Tvind International School Centre is a bouquet of educational institutions with strong traditions of being untraditional, with solid pedagogical experiences, and with an international environment influencing all parts of school life. In total, around 100 people from more than 15 different countries live, work and learn together as a community.
Each institution has their own educational programme and students with their own strengths and weaknesses, but all of them have common activities daily. We eat most meals together; share responsibilities and do a wide range of activities. Adults, as well as youngsters with and without social and learning problems, benefit a lot from an international environment with DNS College students as a driving force.
For the future teachers, it is a possibility to try all their talents and ideas together with the diverse public. In Tvind International School Centre we are all teachers!
Today Tvind International School Centre consists of:
- DNS The Necessary Teachers Training College
DNS College is always in the centre of action! Besides being able to give lessons, workshops, organise leisure activities – there is a possibility to form strong bonds with marginalised youth and adults and form a better understanding of issues they are facing in the society or education. As teachers, DNS College students are the role models of the community.
A care home for adults with special needs which focuses on those who experience complex social, mental, physical, personal problems and, thus, are marginalized and excluded by the society.
Here, in the heart of Tvind International School Centre, they have an opportunity to experience active lifestyle, structured developmental programmes and such annual highlights as travels, cultural events and practical projects. Future teachers from DNS International Teacher Training College surround residents of the care home with warm, friendly and inclusive environment beneficial for their personal development.
At ITP everyone is a student following individual developmental programme. Students at ITP have distinctive issues and require care corresponding to their individual needs. Inside the community of Tvind International School Centre they find a safe home rather than an institution. Daily, they are surrounded by the teachers and students from DNS International Teacher Training College, who create a positive environment and safe space. Together with other schools and institutions at Tvind International School Centre students participate in travels, sports, music, art activities and much more!
Day School at Tvind International School Centre for youngsters above 16 with a focus on individual development, community cooperation, and international solidarity.
At this International School, youngsters from various backgrounds support each other in their education. Even though every student has individual goals of education and is in control of his/her learning process, teachers and students make sure to support them along the way.
The community of teachers and students work together to make education exciting and engaging for those who have otherwise given up on traditional schooling.
PTG Youth College is a boarding school for youngster between 17 and 25. As an alternative college, PTG is known for its international, positive, inclusive environment where students do many practical projects, participate in sports and theatre festivals and organise study travels where they learn from the world by investigating realities of people across the planet. DNS Teacher Training and PTG Youth College have a lot in common. Besides sharing the community life, we also share our view upon progressive education. Learning by doing, teaching each other, researching and having a unique approach to every student - are just some shared features.
Other facilities at Tvind International School Centre:
- Tvind Climate Centre
This initiative is established as a direct consequence of the heated discussion "What is our action mitigating the effects of a changing climate?” From talks to action, we operate on many levels. Our toilets use little water thanks to vacuum system; Tvindkraft wind turbine awarded with European Solar Prize provides electricity; Solar panels heat water in a sustainable way and provide electricity;
- Green Shop
The main idea behind Green Shop is to provide a place in Tvind, where people can avoid the word “money” since products in the shop are not for sale, but for exchange. The coin used in the Green Shop is “Common Sense” and that means that the people can take our products and bring us their products, creating a nice, fair and ecological trade.
- Garden Farming
As a part of strive towards sustainability, we present to you our garden farming! Greenhouse, 2 large fields and lots of happy chickens make up our school farm. We grow vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes which supply us with sustainable and ecological products through autumn and, sometimes, even winter. All inhabitants of Tvind International School Centre care for the gardens and harvest the results!
- Sports Facilities
A healthy lifestyle is a priority for all the schools in Tvind and therefore we have lots of sports facilities to accommodate the diverse interest of our community. Football field, beach volleyball court, outdoor cross-fit facilities, fitness centre and large sports hall. On the initiative of teachers and students, we have Zumba, Pilates, yoga or any sports activity we find interesting!
- Arts & Music Facilities
Creativity is present in all the activities at the campus, but we have special facilities to help artists explore and polish their talents. The music room and recording studio are often occupied by a campus band or just those interesting in mastering music instruments. The art room is full of creative materials for the use of conceptual artists.
- Madum Bæk Nature Project
Madum Bæk is a small river that twists along the northern end of the campus. It is not transformed into a nature trail with diverse plants and elements to enjoy while exploring surroundings. Along the path, you can find public camping shelter with a fireplace and even a tree house!
- Mechanical & Green Workshops
Where to learn math, physics, geometry, engineering, carpentry and etc if not in a workshop? We have a mechanical workshop where students take apart bikes, weld iron art, construct creative furniture and what not. We also have a green workshop where you can find old computers, phones, bikes and electronics to be upgraded or upcycled.