The Medieval Centre is a self-containing foundation, financially supported by state and county authorities. The Centre has some 50.000 visitors p.a. The foundation of the centre states a duty to perform research in early technology and craftsmanship, and to present the results to the public.
The Medieval Centre is a non-profit institution, dedicated to the research in and educational presentation of 14th century urban culture in Denmark. Physically, the centre consists of a reconstructed medieval town, in which the educational work takes place as re-enactment by staff dressed in reconstructed clothing and houses, acting as medieval people.
The work is widely dependant on voluntary work, but has a number of regular employees. Educational work takes place from May to September every year, but research is performed the entire year round. Events at the center include knight tournaments, knight shows, trebuchets, canon and bombards, markets, midsummers eve, autumn vacation activities as well as private events
3th May 2021 to 31st October 2021
How do apply
In order to apply please fill out the application form by following the link HERE and send it along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and before the August 3th 2020. If you have been shortlisted for the project we will contact you for a skype interview before the October 1st 2020.
We expect the volunteer to be flexible and willing to try different kinds of work. The volunteer must be openminded, curious and interested in learning more about nature and history. The volunteer must like to spend time outdoors, as many of our activities are outdoor activities. The vounteer must be able to speak English at a conversational level and willing to learn Danish (Scandinavian).
It’s important to point out that when the volunteer work in the medieval city no modern things is allowed. Fx no piercings, no visible tattoos, only jewelry which is medieval approved and so on.
The accommodation is a combination of host family and students doom.
The volunteers living in a student doom: The volunteer will eat some meals at the project and some meals at the doom. The volunteer will be given food money to cover the expenses for food he/she has to pay him/herself. Transport to and from home to the project is covered by the programme.
The volunteers living in a host families: In the host families the volunteer will be expected to become part of the family and as such take part in the activities and responsibilities in the family. The volunteer will have his/her three meals provided by the host family and/or project. Transport to and from home to the project is covered by the programme.
AFS and Middelaldercentret will be deciding who will stay in host families and who will stay in student doom. Therefore, we kindly ask you all to fill in the session in the application where we ask you to reflect on living in a host family.
Within the project the following is covered:
- International transport is covered to a certain amount (approximately 90%).
- Health insurance
- Food and accommodation
- Allowance/pocket money: 220 euro in total: 180 euro (decided by the department of the EU) + 40 euro from the local AFS department.
- Transportation covered: from home to project and from home to language school (if chosen)
NB: language school is no longer included in the project, but it is still possible to attend, if you pay it yourself. The cost is approx. 270 euro/module (with approx. 2-3 modules in total). The transport to and from the language school will be covered by the programme.
It is also possible to attend a free online language course.
Working hours: 30-38 hours/week
All volunteers save up 2 holidays every months.
The Centre expects the volunteers to take an active part in the daily educational work, dressed in reconstructed clothing and acting as citizens of the medieval town. Informal training will be provided as needed, and the volunteers may among other things be required to take part in tournaments, demonstrations of siege engines, and similar activities – depending on the personality and abilities of each individual. The work at the centre will provide the volunteer with an indepth knowledge of medieval life in Denmark and at the same time it will give the volunteer volunteer the possibility of developing a wide range of abilities and experience within the various areas of activities of the Middelaldercenter. It’s important that the volunteer understand that the work at Middelaldercentret is only practical. We have no tasks in the administration or any academic work to offer the volunteer. In between the activities we expect that the volunteer work with some of the handcraft we show the guests. The volunteer can choose between dying, rope making, sewing or carpenting. The volunteer have the possibility to help prepare the horses for the tournament. A typical working day will be from 9.15 am to 16.15 pm and the volunteer will also do occasional work at weekends. However, the working week will not exceed 35 hours per week.
The work in the medieval town is team work, it’s important that everybody can rely on each other, so it demands responsibility to the work and the tasks which is given.
Administration of the volunteer project
Middelaldercentret has a partnership with AFS Interkultur Denmark, who will administer the grant – including the volunteer allowance to be given to the volunteers during the program.
AFS Interkultur will make sure that the volunteer gets a mentor/contact person who will help the volunteer integrate into the Danish local community and support the volunteer with every matter related to the stay of the volunteer. The volunteer will be invited to participate in various activities which are offered by the local AFS chapters and volunteer committees to all AFS participants in the area. In this way the volunteer will have face-to-face encounters with young people and youth workers from a variety of backgrounds and gain further intercultural competence.
Both AFS Interkultur and Middelaldercentret will assist volunteers with the administative paperwork related to arriving in Denmark.
If you have any questions, please email to email@example.com
Please also send your CV and application form to firstname.lastname@example.org