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Malaysia

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Cultural studies, Travel

School attendance - a human right for everyone

 

During this culture subject you will ontain an understanding of, how it is to live in a country like Malaysia, depending on the family's social status. This applies to our preparation, our trip and our reprocessing after the trip. You will be well equipped for a cultural encounter with lots of different people and you will be trained to pass on your knowledge from this encounter.

 

The goal of this trip is to teach and help out at a school for refugees in Malaysia, where the economic situation is vastly different from what we are used to at home. The School is being run exclusively by volunteers and the goal is to offer schooling to everyone, regardless of origin and social status. In this way, you will gain insight into an alternative form of schooling, but also learn other teaching methods than the ones we are using in Denmark. Apart from this, the encounter with the culture and the internal class distinction in Malaysia will be in focus, with the intention of creating an awareness and a debate about our way of life.

 

In this culture subject you will gain an understanding of, how it is to live in a country like Malaysia, depending on the family's social status. This applies to our preparation, our trip and our reprocessing after the trip. You will be well equipped for a cultural encounter with lots of different people and you will be traained to pass on your knowledge from this encounter. The goal of our trip is personal development, moving personal boundaries and educate you through experiences with the foreign culture. Malaysia offers fantastic opportunities for this, since the country is made up of many different cultures, because of its history. During classes and during the trip you will be working with quality education, peace, justice and strong institutions as well as reduced inequalities, which is all part of the UN sustainable development goals and thus in line with the foundational ideas of Ranum Efterskole College.

 

The Lessons

As a part of the preparation for our trip and the cultural encounter, you will immerse yourself in different topics within the Malaysian culture, traditions, religion, geography or history. You must, in relation to this, prepare a presentation about a topic and present this to the other students in class. In addition to this, you must prepare lesson plans and materials for the lessons at our friendship school, Hilla Community Centre School, in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Here, you will be assigned a class and be responsible for the lessons, primarily in the subjects Maths, English, Music, Science/Geography, Art and P.E. The friendship school already has an existing relationship with Ranum, which is evident by the fact that they have the Ranum Efterskole logo on their shirts and have the REC friendship school emblem on the school's wall. You must also research a self-chosen topic before and during the trip, so you can obtain and convey new knowledge about the topic after the trip.

 

The trip

Besides the lessons at the friendship school, you will have the opportunity to experience Malaysia and its culture on your own, through homestays, during the trip. In groups of 2-4 people, you will be staying at refugee families and malaysian AFS host families respectively. We are going to try to arrange an overnight stay with a tribe in the rain forest. During the trip, you will learn to utilise your own skills to help others, since you will e.g. be responsible for the lessons at the school for 3 days.

In addition to this, you will gain an insight into the country through a presentation at the danish embassy and sightseeing in and around Kuala Lumpur. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to break your own personal boundaries with all sorts of adventure disciplines, bathing in hot springs and meeting the creeps and animals of the rainforest.

 

After the trip

After the trip you must prepare a presentation of your trip, your experiences and your considerations about your self-chosen topics. We are going to work with presentation techniques before the trip. Here, you will be working with printed medias, virtual medias in the form of a blog/homepage/Facebook and video report in connection to your presentation of the self-chosen topics. Subsequently, this must be presented as part of a newsletter, as a photo wall at school, as an introduction video for new students, as a presentation at school or as a presentation for the parents at Ranum Efterskole College.

 

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A, tetanus (if necessary, read more under - only in Danish - http://www.sikkerrejse.dk/vaccinations/malaysia/)

 

Safety

All students will be given a note with distress numbers as well as the numbers of the relevant teachers. Apart from this, it is a rule that you are only allowed to walk around in larger groups, which also applies to the homestays, where you will all live within walking distance of the teachers. For more information about security, see the document security manual for the Malaysia trip.

 

Teachers

Jess Frost
jf@ranumefterskole.dk

 

Terms and economy

Self-payment approx. 9.000 DKK.

Pocket money: App. 1.000 DKK recommended

 

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