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    Guidelines for your stay

    Avnø folk high school is an integral part of Oasis Ecovillage, which contains three equally important dimensions: The Danish højskole (peoples college) tradition, community and eco-preneurship. This combination provides a unique opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge of sustainability, health, entrepreneurship and community with practical application. ☺

    Room and board; Avnø Højskole has three categories of rooms, single, double and triple, all with en suite bathrooms.

    All prices include three meals a day (Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch are sometimes combined for brunch). You can read more about the food here.

    Admission: Everyone who is 17.5 years old and can pay for the tuition is welcome to apply for admission. Each application is processed individually and answered as soon as possible.

    Cancellation: If you cancel your application more than 4 weeks before the course starts, the school reserves the right to keep the administration fee of DKK 1,500. If you cancel your stay after the course starts, you pay for the rest of the course or the current week plus the next 3 weeks depending on what is cheapest for you. If you cancel your application less than 4 weeks before the course starts, the same rules apply as for interrupting the course.

    Payment: You can pay for the entire course at once or divide it into installments.

    Participation in lessons and other activities: Participation in lessons and other activities at the school is mandatory. Of course, you are allowed to be absent from lessons and other activities if you have a valid reason and announce absence in advance. The key is communication.

    Guests: You are welcome to receive guests, provided they do not interfere with your active participation in the course. Guests must pay for room and board and the school must be informed in good time. You are responsible for the behavior of your guests during their stay at the school.

    Code of Conduct: Our basic attitude to life is reflected in this sentence:

    We compassionately connect with ourselves, each other and the environment and contribute to a thriving planet.

    We expect you to

    • behave considerately and seek to meet your needs in a way that doesn’t hurt others
    • actively participates in the community
    • use your mentor if something is not working for you, rather than creating drama around you
    • respect your own and others’ private space and personal comfort zone.
    • actively contribute to co-creating a drug-, alcohol- and stimulance-free environment, where we try to listen to our own and each others’ underlying needs. This policy implies that daily stimulants such as sugar and coffee are only exceptionally served at the school. Of course, we do not interfere in what you do in your private life. We are aware that this immediately may be perceived as a limitation. For us, it is a genuine desire to be in touch with ourselves and each other on a deeper level and to give guests and students the experience of having a real choice. If addictive substances are constantly being served and one does not know a life without, there is no real choice. Of course, this can be challenging. Talk to us if it feels difficult. We are happy to help find pragmatic solutions.
    • care for our living spaces, buildings and the nature around us.
    • sort waste. (Recycling bins are available in the hallway and in the kitchen.)
    • make sure to be inside the building before 10 pm, when the exterior doors are locked.
    • allow yourself and others to turn inward and sit at one of the quiet tables in the dining room during meals when needed. It can be intense to always be social.
    • only stay in the kitchen area when you are part of the kitchen team or invited to help.
    • wash hands before we sit down at the table and enjoy our food.
    • use the kitchenettes on the other floors for tea and snacks only – not for cooking.
    • contribute to the composting of organic waste
    • only smoke in agreed places and never inside the house, if you are a smoker.
    • refrain from consuming, buying or selling any kind of drugs. It is forbidden. The same goes for the use of physical or verbal violence against someone in school. Violation of this could result in expulsion.
    • wear clean / indoor shoes inside the buildings.
    • help to save as much as possible on electricity, heat, water etc. Examples: Switch off the radiator, when you open the window. Fill the washing machine. Avoid running the faucet. Use a tub or bowl for washing vegetables, dishes etc. Feel free to invent more ways. Make it a sport to save for the sake of nature!
    • do not drink tap water in your room as the pipes may not have been used for a while.
    • do not throw anything in the toilets other than toilet paper and please don’t use more than necessary, as our sewer system is old.

    For you who come from another country

    Here are some important rules and regulations from the Danish authorities that you must be aware of and comply with, when applying for residence:

    • Your place is reserved once full tuition is paid.
    • As Avnø højskole is not state subsidized, please be aware that applying for permission at our school cannot be used to get a visa for entrance into Denmark. You will have to travel on a tourist visa.
    • You are responsible for submitting your application for a visa or residence permit to the nearest Danish embassy. As visa processing can take more than 2 months, thus you are advised to apply well in advance.
    • If you apply too late to be able to participate when the course starts, the school reserves the right to cancel your participation or move it to the next possible start time. In case your stay is cancelled, the tuition fee will be returned to you less DKK 1500 in administration costs.
    • If you cancel your stay, you must provide documentation that you have not used the school to apply for a visa or residence permit.
    • After satisfactory documentation, the tuition fee is returned on the same terms as for Danish students. In the event of cancellation of your stay, the school is obliged to notify the Danish immigration authorities.
    • As courses are taught in English at a high level, it is necessary that you have functional English skills to benefit from the course.
    • You are responsible for your travel insurance. Approximately 4 weeks after arrival, however, students with a residence permit receive the Danish health insurance card, which covers basic health insurance during the stay.
    • Being in Denmark means that we must comply with national laws, rules and regulations. Any transgression will result in a strong warning and possible expulsion.

    For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

    We look forward to welcoming you to a course on Avnø Højskole ☺

     

    Privacy policy

    This privacy policy describes the type of personal information Avnø højskole (“we”, or “us”) collects when you visit our website, enter into an agreement with us or otherwise show interest in our services. Your integrity is important to us and we want you to always feel safe, when leaving your personal information to us.

    1. DATA RESPONSIBLE

    The legal entity responsible for the processing of your personal data is:
    Vitalitetsfonden
    Flyvervej 10
    4750 Lundby
    Phone: + 45 28604859
    Email: kristiane@avnohojskole.dk
    Organization number: 41704675

    2. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

    We use your personal information for the following purposes:

    a) Provision of services: Personal information is used to be able to provide the desired services from Avnø Højskole and to be able to service you and communicate with you in the best way and provide information about the services.

    b) Marketing: Personal information is used for marketing purposes.

    c) Statistics and analyzes: Personal data is used to compile statistics and analyzes on, among other things, the use of our services, the use of our digital platforms, customer satisfaction and traffic data, so that we can develop and improve our services.

    3. CATEGORIES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Among other things, we may collect and process the following information about you for the following purposes:

    a) Provision of our services

    Personal information: name, address, email address, telephone number, fax number, bank information, invoice number, photo / picture / video, signature, information you provide in connection with registration for activities with us.

    b) Marketing

    Personal information: name, address, email address, courses you have previously attended with us.

    c) Statistics and analyzes: Traffic data from email program and website.

    4. SOURCES

    In addition to personal information we have from you personally, we receive statistics and analyzes of traffic data from our email program and website.

    5. LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING PERSONAL DATA

    Our processing of your personal data for the above purposes is based on the following legal basis:

    a) Provision of services

    The processing of your personal data is necessary to fulfil a contract with you or to take action at your request before concluding the contract.

    b) Marketing

    The processing of your personal data for the purpose of adapting our marketing communications to you is based on your consent and the legitimate interest is the targeting and distribution of marketing communications.

    6. DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

    We may pass on your personal information to the following categories of recipients:

    a) Public authorities such as police, immigration authorities, the municipality and the tax authorities if they have a legal reason to have access to the personal data.

    7. STORAGE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

    We will store and retain your personal information consisting of:
    i. General information about you: Deleted when you terminate your relationship with us.
    ii. Information you provide in connection with activities is deleted when the activity is over.
    iii. Transaction information and verifications: for up to 7 years after the completion of the transaction in accordance with applicable law.
    iv. Information in connection with the processing of an ongoing case, e.g. a claim or an incident: for up to 3 years after the conclusion of the case in accordance with applicable rules.

    8. YOUR RIGHTS

    You always have the right to:

    • request the correction of your personal data,
    • request access to your personal information,
    • object to the processing of your personal data for direct marketing and
    • revoke your consent if our processing of your personal data is based on your consent. Your revocation will not affect the legality of the processing carried out prior to your revocation of your consent.

    In certain circumstances, which are described in more detail in the applicable data protection legislation, you are also entitled to:

    • object to the processing of personal data and obtain restrictions on the processing of your personal data,
    • demand that we delete your personal information,
    • receive the personal information about you that you have provided in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format (data portability).

    You can exercise your rights by contacting us.

    9. QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS

    If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our processing of your personal data, please feel free to write or call us.
    Should you be dissatisfied with our processing of your personal data, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your views. Your integrity is very important to us, and we will always strive to process your personal information in the best and most secure way. However, if you believe that we do not meet our ambitions, you always have the opportunity to submit a complaint about our processing of your personal data to the Danish Data Protection Agency in Denmark.

    Last updated: April 25, 2021