show interest in the young people
  • Enjoys working with teenagers
  • Is creative in the tasks
  • Is flexible and understanding in relation to the work place environment
  • Is flexible in relation to the task asked of you.

Host family.

This project description is in relation to the ICYE-programme. If you are interested in the European programme, the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), please see here.

This project at a glance

Age requirement


Danish (or English) skills required


Work with young children (aged 3-6)


Work with older children (aged 6-12)


Work with teenagers (aged 12-18)


Working outdoors


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