Outdoor Education in a Nordic Context - Summer School 2018

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Program Description

In this course you will experience working in natural and outdoor surroundings. You will work on professional possibilities within the outdoor environment. The course consists of both hands-on activities and theoretical presentations. There are different subjects that will be a part of this course:
Introduction: concepts of nature, facts and figures and workshops describing various angles on outdoor education and outdoor learning and an overview of research
Nature and physical health
Nature and mental health
The outdoors and citizens with dementia and disability in nursing homes
The outdoors and citizens with developmental disabilities in daycare
Nature, art and philosophy
Sustainability, environment and engagement
A place and its possibilities
Project work and presentation

We will also take you through a variety of different activities during this summer school:
Experiences and reflections on being or becoming a mindful and active person in nature.
Discussion of theoretical positions and ideas on outdoor education and outdoor learning
Bonfire and activities around the fire
Live role-play within nature environments and opportunities for learning (e.g. the history of the Vikings)
Land art activities as a part of social activities
Carving activities
Primitive clay pottery
Nature’s pantry: collecting and preparing food from nature
Rehabilitation – yoga and presence as a part of outdoor activities.


Dates: 25 June – 30 July (online from 25 June – 2 July)
Experience life in a camps and develop your skills in an international context through the daily routines and the life in the camp.
In afternoon and evenings, VIA Summer School will arrange a variety of social and cultural events to expand your knowledge of Denmark and the other participants at the VIA Summer School courses.
You can decide for yourself the extent to wish you want to participate in these activities.

What`s Included

Students from VIA, students from VIA’s partners or students from other Danish Educational Institutions can participate free of charge if they can provide documentation of credit transfer approval. Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.
Housing service will be provided by VIA Summer School.


Education, Social Sciences, Social Work

Program Locations

Aarhus, Denmark

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VIA Summer School
  • Denmark: Aarhus
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7000 DKK (app. 950 EUR).
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