Gæsteblogger: Fulham Enterprise Studio

Vesterdal Efterskole fik besøg af en klasse fra Fulham Enterprise Studio i November. To af de engelske elever, Omar og Leandro, deler her deres oplevelser i Danmark og tegner et fængslende protræt af Vesterdal Efterskole, Danish Entrepreneurship Award og læring.

– English version below the danish

 

Omars oplevelser:

Begyndelsen

Turen startede med, at vi tog med en minibus til Gatwick Lufthavn, hvor vi havde lidt tid til frokost og til at kigge i butikkerne. Jeg nød turen og det tog kun to timer! Da vi kom til Danmark tog vi et tog til byen, hvor skolen ligger, og da vi steg af toget ventede PROklassen fra Vesterdal Efterskole på os. Jeg synes, det var en rigtig rar velkomst. Vi tog skolebussen til skolen og fik tildelt vores soveværelser for resten af ugen.

Vores første hele dag gik med at lære de andre elever at kende og øve os på at pitche. Det skulle vi gøre selvstændigt i grupperne, og det var udfordrende sammen at finde ud af, hvad vi skulle sige på de fire minutter, vi havde til rådighed. Om eftermiddagen gik vi en tur langs kysten, hvilket var et af mine yndlingsøjeblikke på hele turen. Det var rart at gå langs havet og langs markerne.

Onsdag var vi alle sammen meget nervøse, for vi skulle øve os i at pitche til dommere. Vores præsentation gik rigtig godt, men vi var ikke forberedt på spørgsmålene. Til sidst gav dommerne (lærerne fra Vesterdal Efterskole) os rigtig god feedback, og vi forbedrede vores pitch. Om eftermiddagen pitchede vi igen, men det var sværere denne gang. Vi besvarede dog spørgsmålene meget bedre. Det var en god mulighed for os at lære de ting, der skal til for at få en god pitch og hvordan vi skal arbejde sammen med de andre medlemmer i gruppen.

Den Store Dag

Den store dag kom, og vi tog til Danish Entrepreneurship Award. Det var ikke som jeg havde regnet med, for der var så mange mennesker. Der var meget musik og en rigtig god stemning. For første gang oplevede jeg, hvordan det er når der tales meget dansk omkring mig, for lærerne og elverne fra Vesterdal Efterskole talte altid engelsk til os. Vores pitch gik godt, og vi var færdige indenfor de fire minutter, vi havde til rådighed. Det var vi rigtig tilfredse med. Efter vi havde pitchet spurgte dommeren os, hvordan vores idé kunne virke. Vi tror, al vores øvelse på Vesterdal Efterskole hjalp os med at gøre det godt, for lærerne havde lært os meget om, hvordan man pitcher godt.

Efter Awarden skulle vi sige farvel til elverne fra Vesterdal Efterskole. Det var vi rigtig kede af, for de havde fået os til at føle os rigtig velkomne. Da vi sagde farvel gik det op for mig, hvor meget jeg egentlig havde lært af ikke at være hjemme og at bo sammen med andre elever. Jeg ville ønske, vi havde haft mere tid! Vi tog til København og boede på et hostel. Det var hyggeligt, for der var et poolbord og det var et afslappet sted at være. Efter at have fundet os til rette gik vi nedenunder for at få aftensmad, og så gik vi en tur langs den gamle havn, hvor vi så de gamle huse og både. Jeg ville gerne have været i København lidt længere for at se byen i dagslys.

Det, jeg bedst kunne lide ved turen, var atmosfæren på Vesterdal Efterskole og eleverne. De var rigtig imødekommende og søde ved mig.

Gruppebillede af eleverne og deres lærer fra Fulham Enterprise Studio – Danish Entrepreneurship Award 2015

 

CREATE

På Fuham Enterprise Studio bruger vi CREATE-rammen for at vise, hvilke evner vi har brugt. På denne tur har jeg brugt de fleste af evnerne i rammen.

Kommunikation:

  • Arbejde sammen med de andre elever, tale med mennesker fra et andet land, der taler et andet sprog.
  • Pitche og huske, hvem mit publikum er.

Følelsesmæssig Intelligens:

  • Følge reglerne på Vesterdal Efterskole. De var meget anderledes end dem på Fulham, og jeg skulle tænke over, hvordan jeg passede ind i den her nye situation.

Gåpåmod:

  • Planlægge pitchen med min gruppe og præsentere den til en dommer på Danish Entrepreneurship Award. Vores idé var noget helt nyt, så vi blev nødt til at vise, hvordan det ville virke.

Anvendelse:

  • Respektere skolens område og fællesskab. Jeg lærte meget om dansk kultur og fik en masse information, da vi havde en dansk besøgende på skolen, som lærte os en masse.

Tænkning:

  • Undersøge emnet, så jeg fik information, der kunne hjælpe mig med min pitch. Vi fokuserede på en ny service for hjemløse, der skulle hjælpe dem med at udvikle iværksætterevner.

Selvom ingen af grupperne fra hverken Fulham Enterprise Studio eller Vesterdal Efterskole kom videre til anden runde vil jeg helt sikkert sige, at jeg udviklede mine entreprenørskabsevner, for jeg fik erfaring med, hvordan det er at pitche til en dommer og få feedback bagefter. Hvis jeg skulle beskrive hele oplevelsen med et ord skulle det være “FANTASTISK!!”

 

Leandros oplevelser:

Danmark

Vesterdal Efterskole i Danmark var fed. Den havde små huse og havde et rigtig fedt sportsrum med træningslokaler og biograf. Lærerne stolede virkelig meget på eleverne, hvilket var vildt. Eleverne kunne træffe deres egne valg og kunne lave deres egne regler. Husene var blandede, så der var mange forskellige mennesker, hvilket betød at omgivelserne altid ændrede sig. Måltiderne var rigtig gode og smagte godt. Der var seks måltider om dagen, og de var alle sammen sunde. Jeg kunne godt lide, at alle har et tidspunkt, hvor de skal være i husene, så der er stille og roligt fra klokken 22. Vi gik en tur rundt kysten på øen, hvilket var pragtfuldt. Det var så sjovt, og jeg så så mange ting, som jeg normalt ikke ser i London. Der var bakker, træer, hav, strande og vi havde det rigtig sjovt.

Hvad lærte jeg

Den CREATE-evne jeg brugte mest gennem min uge i Danmark var Kommunikation. Jeg skulle kommunikere med de danske studerende for at introducere mig selv og arbejde i grupper. Vi skulle lære at pitche og vi skulle arbejde sammen for at være helt sikre på, hvad vi skulle sige. Jeg skulle også ‘relatere til andre’ mens jeg talte med de danske elever. Jeg skulle introducere mig selv og fortælle om Fulham Entreprise Studio – min skole i England.

Da vi arbejdede på vores projekt syntes vi det var svært at arbejde sammen som gruppe. Da vi endelig besluttede os for en idé begyndte vi at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved idéen, hvilket fik os væk fra den igen. Det var svært at holde os til den originale idé. Så stoppede vi, tog en pause, kom tilbage på sporet og fik lavet en fantastisk fireminutters pitch.

Jeg havde en fantastisk oplevelse i Danmark. Jeg havde det så sjovt og vil gerne sige tak til alle, der gav mig mulighed for at tage på den her tur. Jeg vil virkelig gerne afsted igen hvis jeg kan.

 

CREATE-rammen består af de seks elementer: kommunikation, relatere til andre, gåpåmod, anvendelse, tænkning og følelsesmæssig intelligens.

CREATE består af de seks elementer: kommunikation, relatere til andre, gåpåmod, anvendelse, tænkning og følelsesmæssig intelligens

 

Tak til Omar og Leandro for at skrive et blogindlæg om deres oplevelser og et specielt tak til Vesterdal skolen for deres entreprenørskabsengagement – blogredaktøren.

 

 

English version

Vesterdal school was visited by students from Fulham Enterprise Studio in November. Two students agreed to share their experiences in Denmark and draw a compelling picture of Vesterdal school, Danish Entrepreneurship Award and learning.

 

Omars experience

The Beginning

The trip started by travelling in the school minibus to Gatwick Airport, where we had free time to have lunch and look round in the shops. I enjoyed the flight and it only took two hours! Once we got to Denmark we caught a train to the town the school was in. The PRO class from Vesterdal school was waiting for us at the station. I thought that was a really nice welcome. We then caught the school bus to the school and were assigned with our bedrooms for the week.

Our first full day was all about pitch practice and getting to know the other students. We had to do this independently and we did find it challenging as a group to decide what we needed to say in the 4 minute time limit.  In the afternoon we went on a hike to the coast, which was one of my favourite parts of the trip. It was really nice to walk by the sea and in the countryside.

Wednesday was really nerve wracking as we had practice giving our pitch to the judges. Our presentation went really well but we weren’t prepared for the questions. At the end, the judges (teachers from Vesterdal) gave us some really good feedback and we had to go and improve on our pitch. In the afternoon, we gave our pitch again, but it was harder this time. We answered the questions much better though. It was a good opportunity for us to learn the skills needed for a good pitch and how we have to work together with the other members of our Group.

The Big Day

The big day arrived and we went to the Danish Entrepreneurship Award. It was not what I expected as there were so many people there. There was lots of music and a really good atmosphere. I had my first experience of hearing lots of Danish being spoken, as the staff and students at Vesterdal only spoke English with us. Our pitch to the judges went well, we finished in the four minutes that we had, we were really pleased about this. After our pitch the judge asked us lots of questions about how our idea could work. We thought all the practice we had at Vesterdal helped us to answer this. The teachers at Vesterdal taught us a lot about how to do a good pitch.

After the Danish Entrepreneurship Award, we had to say goodbye to the Vesterdal students. It was really sad because they had made us feel really welcome. Saying goodbye made me realise how much I had learnt from the experience of being away from home and living with other students. I wish we could have had more time! We travelled to Copenhagen and stayed at a hostel. It was nice because it had a pool table and was a relaxing place to be. After settling in we went downstairs to have dinner. Afterwards we went for a walk by the old port, we saw the old houses and boats. I wish we could have stayed longer in Copenhagen because I wanted to see it in the daytime.

Overall, the thing I enjoyed the most about the trip was, the atmosphere of the school and the students there. The students they were extremely inviting and nice to me.

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Students from Fulham Enterprise Studio are pitching to the judges at Danish Entrepreneurship Award 2015

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Students from Fulham Enterprise Studio

 

The Creative Framework

At Fulham Enterprise Studio we use the CREATE framework to show what skills we used. During this trip, I used most of the skills on the create framework.

Communication:

  • Interacting with the other students and starting up conversations with people from a different country who speak a different language.
  • Delivering my pitch by thinking about who my audience are.

Emotional intelligence:

  • Following the rules made by the students at Vesterdal. These were really different to our school and I had to think about how to fit in this new situation.

Enterprise:

  • Planning my pitch with my group and presenting it at the Danish Entrepreneurship Award in front of a judge. Our idea was something totally new, so we had to show how it would work.

Applied:

  • Respecting the school environment and community. I learnt a lot about Danish culture and information as we had a Danish visitor in our school who taught us a lot.

Thinking:

  • Researching information to help me with the pitch. We focused on a new service for homeless people to help them develop their enterprise skills.

Although none of the groups from either Fulham Enterprise Studio or Vesterdal went through to the next round, I would definitely say that I improved on my entrepreneurship skills as I was able to get experience on what it is like to pitch in front of a judge and receive feedback afterwards.

Finally if I had to summarise the whole experience in one word it would have to be “AMAZING!!”

 

Leandros experience

Denmark

In Denmark, Vesterdal school was awesome. It had little houses and it had a really nice sports room with a gym and a cinema. The trust the teachers had in the students was amazing. The students were free to make their own choices as well as creating their own rules. The houses were mixed so they had different people which meant that the environment was always changing. The meals they had were really nice and tasty. They had 6 meals a day and all meals were healthy. I liked the fact that everyone had a curfew to be in their houses by 10pm, as it will make the night peaceful and quiet. The hike we did on the coast of the island was wonderful. I had so much fun and I saw so many things that I normaly would not see in London. There were hills, trees, the sea, beaches and we had a lot of fun.

What did I learn

The most common CREATE skill I used during the week in Denmark was communication. I had to communicate with the Danish students to introduce myself and to work as a team. We had to learn how to pitch and we had to work as a team to perfect what we had to say. I also had to ‘relate to others’ while talking to the Danish students. I had to introduce myself and explain a little about Fulham Enterprise Studio, my school in England.

When working on our enterprise project, we found it hard to decide on an idea as a group. When we finally chose on one, we started questioning it, which led us off the idea. We were finding it difficult to stay focused on the original idea. We then stopped, calmed down and went back to produce an amazing 4-minute-long pitch.

At the end of the week, I had an amazing experience in Denmark. I had loads of fun and I would like to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to go on this trip. I would really like to go again if there is a possibility.

 

 

Thanks to Omar and Leandro for sharing their story on YOUNGTREPRENEUR and a special thanks to Vesterdal School for their entrepreneurship commitment – the blog editor.