“Week X”: Winter Concert Camp
A week full of challenges and surprises awaited the the Take 10 January Team for their “Week X” – a week in the preparation period where the team must organise a sizeable event. The event was to host a symphony orchestra, a choir and soloist who were going to perform at the annual “Winter Concert” in Holstebro in western Denmark.
The Winter Concert Camp 2019 was a preparatory camp of one week to prepare the Winter Concert annual event that was started 34 years ago. The camp was joined by volunteers, Development Instructors and students from the DNS · The Necessary Teacher Training College at Tvind.
An international event
A lot of people with different cultures and different backgrounds met together in order to fulfil the expectations about the Winter Concert 2019. People from all over Europe, as well as from Asian and American countries joined the “Winter Concert Camp”. In total, we were around 40 volunteers. The purpose of the camp was (1) to prepare for the arrival of the musicians for three days, and then host them for three days before their performance, (2) to learn how to be useful in all ways and (3) to work as a community.
It was really challenging to accept different ideas and relating with so many unknown people in such a short time. But on the other hand, working with more people gave us a more open horizon and many times it was easy to find and agree on good solutions.
How we organised
The division of tasks was already prepared by the camp leadership and each of us at the camp had to choose in which group to work. The accommodation team was responsible for cleaning and preparing the rooms where musicians would stay for four days.
The hosting team emerged the day musicians came and they were responsible for all the comfort and good care of them. The kitchen team prepared fresh food every day for making us relaxed and creating energetic moments.
The transportation team oversaw all the shopping needed including food and special requests along with driving musicians and other people were needed.
The common area team prepared pretty decorations to make the common spaces according to the theme of the week. The outside area team cleaned all the smoking areas, created new ones and also, they made maintenance of the Zimbabwean sculptures belonging to the camp area.
The media team had to always have open eyes to capture every single moment of the occurring program.
The morning cleaning was distributed by each person picking an area.
Learning as you go
At the beginning, everything was new; the Tvind campus, the people and the tasks we were about to start. However, with the help of the leaders of the camp program everything was managed. Whenever we needed we could ask them, therefore it was easier to execute all the tasks in the right time and with the necessary quality. Also, good relationships were established between the different personalities at the camp.
In the middle of the week, some of us had to create new groups due to new demands. A stage group was a new concept and it was great for those who learned how to do it. In fact, each of the different groups learned a lot and mainly we learned how to build comradeship.
At the end of the week everyone felt useful and proud of the completed tasks that we made happen. We’ve been busy all the time doing specific tasks or some last-minute tasks and as a result developed the dynamics in our team.
With the support of the camp, with the input of the musicians we created a space full of energy. We shared amazing cultures, hugs, karaoke songs, food and hope with an infusion of love and humanity. It was a brilliant experience for those of us who lived it and I definitely would do it again.
In conclusion, we returned to our diverse lives knowing that people united have the power to create whatever we want to. So, let’s stay together and build an equal place for each of us!
By Alexis from Portugal
Take 10 January Team
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