Do you want to study African at folk high school?
We combine folk high school and Africa on the line Africa - Aid / Culture! Creative and appropriate assistance that is useful - aimed at young and old. You become a "friend in everyday life" here at home, and get to experience Africa's incredible cultural and animal life in Kenya and Uganda - where we run schools for over 800 children.
Folk High School, Africa, aid and culture
A year of social life at folk high school, while you learn about good assistance and take an active part in both fundraising and use of money. You experience exciting cultures, and learn about a number of African countries through lectures, documentaries, discussions and films.
You learn to speak Swahili from our caretaker, join in making African food, arrange aid races for schools in Elverum and make Christmas games for kindergartens and families.
I have never felt such a sense of belonging, as what I do here. The feeling of being seen is very often present.
- Mina Vaaden
You get room to develop as a person
- Lena Eriksen
You become part of a larger community filled with positivity and commitment
- Synne Wagnhildshaug
Experiences, memories and friends that will last a lifetime 🙂
- Madeleine Guttormsen
Recommended for those who like to help people, and those who want to experience African culture.
- Ulrik Lien Svarstad
Every month at Elverum FHS felt like a whole year - we had so much fun!
- Snorre Klarpås
The Africa line gives me a varied everyday life, makes me challenge my own values, gives me insight and perspective.
- Simon Rørtveit-Nesheim
Elverum Folk High School has run a school project in Kasese, Uganda since the early 2000s. The project currently provides schooling for over 800 children, and also includes a sports facility and an agricultural facility.
In addition, we have supported smaller projects in Namibia, and in Bwera, Uganda.
You get involved in raising funds for the projects in many creative ways
- The aid race «Active for others»
- Assistance marathon
- Café operation
- Christmas games
- Christmas gift card
At home in Elverum, you get to visit lonely elderly people and help young refugees in schools and kindergartens.
Read more about our development assistance projects
Guaranteed a year where you have to be outside the comfort zone - in the slums of Africa and in encounters with foreign people.
Study trips with the African line
- Cabin trips
We start with a slum visit in Kisinjy in the capital Kampala before traveling west to Kasese - where we have our aid project REEC. There we visit and take part in daily life at the schools, the football facility and the new agricultural project which is now underway. There will be a safari in Queen Elisabeth National Park where hippos, crocodiles, lions and leopards appear very often. We also visit the border market between Congo and Uganda, which is a chaos of impressions.
On the second big trip, we fly to Nairobi and on to the exotic, Muslim and not least car-free island of Lamu in the Indian Ocean. Three weeks in East Africa with slums, beautiful nature, wild animals and exciting Swahili culture! Sunset sailing, trip to Lamu Town, Matandoni and swimming in 26 degree sea water with turtles, dolphins and beautiful corals.
Cooking, henna painting and charming people of all ages.
On Utøya, you will get close to the stories of victims and survivors after the terrorist attack on 22 July 2011. You will also see the wonderful way we have taken back the island with life, joy and basic democratic values.
We go to Oslo to visit the Rose Castle. This exhibition at Frognerseteren is a tribute to our democracy and a reminder of the Second World War in Norway. You will also join the Nobel Peace Center and the new main hall of Deichmanske Bibliotek.
We travel on several cabin trips during the year, with a focus on social gatherings, value choices and quizzes.
Are folk high schools and Africa tempting?