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Fighting with The Poor, 24 months / A-certificate

The 24 months “Fighting with The Poor” programme starts every year in November

It goes like this:

  • 6 months international studies for the A-certificate and preparation for the project period;
  • 3 months fund raising, saving, working, preparing;
  • 3 months travel overland to your destination in Africa or India;
  • 6 months work in your Development Instructor Trio at a Humana People to People project in Africa or India;
  • 6 months studies, exams for the A-certificate, journalism and presentations for the public.




Period 1:
World studies.
Duration: 6 months. Base at the school with investigations in the national field and throught Europe 


1. Studying how the world has been divided in rich and poor countries.
2. Why are the rich countries in the North and the poor countries in the South – studying imperialism and colonialism.
3. Deciding on the countries and the projects to travel to in Africa or India.
4. Studying the countries you are travelling to.
5. Making investigations on international relations in official offices located in the North - like UN offices, world bank, IMF, companies investing and exploiting resources in third world countries
6. Understanding the world economy and why third world countries are in debt to international banks.
7. Understanding Globalisation and how it affects the international relations between North and South.
8. Forming TRIOs to work together at the project in Africa or India.
9. Choosing the project to work at in period 5 in Africa or India – be it Child Aid, Farmers Club, TCE, Fundraising, DNS, OWU or starting up something new.
10. Building up the collective foundation by running the school and the team together.
11. Training practical skills to be used in period 4 working at the project as a TRIO.

Studying the curriculum for Fighting with The Poor A-certificate: The Poor – general facts on the whole world: populations hit by being poor, history of poor people, global phenomena hitting poor people.

13. Studying global phenomena hitting especially The Poor like Global Warming with the consequences of floods, droughts and the issue of food production.
14. Running the school together with all aspects such as physical work, cooking, cleaning, maintenance, sports, Garden Farming and healthy food.
15. Training in being adventurers and survivors, living and travelling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your comrades.
Building up stamina, physical strength and courage for being an appropriate fighter with The Poor.
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Period 2:
Getting it ready.
Duration:       3 months. Base one or more places in Europe to find the best places to get work and to do fundraising. Living cheap and working hard.
1. Exploring the national and European field to find the best places to work to earn and save money.
2. Working in all kinds of workplaces: factories, shops, restaurants; cleaning offices, supermarkets and hospitals; or private enterprises such as painting houses – each has at least 2 jobs.
3. Deciding on and practicing common economy in the saving-up period.
4. Doing fundraising in the streets through different means like talking to people, making street theater, selling pamphlets about the projects in Africa and India, showing exhibitions, playing music and singing.
5. Traveling around cheaply by hitchhiking, moving rental cars, agreements with truck drivers, walking and biking.
6. Living cheaply with regard to both housing and food, finding good ways to do it in healthy ways as well.
7. Preparing the travel to the country of destination. Deciding on the travel route. Deciding and preparing the means of travel. Planning how to carry through the travel in a safe manner.
8. Studying the travel countries – their people and their conditions, history, geography, economy, food production, education and current situation.
9. Studying parts of the curriculum for the A-certificate in Fighting with The Poor.
10. Setting up hypotheses for the project period in the Third World for what to go for and what to achieve. Formulating the hypotheses in the TRIOs and presenting them to each other and to the group teacher, maybe sending them to the Project Leader for the intended project in Africa or India.
11. Training physical strength through sports and an active lifestyle.

Building up good comradeship in the TRIO and in the group as such: challenging each other to go for the goals, sticking together to eliminate obstacles, using and discussing conflicts to further the collective living, seeking common ground and having fun while doing it all.

13. Training language skills to use on the travel and in the country of destination and work at the project.
14. Organising and running life on the move together, so the daily doings function for everybody in the group.
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Period 3:
On the road.
Duration: 3 months. Travelling and on the move by all means.


1. Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are going through.
2. Travelling first through rich European countries in the North by means of hitchhiking, agreements with truck drivers for a long haul, moving rental cars from one town to another or other free transportation invented.
3. Investigating in the various countries by talking to people, staying in people’s homes, visiting their workplaces, staying at places for specific investigations...
4. Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing to the public what you have so far experienced and learned.
5. Traveling solo, in TRIO or double TRIO as planned beforehand, meeting in groups sometimes during the travel to keep up the moving spirit.
6. Getting used to being on the move, watching and reflecting on the differences coming from the North going to the South e.g. through Morocco and the Saharan desert or through Turkey and the Middle East to Northern Africa. Finding cheap trains and busses where other transport is not available.
7. Finding a way to travel cheaply from the Middle East to India if that is the country of destination.
8. Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced. Gathering plenty of documentation for the fifth period of Bringing it to  the Public.
9. Studying in books on Kindle about the countries you are travelling through and the country of destination.
10. Setting up camp for a few days and studying part of the curriculum for the A-certificate in Fighting with The Poor: The politics and economy of globalization, demographic issues 2011-2050, wars and The Poor, big issues of our time.
11. Finding a good way to stick together in the TRIOs and the whole group as such during the travel period.

Training to speak up, speak with people in different languages, write and hold speeches of what is seen and experienced.


Deliberating and discussing in the TRIO future perspectives for people in the countries you are travelling through and the country of destination.

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Period 4:
Project work.
Duration: 6 months. Base on project in Africa or India.
1. Arriving at the project in Africa or India, after a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.
2. Ready for taking up the challenges at the project with plans and materials brought from the preparation period.
3. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried through.
4. Planning how to carry out the actions prepared in the preparation period: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, carrying out prevention actions against malaria, teaching about big issues of our time at DNS, teaching English at OWU, starting up income generating activities and much more.
5. Presenting the hypothesis formulated in the preparation period to the project leadership and planning and organizing how to carry the necessary actions through to prove the hypothesis in accordance with the project leadership.
6. Studying and carrying out practical field actions as part of the curriculum for A-certificate in Fighting with The Poor.
7. Researching the area by investigations, interviews and cooperation with local authorities.
8. Developing the project with its productions, its routines and its actions, more members, better implementation.
9. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, working with video production.
10. Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while doing improvements with small means for the betterment of the daily life.
11. Training in mobilising people for community actions.

Working with the hypothesis and showing at a People’s Exam elements from the hypothesis when confirmed or rejected.

13. Working in the TRIO to make all possible improvements at the project.
14. Holding one Open Sunday each month, preparing the topics, the entertainment, the organisation and mobilisation of the people.
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Period 5:
Bringing it to the public.
Duration: 6 months.  Base at the school with performance travels in the national and European field.


1. Returning to the school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for bringing it to the Public Arena.
2. Gathering the documentation and deciding on products to be able to bring true journalism to the Public.
3. Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, audio tapes, power point presentations, picture exhibitions, songs, street theater, speeches for debate forums, books and more.
4. Practicing and training reporting and documentation skills on a new level.
5. Bringing it to the Public: Every 14 days bringing reporting from the studies and actions carried through at the projects, including the big issues from Fighting with The Poor: general education, health issues, alphabetization, food security and production, income generation and more.
6. Studying further the curriculum for A-certificate in Fighting with The Poor, making all tasks into comprehensive and new knowledge reports for the Showroom at the OWU Website, bringing the truth to the public.
7. Studying at a new level globalisation and the international relations between North and South, the rich and the poor.
8. Concluding on the studies and producing new knowledge based on own investigations, experiences and studies.
9. Passing the final exams for A-certificate in Fighting with The Poor.
10. Going on tour in the European field to spread the new knowledge in a thousand ways: speeches in the street, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, theater in the street and other public performances, radio broadcasting, TV reports, exhibitions, films and pictures on Internet and more.
11. Sticking together as a team, deliberations of own future and a possible common future for some.

Concluding on the total 24 month program, using the last time together to throw up future perspectives for The Poor and the big issues of our time.

13. Arranging a big Open Sunday, People’s Exam or other open event with more than 500 guests.
14. Preparing to leave the school for extraordinarily useful jobs.
15. Understanding and taking a stand to the concept of Open Future.   
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