US Virgin Islands - The country of contrasts

In the middle of the Caribbean island there are three small islands. St. Thomas, St. Croix and st. John, also known in Denmark as The Danish West Indian Islands or for the rest of the world the Virgin Islands. The islands are a cultural travel destination with unique Danish history. Right from the stormy legends of the colonial era, to tales about slavery and their final rebellion. All these stories are mixed with Caribbean mood, colourful culture and vast tropical beaches. It will be an experience for life.

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The former Danish islands in the middle of Caribbean offer everything we dream of on a gray Danish winter day in January - from rainforest, beautiful sunsets, culinary experiences, chalky white beaches to adventurous azure sea. We will take a tour of the old sugar mills on the beaches and in the mountains, visit museums that tell about the Danish grandeur, colonization and decay. We are exploring the city of Charlotte Amalie and visit schools, where we will meet other young students, who can tell us about their life on the small islands. The sea around the three former Danish islands is nothing short of amazing. There are plenty opportunities for beautiful walks. We can snorkel, sail, SUP boarde and get in touch with a wealth of exciting wildlife.

The US Virgin Islands are often described as paradise on earth, but the fact is that it is also a place full of contrasts. For many of the island's permanent residents, life is far from a paradise. More than a third of the inhabitants of the islands live below the poverty line, and in the streets, you meet people who do not have a place to live.

We will begin the classes with history and social science. How was it really during the Danish colonial era, what significance did it have for the islands - and for Denmark? What role did Denmark play in slave trade? We will break the silence of our own country's part in slave trade and open our eyes to contemporary perspectives. But we also need to explore how life on the islands is today, 100 years after the sale, and how their status as a territory in the United States affects their everyday lives.

Teaching will be a mix of classroom teaching and then the learners will work together on their own projects, we will watch movies and other programmes about the islands and we will be looking forward to an amazing trip together

We will work together with the UNESCO ASP program throughout the process, and we will also get inspiration from what we can do in the teaching and when we are on the islands.

Goals

- Know more about our own culture and history

- Learn about Caribian culture and history

- Exchange with students from the Virgin Islands Montessori school and Peter Gruber International Academy – Learners that partake in this culture subject must be with the students when they come to Denmark to visit us.

- UNs global goals:

  • 1 No Poverty
  • 3 Good health and well-being
  • 4 Quality education
  • 7 Affordable and clean energy
  • 10 Reduced inqualities
  • 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • 14 Life below water
  • 15 Life on land
  • 17 Partnerships for the goals

Activities and cultural destination

  • School visit
  • Exchange
  • Amazing historical tour around Charlotte Amalie,  with Danish Tourguide
  • Shelley Moorehead - leder of “Virgin Islands Reparation Movement“. Chairman of the Caribbean Institute for New Humanity and founder of the "Africa-Caribbean Recovery and Resettlement Alliance" (ACRRA)
  • Food tour - A wonderful trip around the city where we taste classic Caribbean dishes.
  • One day by the water - Water sports center

Economics

Self payment: - Approx. 10500 DKK - 1. rate 7000 - 2. rate 3500

Maks. 25 participants

Link to shop:

http://shop.ranumefterskole.dk/forside/

Safety

We have to spend time by the water and all students must have taken the swim test. - It is the responsibility of the students / parents to passports are valid.

Vaccinations

Hep A, Typhoid and Tetanus / Diphtheria

 

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