intern & volunteer stories
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Meet an asylum seeking intern: SURYANI
"In my country, I mean nothing because I am part of LGBT. In Denmark, I feel valued as a person. I can have dreams and make them come true. I feel understood and supported here. I have made a lot of friends in Trampoline house. I truly feel like it is my house, my home."
Suryani is from Malaysia and has lived in Denmark since 2013. In January, she will finish her job training at Copenhagen Frisør Skole, aiming to become a professional hair dresser. She has been volunteering and doing internships in Trampoline House for 2 years now.
"We can get counseling from lawyers and doctors here. We get to learn about Denmark and the rights of asylum seekers here. I also like that we go together to demonstrations and discussions about asylum politics and policies in Denmark. As a member of the group LGBT Asylum, I believe in equal rights for all human beings and I like that here in Trampoline House I find many like-minded people. So come to our house to meet us and get to know us."
Meet a volunteer: ISAK
"My name is Isak and I'm 32 years. I'm from Greenland and have lived in Denmark for about 5 years. A friend recommended the place, as I needed to meet new people and found it hard to do that here in Denmark. So I visited Trampoline House and joined one of the community dinners, and I fell in love with the place. Then I signed up as a volunteer. I've been using the house six months now. My contract just expired, so now I hang out in the house and do different things.
It's a special place and it's a place where you can talk and meet different people. Here you are a human being, and you can be yourself here. In addition, you can meet many different cultures and learn new languages: For instance, I take Arabic lessons here in Trampoline House on Fridays. By being able to speak and understand a little Arabic, I am able to better understand others in the house. Trampoline House is a breathing space for me."
On 8th of March, women with and without refugee background came together to discuss their rights and possibilities.
Trampoline House’s new legal counselor focuses on making immigration law more understandable for asylum seekers and refugees. She offers free counseling every week.
At Trampoline House’s house meetings, the participants are practicing democratic dialogue. Meanwhile, the government and the Danish People’s Party are restricting refugees’ possibilities for integration.
The new Women’s Class empowers women by sharing stories and discussing feminism and human rights.
Ping Pong is more than just a popular sport. By playing ping pong, you can practice living in accordance with Buddhistic and philosophical values.
The government’s refugee policies don’t make sense on a humane, democratic or economical level. We have to resist!
“Please listen to our voices. We do not want our loved children crying every day because of the horrible living conditions. Our children are asking, why are we living here? Asking, what shall we eat? We, parents have no answers but to cry also ourselves. We don't want our kids to suffer any more.”
Since October 25, children and parents have been boycotting the cafeteria food in deportation center Sjælsmark. They ask for the center to be closed.
Everyone who comes to Trampoline House now have the possibility to get help to find a job. Every Wednesday at 10am–12pm, volunteer job counselors arrange a job workshop that will strengthen the participants in their pursuit of the job market.
David is originally from China and now volunteering in Trampoline House. He has written a poem about hope.
Support from Novo Nordisk Fonden, Lauritzen Fonden og private donationer, has made it possible for Trampoline House to hire a Children’s Club Coordinator. "The Children’s Club is to function as a nice place, where these children can find ease, security, positive relations, predictability and happiness," says Sara Ipsen
“The kids with citizenship got all that is needed, but not children who are growing up in the camps. I'm just sorry they don't have the same rights as Danish citizens. Also, they don't have the same opportunity, freedom, house, food, generally normal life.”
“There is discrimination on both sides. She wasn’t completely comfortable telling us that she was from Dansk Folkeparti. That’s why it’s an important thing for us to go to People’s Meeting and talk with people that are different from us.”
“If someone would ask what I miss the most from home, I would tell them I missed the smell of my mother and my brother. And the voice of the man I loved.”
“Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV.”
“There’s a different atmosphere out here. It’s not about learning Danish or getting help with your legal issues.”
"You can get mental health and body health from ping-pong" Meet David, who’s behind Trampoline House’s weekly ping-pong workshops
"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"
"Together, we can create a new paradigm". Get an overview of Trampoline House's activities and finances in 2017
"It’s not just Inger Støjberg who’s responsible for this. It’s all of us. And that’s why we’re here today."
Hunger strike at the Deportation Center Kærshovedgård: “Close the camp! We are also humans!”
Asylum seeking children and their parents from Trampoline House call for a campaign focusing on the right to a safe childhood for children in the asylum system.
It's the best kept secret in the asylum law that asylum seekers have the right to work in Denmark. Trampoline House is going to ensure that right with the new, job-focused initiative 'Next Practice'.
"There were politicians who came and spoke with local people, something that is the opposite of in my country, and I think Danish people should be proud of their democratic culture"
"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"
"We try hard to teach with a focus on how to get by in Danish society in everyday life"
"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"
In the beginning of April, Trampoilne House’s democracy class was invited by Humanity in Action and Roskilde University to participate in a workshop about the asylum system in Denmark.