Swedish Program on Human Rights and Democracy

DONE BY: Sophia Korostoff-Larsson | Needham High School '16 | Wesleyan U. '21

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: 

It is a Swedish program based at a school called Farnebo Folkhogskola - I am a Swedish citizen which is basically why I could do it (unhelpful, sorry), but my dad did a similar course when he was in his 20s, and my sister did it 2 years before me.

LENGTH: 9 months: End of August - Beginning of June

LOCATION: Sweden, South Africa, Zimbabwe

FUN: ★★★★★

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★

KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED:

  • Independence

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 8:30am: breakfast
  • 9am-9:30am: morning meeting
  • 9am-12pm: classes on human rights (very alternative, chill classes)
  • 12pm-1:30pm: lunch
  • 1:30pm-4:15pm: classes again (sometimes with house cleaning and independent time and group bonding time mixed in)
  • Rest of the day: free (this schedule applies to the first three months and the last three months, the middle three months were a trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe where the daily schedule varied day to day with internships and family stays and project working)

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Classes on human rights and democracy
  • Internships
  • Family stays
  • Meetings (a lot of democracy in real life practice)

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES: 

  • Housing, with my 9 classmates

TOP TIPS: 

I'm not sure how realistic it is for someone else to actually do this same program because of my connection to Sweden (all the classes were in Swedish) but I would definitely suggest reaching out to family connections, even if they are distant because most of the time people are excited to help you out and find opportunities for you and even to host you!

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

Independence!

Jiyoung Jeong