About Denmark

When you need to decide if Denmark is a country you want to live and volunteer in, it is helpful to know something about the country.

The following links will provide you with various information about Denmark and the Danes as well as information about what it’s like to be a volunteer in Denmark. At the bottom of this page, you can also find 10 fun facts about Denmark and get a visual impression of Denmark through our Pinterest board.

COVID-19/Corona Virus

At the moment, the world is in a very unusual situation with the global pandemic of the Corona Virus, which affects our mobility and travel opportunities.
Some start dates may be postponed due to the situation in your country, the situation in Denmark, the options for travel, or visa procedures.
During this time we will be flexible and we will continue to keep an eye on the situation.

Former volunteers with ICYE in Denmark share their experience with us. They do so by sharing videos, photos, or articles about their time in Denmark, which can show you what it is like to be a volunteer in Denmark,

The “Challange Yourself” and “Volunteering at Kornmod Realskole” videos are both created by European volunteers in Denmark. They show you the mental process of personal growth by volunteering as well as how the daily life looks like.

Do you want to know more about what it is like to volunteer in Denmark told by someone who has tried it? Check out our inspiration website for more videos, photos, and text about life as a volunteer.

Become a Volunteer

In Denmark, we have two programmes you can volunteer through; you can apply to become an ESC-volunteer through the ESC-programme or an ICYE-volunteer through the ICYE-programme.

IMPORTANT: You will need a national ICYE organisation or a European ESC supporting organisation to send you to Denmark.
You can find those by looking through the following webistes.


ESC (European Solidarity Corps) – Individual Volunteering, formerly called the EVS-programme, is a programme financed by the European Union where you can volunteer in Europe for 2-12 months.

ESC – Individual Volunteering is for EU citizens and for citizens from EU partner countries between the ages 18 to 30.

As an ESC-volunteer in Denmark, you can work with different projects dealing with topics such as education, children, animals, and more. As an ESC-volunteer you live and work with the locals, which brings you closer to the Danish lifestyles.

Take a look at the list of the list of ESC-projects in Denmark to see what is available right now and read through the application procedure. If you apply for more than one project, make sure to write a specific application for each project. Applications are only accepted when the project is available.

If you want to go to Denmark, we will recommend you to read our National Profile which is a very useful and fun guide for you. It consists of information about Denmark, the Danes, its culture, language, and traditions.
Besides this, it also informs you about the ESC-program and the preparations.


The ICYE-programme is the long-term program where you can work for 6 or 12 months in countries all over the world.

The ICYE-programme is for the ages 18 to 30. You need to have another ICYE-organiation as your sending organisation. Find the list of ICYE-organiations on the international ICYE website and contact the one in your country or a neighbouring country.

The program gives you the best prerequisites to get to know the Danish culture, language and people, and you can develop your social and work skills by teaching at a Danish style boarding school, taking care of children in a kindergarten, or planning different activities at an after school activity centre. As an ICYE-volunteer you live and work with the locals, which bring you closer to the Danish lifestyles.

You can choose to volunteer in 6 or 12 months starting from August or January.

If you choose to travel via the ICYE-program, you need to contact ICYE in your country. They will guide you through the process and prepare you for your journey.

Take a look at the list of the Danish ICYE projects to get an idea of the type of projects you can volunteer at and read our National Profile, which is a very useful and fun guide about volunteering in Denmark. It consists of information about Denmark, the Danes, its culture, language, and traditions.

Facts About Denmark

In the following you can read 10 fun facts about Denmark which give a more fun and different image of the country. You can also see our Pinterest board in the widget below.

  • Fun fact #1: Danes really like pickled herring
  • Fun fact #2: Danes enjoy salty and strong liquorice
  • Fun fact #3: Danes have a strong sense of irony
  • Fun fact #4: The UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people in the world several times
  • Fun fact #5: Danes have a special word “hygge” for that cozy feeling of togetherness. It means relaxing in great company
  • Fun fact #6: Danish pastry is actually called “wienerbrød” or “Viennese bread” in Denmark
  • Fun fact #7: The Danish language has no word for “please”
  • Fun fact #8: When crossing the road Danes typically wait for the traffic signals to change to “go”. Even if the road is clear!
  • Fun fact #9: Danes eat an average of 42 sausages a year
  • Fun fact #10: LEGO is Danish