Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
01.05.2017 – 31.10.2017 (6 months)
The Medieval Centre is situated near the town of Nykøbing Falster, app. 5 km. from town centre, in a partly rural/forrested area. The town of Nykøbing has some 35.000 inhabitants, Infrastructure consists of roads, busses and train. The travelling distance to Copenhagen is app. 135 km.
The area around Nykøbing is a popular holiday area in summer. Nearby is found a large area of holiday cottages and camping areas.
The Medieval Centre is dedicated to the research in and educational presentation of 14th century urban culture in Denmark. Physically, the centre consists of a reconstructed medieval town, in which the educational work takes place as re-enactment – by staff dressed in reconstructed clothing and houses, acting as medieval people.
The work is widely dependant on voluntary work, but has a number of regular employees. Educational work takes place from May to September every year, but research is performed the entire year round.
Events at the center include knight tournaments, knight shows, trebuchets, canon and bombards, markets, midsummers eve, autumn Vacation activities as well as private events.
Tasks and activities
The Centre expects the volunteers to take an active part in the daily educational work, dressed in reconstructed clothing and acting as citizens of the medieval town. Informal training will be provided as needed, and the volunteers may among other things be required to take part in tournaments, demonstrations of siege engines, and similar activities – depending on the personality and abilities of each individual. The work at the centre will provide the volunteer with an indepth knowledge of medieval life in Denmark and at the same time it will give the EVS volunteer the possibility of developing a wide range of abilities and experience within the various areas of activities of the Middelaldercenter. It’s important that the volunteer understand that the work at Middelaldercentret is only practical. We have no tasks in the administration or any academic work to offer the volunteer. In between the activities we expect that the volunteer work with some of the handcraft we show the guests. The volunteer can choose between dying, rope making, sewing or work with the goldsmith. The volunteer have the possibility to help prepare the horses for the tournament. If the volunteer have the skills, and our chief-knight approves them, it can occasionally be possible to ride the horses after work. A typical working day will be from 9.30 am to 16.00 pm and the volunteer will also do occasional work at weekends. However, the working week will not exceed 35 hours per week.
The volunteer must be openminded, curious and interested in learning more about nature and history. The volunteer must like to spend time outdoors, as many of our activities are outdoor activities. The vounteer must be able to speak English and/or German at a conversational level and willing to learn Danish (Scandinavian).
How to apply
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters. Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
Please send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 30.08.2016 with subject “EVS_Falster.YOUR NAME.YOUR SURNAME”