Laura · DNS 2017

I’m a growing human being that happens to be labeled as female, Portuguese and 19 years old.

After finishing both high school and the constitution of my financial independence, I took my time to get out of my comfort, known zone and to travel driven by curiosity to explore myself and different realities and cultures on this planet.
Traveling, volunteering and working.

I went through a lot of different experiences, each one touching me close, shocking or amazing me, always transforming me. And transformation I don’t see as an event but much more as a wave. Wait, I said one? Many waves!

An ever rolling set of it! And there are things that we can catch while surfing it and others only in the floating quietness between sets. So I can say I’m still taking a lot of lessons from my former lived experiences… while I keep on living… forming new ones to learn upon… So you see, one can never get bored, it’s wonderful!

In fact, I’ve not only independently traveled physically from Denmark to Guinea-Bissau, but from challenging assumptions and conditions over my individuality to concrete and abstract, micro and macro perspectives over humanity’s painting.

Thus, among many considerations, I was compelled to join DNS program to learn another way to learn – regarding its environment, methodology, systematization & application – where, as an example, we find the value given to experiences and its enlightened learning virtue, to the ever present awareness of our learning process and the responsibility shift to the student over its development.

Something from so many angles distinct from the conventional education, where students are handled as passive receivers of knowledge, cultivated depend on teachers and shaped into society (market, corporations) “needs” (or greedy interests, one can call it), which of course, also shape the course of our Human History, cultures, perceptions of reality and the way of humans, living beings, members of a falling biodiversity, to Be.

Finally, I believe that education plays a fundamental role in the development of both the individual and the community – elements that are inexorably conditioned (without being exclusively determined) by it.

And, from my current perspective, after DNS, we’ve grown to be capable, involved citizens, able to take and share constructive experiences from each situation – a must, resilient capacity to master in our ever changing and uncertain world and lives.


More Humans of DNS

Nadezda, DNS alumni

I want to be a good teacher and DNS taught me that it is only possible through a process of self-discovery and exploration. I followed that path since graduation and it takes me to places I could not have predicted.


I dream about a world where people don’t fight for territory, resources, borders. A world, where people are happy to see each other, regardless their skin color. A World, where they don’t meassure you…


Eternity is just moments glued together by the web of togetherness. And change is an always present constant. So, we all eventually go through it. Some people change to become what they are meant to be…


I look forward to spending the coming years with the awesome guys that I have met so far. I know for a fact we are going to have an amazing time and discover so so much! Hope you all enjoyed reading this – PEACE OUT!


If you never jump into the pool you will never learn to swim! So here I am trying a new experience and learning as much as possible from myself and all the people I am meeting through this path we build day by day.


I have had the desire to become a teacher for several years. It has accompanied me along my university course, in the time which I devoted to theatre, music and volunteering. With DNS, I started a new life path.

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