Alumni · Marta · DNS 2013
DNS was the missing piece
I was born and raised in Romania. Since quite an early age I knew that I want to work with people. After finishing high-school finally, it was time to follow my passion and I enrolled to Social Work studies. After graduating university, which was rather more theoretical than practical, I felt that something was missing. This is where DNS came into my life. DNS was the missing piece that completed my theoretical studies with practical experiences.
Opportunities instead of setbacks
DNS introduced me to a different world, to a world where things can be done differently. DNS took me out of my comfort zone and made me see opportunities instead of setbacks. DNS turned books into Human Library and made me a “reading addict”, broke down the stereotypes and gave me a great amount of knowledge. It’s amazing how much you can learn from and with people.
DNS broadened my horizons and made me a traveler. DNS taught me not just to question things but also act upon them. DNS awoke my political interest and thanks to it I became more politically aware.
Project work with two team mates
After graduating DNS, I felt like a Superhero who was ready to conquer the world. Very soon I realized that with so many opportunities it’s not that easy to decide how and where to continue. Finally, I decided that the priority for me was to give the possibility for many others to know about this school.
Therefore, I decided to carry out a special project with two of my team mates. We dedicated one more year at the campus to establish a new admissions office in Tvind. We also supported the teachers’ council at DNS with our input as freshly graduated teachers. It was an interesting year where we learned and achieved a lot together. Also, this one year made me realize that I miss social work and what I really wanted to do is to work with people with special needs.
A teacher – redefined
Right now, I am back in the field of social pedagogy. I am a pedagogue in “The Villas” (a nick name for the two care-homes in Tvind) where I work with and care for adults with complex psycho-social needs. The aim is for them to live a meaningful life. I create programmes and activities for the students, but more importantly I’m also there to do it together with them. Apart from the pedagogical work I am also a “unit manager in training”. Bit by bit I am handed over responsibilities regarding the daily running of the care homes.
DNS is still part of my life, not just because I work closely together with the DNSers who are having saving-up pre-course in the Villas, but because DNS redefined the meaning of a teacher for me. A teacher is someone who inspires, challenges and cares, and I try to do that every day. 😊
More Humans of DNS
“I think I got used to unknown things…. and I now have the power to survive in any kind of situation, to figure out some kind of solution… I am kind of prepared for everything. But I miss my team!”
“People are different and have different boundaries. DNS helped me to realize that everybody has different limits, and we cannot ask everybody to do the same. This is what I use also a lot when I’m teaching.”
Finally, I know I am ready to engage any adventure, and since I was little I loved to talk in public, share, learn and teach. So, then when I found out about DNS it was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kamal Ahamada graduated from DNS in 2009. In this video, he shares some insights into the DNS experience and how it influences his work as a teacher and community leader today.
I am from a small province called Catalonia, located to the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, beautiful for its mountains called the Pyrenees and the beaches of the Mediterranean coast.
“At some point I decided that I wanted to be a teacher who fights for justice and dignity together with the people. A teacher who is not limited by the four walls of a classroom – rather the opposite.”