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 Meet Franziska, 20 years

“I’m a really communicative, open, crazy young girl, who loves to travel and to make new friends all over the world.” – Franziska Fink

 Franziska finished high school last year and like so many others, she was completely overwhelmed by all the possibilities she was presented with. Not sure of what she wanted to study at university she decided to take a gap year and join a volunteer project from the Take10volunteer programme.  She started on the May team at DRH Lindersvold in Denmark.

“I am living one of the best times ever with my amazing team!” she says.  “For the really first time in my life, I somehow feel useful, because I know that with a lot of effort and work I can change something!”

“We used an interesting and inspirational method to get to know our strengths and weaknesses and best collaboration partners. First, we had to write 3 good things/strengths of a person and 2 things that could be improved.

We had a lot of time to think about that and it was hard to find fitting points for everyone. After that, we explained to each person why we had chosen these points and got to hear what other people wrote about us.

I heard things that I already was familiar with about me, but also new things that I didn’t know.

What is the Take 10 Volunteer programme?

It is an action-based, fast-paced international development volunteer programme where volunteers receive relevant training for three months at a community-based learning centre in Europe.

Thereafter, volunteers participate actively and constructively in creating positive change in marginalised communities in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia or India for six months.

The international development programme provides an opportunity for people from the global West and North to learn from, and volunteer with, community-driven projects under the Humana People to People umbrella. The projects respond to needs within the spheres of education, sustainable farming, child aid and mitigation of climate change.

The Humana People to People Movement has four decades of experience and comprises 32 national associations working in 43 countries worldwide, reaching approx. 16 million people in over 1.000 development projects.

What skills can I develop as a Take 10 Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management

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As we strive for social justice and a more equal world, where everyone enjoys the freedoms as set out in the Charter of Human Rights, we recognise that it takes the combined efforts of a lot of people.

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Meet Franzi, 20 years old

“I’m a really communicative, open, crazy young girl, who loves to travel and to make new friends all over the world.” – Franziska Fink

Franziska finished high school last year and like so many others, she was completely overwhelmed by all the possibilities she was presented with. Not sure of what she wanted to study at university she decided to take a gap year and join a volunteer project from the Take10volunteer programme.  She started on the May team at DRH Lindersvold in Denmark.

“I am living one of the best times ever with my amazing team!” she says.  “For the really first time in my life, I somehow feel useful, because I know that with a lot of effort and work I can change something!”

“We used an interesting and inspirational method to get to know our strengths and weaknesses and best collaboration partners. First, we had to write 3 good things/strengths of a person and 2 things that could be improved.

We had a lot of time to think about that and it was hard to find fitting points for everyone. After that, we explained to each person why we had chosen these points and got to hear what other people wrote about us.

I heard things that I already was familiar with about me, but also new things that I didn’t know.

(From Franziska's blog)

What does it take to become a Take 10 Volunteer?

In order to enrol in the 10 month International Development Volunteer programme, you need to meet the following requirements:

    • You are 18 years old or older.
    • You are ready to leave your home for 10 months to volunteer in a community environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.
    • You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities.
    • You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.
    • You are ready to volunteer where you are most needed.
    • You look forward to engaging with the Humana People to People projects in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning and respect.
    • You are committed to learn about people, cultures, values and traditions, and to share your knowledge and stories with the public after your travels.
What skills can I develop as an International Development Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management

Take 10 Gap Year structure

3 months:
Preparation – training, practical skills, teamwork, setting goals

6 months:
Project work – in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique or India

1 month:
Conclusion and information activities – reflection, bringing the good message out