Vision & Mission
Trampoline House is a community center for asylum seekers, refugees and other citizens in Denmark.
Our vision is an asylum system where everyone can work, live and participate in society.
We work holistically to ensure this through:
Job training and education, because it makes it easier to integrate in the job market if the asylum phase is spent building skills, taking an education, and establishing professional networks.
Democratic practice, because active citizenship entails understanding the social contract, your rights and duties, and last but not least the Danish democratic tradition and system.
System awareness and counseling, because this makes it easier, as an asylum seeker, to understand the asylum system and advocate for one's own interests.
Social network, because integration is easier when life is easier.
Strategic partnerships, because Trampoline House's methods are best disseminated in society at large through collaborations with companies, unions, non-governmental organizations, foundations, the press, municipalities, and the state.
Trampoline House brings together asylum seekers and Danish citizens, refugees and other residents of Denmark, united by a desire to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. We are a self-governing institution with a board of directors, a paid staff, and a large group of interns and volunteers. Financial support comes from public and private funding, support events and donations.
Every year, Trampoline House's community includes:
- 200 Asylum seeking interns/job trainees
- 180 Volunteers
- 40 Student interns
- 2 Job trainees
- and about 1,000 visitors and guests
Why Trampoline House?
Trampoline House was formed in 2010 by a group of artists, asylum seekers, students, and professionals in reaction to the way in which the Danish state treats asylum seekers and refugees. People who seek asylum in Denmark, or have been denied asylum, are accommodated in asylum centers for months and years while they wait for the authorities to settle their asylum case or deportation. Inside the centers, there is very little to do, and the small allowance that people are given does not allow for many trips outside the centers, which are located far away from the big cities. Asylum seekers have very limited access to education and have to obtain special permission from the Danish Immigration Service if they want to work or live outside the centers. Research shows that many grow ill from the waiting, the uncertainty, the inactivity, and from the inability to control their own life situation.
You can help ensuring that asylum seekers can get a break from the worries and passivity in the asylum centers by becoming a monthly donor.
What we do
Like in any other home, everybody contributes to the daily life of Trampoline House. Together, we organize a weekly schedule full of activities that include legal and medical counseling, language classes, cooking, cleaning, child care, creative workshops, debates, public campaigns, and art exhibitions. In our weekly Tuesday house meetings, old and new members of the house join discussions on global refugee politics and the daily organization of the house. And every Saturday, the Women’s Club organizes special activities for women asylum seekers and their children. Several days a week, we share a hot meal, meet for a cup of tea or coffee, and on Fridays we party and dance to our favorite music. Like a real trampoline, the house is a space for refugees and asylum seekers to recharge and gather the energy and support needed to jump-start a better life, and for the Danish public to get motivated to reform the current refugee and asylum system. You can join us by signing up as a volunteer.
Trampoline House is part of the United Nations TOGETHER campaign to change negative narratives on migration and to strengthen the social cohesion between host communities and refugees and migrants.
"The kitchen before was very small and wasn’t prepared for this amount of people, but now it is good, and we are working more professionally."
"Some of the kids have had a traumatizing past, but they feel very safe here"
"Trampoline House is a beginning of life and work"
"It’s a pleasure to be involved in a dynamic environment where everyone is part of a big family"
"I unfortunately have had to realize that the politicians in this country don't want to finance a decent treatment of asylum seekers and refugees"
"It’s very important to me that I use fresh ingredients in my food"
"In my heart, I'm interested in helping people"
"When I come here I feel happier and more energised than if I stay in the camp"
“I come to meet up with my friends and if one of them wants a haircut, they ask me and I just do it"
Razieh is 37 years old and comes from Afghanistan. She has lived in asylum center in Denmark for 5 months, and is currently doing an internship in Trampoline House. She is taking Danish and English classes, cooking for the house on Fridays, and joins Women’s Club every Saturday.