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Kalø Organic Agricultural College

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College you can be a part of creating a sustainable future for farming. Here you can become a skilled farmer and gain the competences to manage an organic farming enterprise. At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, you will be prepared for a career within food production both in Denmark and abroad.

Kalø Organic Agricultural College

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College you can be a part of creating a sustainable future for farming. Here you can become a skilled farmer and gain the competences to manage an organic farming enterprise. At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, you will be prepared for a career within food production both in Denmark and abroad.

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Internship abroad

Martine and Emmanuel spent their internship in beautiful Lofoten, Norway as part of their education at Kalø Organic Agricultural College.

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Do you have any questions about the education and your opportunities? Our student counsellor is always ready to answer your questions and help you both before and during your education.

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Good to know

Welcome to Kalø

The Only Organic Agricultural College in Denmark
Kalø Organic Agricultural College has about eighty to a hundred students and twenty employees; all of them passionate about organic farming. That makes us the largest organic agricultural school in Denmark.

As the only agricultural school in Denmark we have international classes and lessons in English. 

Kalø Organic Agriculture College is located in a rural setting on the edge of a forest and close to the sea, three kilometres from Rønde, a mid-size city with all the necessary facilities, and thirty kilometres from Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark.

The school emphasizes practical skills, and the school farm is an important part of the education and everyday life. The practical learning facilities include around fifty hectares of organically cultivated farmland for crops and vegetables, greenhouses, machinery equipment, facilities for raising our pigs, sheep, dairy cows and steers.

We offer full boarding for all students here at the school. Boarding includes three meals per day and complimentary morning and afternoon coffee and bread. We have an excellent kitchen that provides our students with organic food in addition to vegetarian and vegan options.

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College we offer you an organic and sustainable education based on the world we are facing right now and will be facing in the future.

In a time of climate change, focus on global food production, environmental considerations and a political agenda, it is important to have an education that takes care of just this.

You can get it here on Kalø - we are Denmark's only organic agricultural school and we take the responsibility seriously. You can feel it in the form of dedicated and competent teachers, a school farm in a class of its own and a nice and innovative school environment.

History

The foundation of the agricultural school
Djursland Højskole / Kalø Landboskole in Lyngby on Djursland was established in 1897, where the first few students arrived at the school at a time of great progress for the Danish folk high schools and agricultural schools.

The school was situated in Lyngby at that time, 10 km. northeast of its current location. The school would eventually develop into Kalø Landboskole & Sproghøjskolen on Kalø, then later to Kalø Landboskole/Kalø Agricultural School before reaching its final name Kalø Organic Agricultural College.

In this perspective, Kalø Organic Agricultural College has roots in the old, fine Danish traditions of public enlightenment and political liberation.

The organic agricultural school in Store Vildmose in Vendsyssel
On 15 September 1982, the first class of hopeful students started at the organic agricultural school Den Økologiske Jordbrugsskole, which at the time was located in Store Vildmose in Vendsyssel.

In the months prior, a group of organic pioneers had succeeded in establishing the organic agricultural school. They had strong, distinctive attitudes and a desire to develop an alternative to contemporary agriculture and cultivation in Denmark, with both greater respect for and in a much closer interaction with nature.

Kalø Organic Agricultural College on Kalø on Djursland
On 1 March 2003, Kalø Agricultural School merged with the Den Økologiske Jordbrugsskole, and Kalø Organic Agricultural College became a reality - a brand new school with new untested possibilities and great expectations.

In 2014, Kalø Organic Agricultural College merged with Viden Djurs, which is the most important educational player on Djursland. This has provided even more opportunities for the college, and Kalø Organic Agricultural College is today the only school in Europe offering an organic agricultural education in English.

Organic farming

For us, ’organic’ isn’t simply a form of production or a set of regulations, but rather a fundamental mindset and perspective of life, that sets the foundation of all the school’s activities. This means that we care about nature, climate, energy use, soil fertility, responsible food production, quality products, recirculation of nutrients and not the least animal welfare.

All of this is part of a holistic way of thinking. This means we don’t view these aspects as individual points, but rather as parts of a whole, where everything has to be developed and contribute to a more green and sustainable future.

More specifically, this means that:

  • All of our farming related teaching is based on the organic principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care (read more about the organic principles (ifoam.bio/why-organic/shaping-agriculture/four-principles-organic)
  • We run our school farm organically and with a big focus on crop rotation, a broad variation of crops, biodiversity, old livestock breeds, etc.
  • Our kitchen has the Gold standard in the Organic Cuisine Label (read more: https://www.oekologisk-spisemaerke.dk/horeca-en)
  • We are an active participant in the general debate in society about organic agriculture and sustainability and we engage politically, partly through the effort of creating an organic specialization in the Danish farm education.
  • We strive towards a high degree of self-sufficiency, both in regards to feed and nutrients in our farm, but also the food we cook, sell and eat in our cantina.

Community

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College we see community as the strongest force for human growth. We believe that human relations are central for general well-being, both personally and collectively. We strive to create an environment at Kalø, where everybody feels at home, and no-one is left out. At the same time, we want an environment that promotes personal and professional development, and where we can lift each other up.

We do this by making the school an open place with good opportunities for forming strong relations – partly through communal living at our student housing, shared afternoon and evening events, our student driven café, and other social activities. Furthermore, we see group work and shared school projects as an important part of the education. Through this you learn to build and strengthen good values such as cooperation, responsibility, and trust.

The community at Kalø does not only include those who are at the school at a given moment. Once you have been a part of Kalø you are part of the Kalø-family. Then you are always more than welcome to visit us or contact us any other way. Likewise, we at Kalø strive to stay connected with students, who are out in the world.

Student Housing

Cosy Rooms
Most students choose to live at the school during their studies. It is a cheap way to live, and a way in which student can get the most out of the study and the social activities that are available on site.

We have cosy rooms in different sizes and all rooms are fully furnished with shared sanitary facilities down the hall. The halls have small tea kitchens and seating areas. It is possible to rent bedclothes, a duvet and a pillow.

We offer full boarding for all students here at the college during your studies. This means you will be able to stay at the college during your basic course, the first and second main course. During your internships, you will have to find your own accommodation. Farms often offer accommodation or help you to find something suitable locally.

During your stay at the college, you might be required to share a room with someone depending on vacancy. The halls are not gender separated. This means that male and female students share a hall and sanitary facilities.

Except during epidemics, it is possible as a student to host guests (family or friends). If your guest stays overnight it is free of charge in your own room, but it is possible to rent a room. Your guest may participate in meals but all charges for food and accommodation must be paid at the office before arrival. Read more on our page “General and practical info”.

Payment for rent of your room takes place after moving in.

Economy
The price for food and accommodation during basic course is DKK 587 Mon-Fri. If our room capacity allows it, you can apply for a single room, and then the price will be DKK 250 extra pr. week - that is DKK 837 in total.

You must be aware that if you choose a single room, you commit to this throughout the school period.

If you do not live at the school, the price for food is DKK 250 Mon-Fri. Payment for food is paid on the 1st of each month.

Contact
You are always welcome to call us if you are in doubt about something. Annette Esbjerg Jensen, Phone: +45 20 37 30 05

Take a Virtual Tour here

Campus facilities

Kalø Organic Agricultural College is located in a scenic nature-area and has a campus with a long history rich in tradition as well as a good partnership with Kalø Højskole. The facilities are at your disposal through your entire education.

On the school itself there is, apart from our school farm; a dining hall, common living areas, a fitness room, “Folden”, with pool, table tennis, foosball, and board games, “Hegnet”, which is both open during weekdays as a study room and a cozy hang-out place, but also sometimes in the evenings and weekends, where a committee throws parties, concerts, quiz nights, etc. In addition to that, farming students have access to the Folk High School’s park, bonfire place, shelter, football field, beach volley court, gym hall, and fitness room. Many activities are driven by student, so there are plenty opportunities for influencing how the school’s facilities are being used.

Furthermore, the surroundings offer at great variety of experiences. The school is surrounded my Ringelmose Forest and Hestehave Forest, where there are very good routes for hikes, runs, or bike trips. The school is also adjacent to the sea, where there is a nice beach for swimming, Nappedam Marina, and Nappedam Winter Bathing Club, which is open between October and April and open for memberships from Kalø students. In walking distance from the school, you canr each Kalø Castle Ruin, a typical destination for students during their first week at Kalø. Every year there are several vintage car’s meetings here as well.

Finally, Kalø Oganic Agricultural College is located in Mols Bjerge National Park, which includes amazing places such as Trehøje, Karpenhøj, the Mols Laboratory, and many more.

Explore the facilities in our Virtual Tour

Food

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, we are very proud of our kitchen. We have a dedicated kitchen staff who make a healthy and varied diet from organic ingredients, where a large part is produced at the school. The kitchen offers both vegetarian and vegan dishes.

At our school farm we produce both vegetables on our fields, milk, cheese and honey as well as poultry, lamb, pork and beef, and as a student you will take part in our production as a part of the teaching.

We know our ingredients

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, organic food is self-evident and our kitchen continually strives to increase the percentage of organic ingredients used to prepare meals for our students.

Our excellent kitchen staff are dedicated to preparing fresh, seasonal and organic meals for our students and staff. Both traditional Danish food is served as well as dishes inspired by other countries' traditions and of course according to the staff’s own creativity.

The kitchen has great knowledge of vegetarian and vegan food and nutrition. For special needs, e.g. allergies, certain diets, etc., contact the kitchen.

Boarding includes three meals as well as coffee/tea and bread in the afternoon.

If you do not live at the school, the price for a daily meal is 250 DKK/week. Read more about the pricing under the menu item School home if you will be living in the school home.

If you invite guests for dinner, contact the headmaster and the kitchen at least two days in advance for prices etc.

Kalø Organic Agricultural College has been rewarded with:

Student Council

At Kalø Organic Agricultural School there are two permanent school councils.

  • a student council, which handles and manages the funds for events and activities
  • a café committee, responsible for the weekly café and the monthly parties in "The Fence”

Students are welcome to join the Student Council and help share fellow students' ideas, interests and concerns with teachers. It is a leisure activity and provides a great opportunity to be part of the school's development.

 

Education Committee

The Local Education Committee must advise the school on issues relating to the programs covered by the committee and to promote cooperation between the local business community and the school. In addition, the local education committee advises the school on new training needs at local and regional level and on the need for renewal and revision of existing continuing education.

The overall framework for the content of the teaching and the completion of the basic course examination is approved by the local educational committee. The local education committee is:

The local education committee at  Kalø Organic Agricultural College

Malene Aaris, chairman, malene.aaris@icloud.com

appointed by Viden Djurs

Thomas Helle, allerup22@gmail.com

appointed by Landbrug & Fødevarer

Heidi Karnøe, heidi.karnoe@3F.dk

appointed by 3F

Nikolaj Houkjær, niho@kalo.dk

appointed employee

Rasmus Vestergaard Madsen

appointed by Økologisk Landsforening

Quality

Go to VID Online Select the item "Log ind som gæst" (LOGIN AS A GUEST).

Scroll down for material in english.

Local curriculum

All vocational schools draw up local curricula for both basic and main courses.

Local curricula and descriptions for vocational educations under Viden Djurs can be accessed on VIDOnline (the school’s virtual learning platform).

Go to VID Online. Select the item "Log ind som gæst" (LOGIN AS A GUEST).

Here you can read about the teaching practice on your education. The local teaching plans have been prepared by the school’s teachers in collaboration with, among others, the local education committee.

The school farm

Kalø Organic Agricultural College has its own school farm called Brogården. The school's agriculture runs approx. 65 hectares of agricultural land, in addition to Brogården's stable system where we have pigs, milking herds, sheep and poultry.

The aim of Brogården is first and foremost to function as a demonstration farm for the school's students. In addition, agriculture supplies food for the school's own kitchen and a large part of what is eaten in our canteen is our own production. In addition, vegetables and meat are produced for the school's farm shop.

Purpose of Brogården:

  • Be an asset in the teaching context.
  • Demonstration of experience, knowledge, learning and research.
  • Market and brand the school in the local area.
  • Self-sufficiency.
  • Connects the connection between livestock and plant breeding as well as theory and practice.
  • Production platform and product development for the retail market.

Within livestock farming, we concentrate on:

  • Old Danish livestock breeds
  • Diversity
  • Unique stable conditions
  • Animal welfare

In plant breeding, we concentrate on:

  • Large vegetable production
  • Many and versatile varieties
  • Experiment with different cultivation methods
  • Student projects that are integrated into the teaching

Our machine park

We have a large fleet of machines so that our students are able to, and gain familiarity with, operating a wide portfolio of machines and tools.

We collaborate with the surrounding farms to achieve as much versatility in our production as possible, both within animal husbandry and plant breeding.

Take a look around on our Virtual Tour

Digital platforms

You will need to bring a computer/laptop; this is a prerequisite for your education.

E-learning and written assignments are an essential part of our teaching and you will be working with your computer on a daily basis. 

Relevant links:

Studie+
On Studie+ you can see your schedule and send and receive messages from your teachers. It is also here you must report a cause of absence, i.e. disease, if you cannot participate in class. You can download an app for your phone, where some of the features are available. It is recommended to activate notifications, so you don’t miss out on important information.

VID Online
VID Online is an education platform, where you can find all the material related to your classes. It is here you can see you lesson plan for each subject – including homework.
You can also see the education plan, where the learning goals of each subject is described, as well as which parts of the agricultural education's executive order that is covered in the various subject.

Office 365
During the education you will be using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. You are given the Microsoft Office-package for free, when you arrive at the school. You can download the package through the link above.

Studiz
On Studiz you can acces you student card online. It is also available as an app.

Differences between Basic Course 2 - 10 or 20 weeks

Hear our student counsellor Annette tell about the different courses at Kalø Organic Agricultural College.

About internships

Internships are an essential part of the education to acquire practical farming skills, to deepen your agricultural knowledge and put theory into perspective. Your time working on a farm will be an important experience in the process of becoming an organic farmer.

In collaboration with Kalø Organic Agricultural College, the internship company will play an important role for the individual student in education.

The internship company completes the internship so that it, together with the school teaching, leads to the student being able to achieve the goals of the education.

The company collaborates with the school to determine the student's personal education plan according to the rules. The internship company plans the internship in the company, taking into account the company's type and production.

Get started early
Finding the right internship may take some time. Farmers are busy and not always easy to get in contact with. We recommend to start looking for an internship when you start your basic course.

How do I find an internship?
The students are responsible for finding an internship but the study advisor will assist you in this process. We have many contacts but it is an important part of your learning process to find the right farm for you. Keep in mind that the farm you choose does not have to be organic to be approved.

Here you will find an overview of approved internships in Denmark:

Salary in Denmark and abroad

If you get a Danish apprenticeship, the farmer will pay you a Union-based salary during your apprenticeship and during your school course. While you are attending school, the farmer will be reimbursed for approximately 95% of your salary by AUB as well as the expenses for your food and housing and you daily travel expenses to and from school in the weekends.

The salary in Denmark is following the agreement between GLS-A and 3F . The farmer must comply with the agreement to be approved to take on students. If you are over 25 when you make the agreement, it is possible to receive adult student salary. It is of utmost importance that you check whether you are entitled to subsidies for adult salary at the job center in the municipality, where you have you address.

Regarding salary when you have your apprenticeship abroad, there are no union-based salary agreement abroad. However, it still must be a paid apprenticeship, you cannot work as a volunteer. The salary must be at least 470 euro per month, which is the equivalent of receiving food and housing. The salary abroad is negotiated between the student and the farmer.

Internship requirements

Although many smaller or alternative farms may catch your interest, there are certain requirements. Keep in mind that you are training to become a farmer who after his education should be able to professionally run an organic food production and have an understanding of how to produce, market and sell your products whether it is small-, mid- or large scale production. It is crucial that you obtain practical experience on a farm that makes their living of their production.

Internships needs to be approved
Your internship has the purpose for you to obtain practical skills and knowledge. Nevertheless, there are requirements to your education during an internship.

You may find a smaller farm that meets the requirement that the owner lives of his food production and working there sounds intriguing.

But will you have the opportunity to work with various machines of smaller and larger scale, learn about up-to-date plant production or be able to take care of livestock in a modern context?

Therefore, your internship needs to be approved by our business  in terms of educational and production requirements.

In Denmark
Lærepladsen.dk is an updated list of approved internships in Denmark.

Jobstafet.dk – Agriculture’s largest job portal

Abroad
Read more about subsidies for internships abroad HERE.

For companies

Become approved as internship

Education agreement

AUB (The Employer's Reimbursement Fund)

  • Here you can read about AUB, which pays subsidies to public and private employers who have paid salaries to students during school stays and education.
  • www.virk.dk

Contact us

Contact our Business Consultant if you have any questions regarding internships

  • KLAUS ANKJÆR
    Telephone: +45 20 19 50 62
    E-mail: kas@videndjurs.dk

We are ready to support you

Meet Klaus and Annette, who are ready to support you in your search for an apprenticeship. 

 

A good stay depends on a good community

A good stay with us depends on everybody contributing to the community.

A community is good when everyone seeks to live in accordance to the values and the standards we set. No one likes to be controlled and be disciplined all the time; it just creates a culture driven by distrust and strong regulations.

Confidence and self-control is something that make everyone grow. Therefore, it is imperative that everybody who has their everyday life at Kalø work together and contribute to the community and take responsibility not just to his own well-being, but also others’ well-being.

As a school we try not to spend great energy and efforts to enforce rules and identify inappropriate behaviour. Therefore, we only have few rules, and therefore expect that everybody who are here support our standards.

These rules are based on our values, our experience and good common practice on Danish Agricultural Schools. You ought to focus on working with yourself for training purposes and being able to handle a job on a farm.

Below you can read about our norms and rules at Kalø.

Attendance

Students must attend all classes and corridor meetings incl. cleaning and participate in the washing-up in the kitchen and other obligatory events that may be outside of normal teaching.

Work load

All school courses at Kalø are full-time studies. This means that you should expect a workload of 37 hours a week. They are divided between teacher-led teaching, study café and homework.

Sickness / Illness

In case of illness and absence, you must notify it on Studie+ before 8.00 in the morning.

Illness and absence are registered by going to the schedule in Uddata+ and clicking on the 3 dots at the relevant scheduled lessons and selecting the cause. The registration must be made in the browser version of Studie+ on a computer, as it is not yet fully implemented in the app version.

If you are too ill to notify it on Studie+ yourself, ask a room- or classmate or a teacher to help, and if necessary, to call a doctor. If you are sick for more than 1 day you should travel home to your family or your nearest relatives.

In sickness or if you are late, you are obligated to notify it on Studie+, and you are also obliged to contact your employer if you have a Danish education agreement.

REMEMBER that you ought to notify your sickness on Studie+ every day – also for longer periods of illness.

In case of sickness, you do not have access to the dining hall. You are welcome to ask a room- or classmate to bring you a dish.

Absence

Unlawful absence

In absence without a legitimate notice on Studie+ it will cause unlawful absence. It is the individual teacher who can change the registration.

Students who arrive late are registered with an unlawful absence throughout the lesson.

Other

As a starting point, job interviews etc. are placed outside of teaching hours. If this is not possible (for example for family events), you must arrange the absence directly with your class teacher or the head of education.

In the absence, you are obliged to keep up to date on schoolwork, including homework and announcements.

Procedures for registering excused absenteeism that is not due to illness

Your contact teacher must approve the absence and enter it in Studie+. You must apply for excused absenteeism no later than the day before you are absent.

For students under the age of 18 we will automatically send e-mails to guardians in case of absence via Studie+.

The following entitles you to excused absenteeism:

  • Medical specialist, hospital and emergency appointments with a dentist, doctor or the like. Documentation may be required; e.g. a medical certificate or a copy of a notice from a specialist physician. Documentation is provided to the student counselor. The school principal and your classroom teacher have access to the documentation.
  • Internship conversations. Documentation may be required for the interview or the employer may contact the school.
  • School-related work agreed with the school. The student must register the cause in Studie+
  • Official exams and exams related to the education as well as any out-of-school teaching.
  • Theory test, driving test, motorway driving and driving practice under special conditions such as on icy roads – i.e. NOT ordinary theory lessons and driving lessons.
  • Military draft board
  • The very day of death and funeral of immediate family.

Follow-up on absence

Through absence statistics, the class teacher is obliged to keep up to date with the absence. Absence is followed up every Monday as a minimum.

If a student reaches more than 5% in a subject and / or in total absence, the subject teacher / class teacher holds an initial interview.

If a student reaches more than 10% in a subject and / or in total absence, the head of the school holds an interview where an oral warning is given.

If a student reaches more than 15% in a subject and / or in total absence, the head of the school holds a conversation in which a written warning is given.

In all cases, guardianship for students under the age of 18 will be informed.

Consequences and penalties for absence etc.

It is up to the school’s management to assess which consequence / sanction is appropriate in the specific situation. In particularly severe cases or in repeat cases, the school does not have to issue a warning before it imposes more extensive sanctions.

  • Exclusion from specific events or activities
  • Temporary exclusion from teaching for an agreed period of time (recorded as unlawful absence)
  • Expulsion (school discharge)
  • Stop of SU (the State Education Fund)
  • Involvement of parents / guardians, the municipality, police and / or other public bodies
  • For cheating in internal assignments and tests: Written warning. In case of repeated cases, the examinee cannot attend exam.
  • In case of late submission of assignment: They count as not completed assignment. Assignment is understood as both written and oral submissions.
  • In case of cheating at the exam: Expulsion from the exam, and a new test can only be taken for the next exam period
  • Claims for compensation for things or personal injury (possibly via insurance company)
  • Claims for compensation for failure to return school materials, books, computers, etc. New price is required
  • Discharge at one’s own expense (e.g. from study trips and other events)
  • Requirements for a course of treatment (e.g. Syddjurs’ Rehab Center)

Students with education agreement

In case of illness, you must also report to your employer in accordance with the guidelines applicable in the company concerned.

In rare cases, we can resort to expulsion or resignation if none of the above conversations have had the desired effect.

For students under the age of 18, parents or guardians will be informed. For students over the age of 18, parents or guardians can be informed in agreement with the student.

IT

All students have access to our WIFI.  The system can be overloaded to the detriment of all, when someone chooses to use illegal programs to download and share files. You are therefore not allowed to use illegal programs let alone put a strain on the network in general by downloading large amounts of data.

Order

  • In general – clean up after yourself wherever you are.
  • Respect and fulfil the instructions from the staff.
  • Service and food must not be removed from the dining room, except in case of sickness. Always follow the kitchen staff’s instructions.
  • Cars may only be parked in the parking lot.
  • Bicycles should be parked in the shed.
  • Do not bring pets to school.

Narcotics and alcohol

Narcotics
Possession and / or use of all kinds of drugs lead to immediate expulsion from the school.
If anyone exhibits a behaviour that warrants suspicion of drug use, he or she will be part of the school required urine test, and renouncing the test lead will lead to expulsion with immediate effect.

Alcohol
The agricultural school is a place of learning, training and working for many people of different backgrounds. Everyone has to get up early every day to follow classes or do their job.

Therfore, we have the following rules for alcohol:
All events at Kalø Organic Agricultural College are basically alcohol-free.

Alcohol is allowed at the school on special occasions, but only if there is an agreement with the school’s head of education or his/her deputy.

There must be no alcohol or alcohol consumption in your rooms or in the living areas.

Alcohol consumption can only take place in the café (Hegnet) during the café evenings from 19 – 22 o’clock. These evenings are not for partying let alone immense consumption of alcohol.

Partying is only permitted during weekends (Friday or Saturday) and exclusively when responsible participants from the café-committee are present (at least 2) and always in agreement with the responsible teacher.

Alcohol that can be consumed at the Agricultural School is limited to beer, wine or similar substances. Hard liquor is not allowed.

You are not allowed to bring your own drinks to the café; they must be purchased there.

We reserve the right to make agreements with individual classes and students in relation to amended rules, when age and experience prompt it.
The café is only open to students from the school. If you want to invite a guest, you must fill out a guest registration in the office no later than the day before.

Permission from teachers or guardian
For people under 18 years of age, a written alcohol-permission from parent or guardian is required and must be send to the class teacher by mail or e-mail.

Smoke-free school

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College there are smoke-free school hours valid from the time you arrive until your last teaching lessons end. This means that you are not allowed to smoke, vape or use snus during school hours, neither on school grounds nor outside school grounds.

This applies to all tobacco-related products, i.e. products with tobacco and nicotine that are not approved as medicines – including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snus, tobacco-free snus, heated tobacco and the like – but also other related products such as e-cigarettes without nicotine, as there is a negative effect for all these products.

Smoking
Smoking is only allowed outside the shed called “Gadekæret” underneath the roof extension.

Smoking in your room prompts cleaning from an external supplier. The price is kr. 2.500,-.

Detachment of smoke-alarms will result in a penalty of kr. 5.000,-

Additional information

  • For study trips, excursions and conferences, smoke-free school hours apply to the scheduled teaching time.
  • At Friday cafés, it is permitted to use tobacco outside the school area after the last teaching lesson.
  • At apprenticeship tests and end-of-term celebrations, it is permitted to use tobacco outside the school area after the last teaching lesson.
  • At student parties and other special events, permission can be given to use tobacco outside of school grounds.
  • In school homes, smoking is allowed under the eaves at the folk high school’s building “Gadekæret” after school hours. Smoking in the room entails cleaning from an external supplier. You will receive a bill of DKK 2,500. Dismantling of fire alarms will result in a fine of DKK 5,000.

Violence or threaths of violence

Violence and/or threats of violence against students, teachers or other personnel will result in immediate expulsion from school.

Theft

Theft leads to police notification and expulsion with immediate effect.

FAQ

  • Is there a deadline for applying to the school courses?

You can apply to the courses until the day the course begins. However, if the course is filled up before that, you will be signed up for a waiting list instead.

  • Can I be sure to get a room at the school home?

Yes. If you chose to live at the school home when filling out the application form, you will automatically be assigned a room. You will get access to your assigned room on the day of arrival. If you need to arrive on the day before, please contact student counsellor Annette aeje@videndjurs.dk.

  • When does the school day start and finish?

The typical schedule is from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. On Mondays, you start at 9.30 am.

  • Can I apply for the state educational grant while on basic course ?

Yes. While on basic course, you can apply for the state educational grant (SU). Since it is a vocational education, you can still apply even if you used all your grants during university. If you are a non-Danish citizen, you will have to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to apply. For more information, please contact Bente Lund at su@videndjurs.dk.

  • How is the education structured?

You can read about the structure of the education here: https://videndjurs.dk/en/kaloe-organic-agricultural-college/skilled-farmer-global-organic-farmer.

Economy

State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme

Every Dane aged 18 and above is entitled to public support for his or her education. Students are given grants by the Danish State to cover living costs so that students can fully concentrate on their studies.

Normally you must be a citizen of Denmark to be entitled to SU. If you are a foreign citizen, however, you have the possibility of applying for equal status with Danish citizens and thus being approved to receive SU.

If you are not a Danish citizen, you must fulfill certain conditions to be placed on an equal status with Danish citizens and receive state education grant (SU) for education in Denmark. For instance, you must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. 

For further information, please visit: www.su.dk/english/

If you do not have an education agreement with a farmer, you can get SU during your school stay on basic course, if you are at least 18 years of age.

If you have an education agreement with a farmer, you will receive a trainee salary during your school stays.

You only get SU during basic course. During the internship, and in the subsequent school periods, you will receive a trainee salary.

As the education is classified as a youth education, you do not spend any of your monthly portion of your SU grant (SU-clips).

You can apply for SU when you have been notified that you have been admitted to an education at the earliest - and at the earliest one month before you start your basic course.

For more information, contact our SU-secretary at su@videndjurs.dk

The school home

The price for food and accommodation is 587* DKK per week (Monday-Friday), during the basic course.

If our room capacity allows it, you can apply for a single room and it would cost 250 DDK extra per week. We work with the principle; first come first served. Please note that if you have been provided with a single room you keep that room for the whole school period.

For your information the rooms are only distributed right up to the start when we know how many students are coming.

If you do not live at the school, the price for a daily meal for lunch and coffee in the afternoon is 250 DKK/week.

*Subject to price changes

Grants

You also have the opportunity to apply for grants that support students in education. Some are free to use, others you have to pay for specific services. You can e.g. apply for financial support for stays abroad, study trips and leisure activities. Examples of websites where you can search: 

https://www.legatbogen.dk/

https://www.fundraising.how/

Open Days

If you would like to hear more about the education at Kalø Organic Agricultural College, please visit us at one of our Open Days. Here you can see our facilities, talk to students and teachers and feel the environment at the school.

  • Saturday September 2nd, 2023, 10:00-16:00 (Harvest Market)
  • Saturday December 2nd, 2023, 10:00-16:00 (Christmas Market)
  • Thursday November 16th, 2023, 15:00-18:00 at Århusvej 49, 8500 Grenaa
  • Saturday January 27th, 2024, 10:00-14:00

Guests

If you have family or friends visit you should no later than 2 days in advance go to the office and register and pay for board and logde. You will inform the kitchen. You are allowed guests 2-4 days , not for longer periods.

Guest prices:

Overnight per. person (if the quest is able to sleep in your room it is free)

DKK. 130,- per. overnight per. person

Rent of bed linen and towel

DKK. 70,-

Breakfast

DKK. 35,-

Lunch

DKK. 50,-

Dinner

DKK. 50,-


Paid in advance to mobilepay 54789.

Driver's license

As a large part of the education involves working with machines and tractors, it is necessary to have a driver’s license. If you don’t have a driver’s license when you start your education, a tractor driver’s license will be a compulsory part of your teaching.

If you have a driver’s license B it is also valid for driving tractor on public roads.

On basic course, you will have training in driving with tractor even though you have a driver’s license for a car.

If you have a driver’s license which isn´t an EU driver’s license please contact www.borger.dk to have the driver’s license exchanged to an EU driver´s license.

Applying for residence permit (EU)

You need to bring a valid passport with at least 6 months left before expiration. This is important in order to obtain your residency in Denmark.

Contact the student counsellor for more information. 

Public transport

There is a bus stop right by the school and there are buses going to Aarhus (55 min) and Ebeltoft (20 min) on an hourly basis. Bus no. 123 to Aarhus stops in Rønde where there are supermarkets, a pharmacy and shops for everyday needs.

Use Rejseplanen.dk to plan your trip or download the app.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting a Danish personal accident insurance and a home content insurance for the duration of your stay at the school. There are Danish websites that specialise in finding the cheapest insurance for you.

Students are covered by the school’s injury insurance in certain circumstances. It covers you if an injury occurs in connection with “teaching under workplace conditions”. That is, when you work / receive teaching at one of the school’s workshops or laboratories. If damage arises due to inappropriate behaviour or by unregulated use of machines or tools, the school’s insurance does not cover. In such cases, your own insurance should cover.

On study trips abroad, the school provides a travel insurance for all participants.

In all other teaching, transport, excursion and break situations, in case of theft, etc. you are not covered by the school’s insurance, but by your own insurance. The school encourages you to have a valid home, travel, liability and accident insurance.

Checklist

Remember to bring the following to Kalø:

  • Working clothes
  • Safety wellington boots and/or safety shoes
  • 2 photos passport size if you are not from Denmark
  • Your driver’s license
  • Your CV
  • European health insurance (blue card). It will cover you until your registration in the Danish system
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Duvet & pillow, towels and linen (you can rent some at the school, so if you need it, send an email to Rikke at rikr@videndjurs.dk
  • Writing materials
  • Computer/Laptop

Useful phone numbers

If situations occur Monday –  Friday after 16.00 and on weekends, which demands that a staff member steps in, the following persons can be contacted:

Teacher Louise Øe Madsen: +45 25 21 42 41

Farm manager Gabriella Olah: +45 52 92 37 42

Headmaster Nikolaj Houkjær: +45 30 32 85 45

Doctors

Emergency medical service: 7011 3131

Lægerne Solsortevej: 8637 1255
Solsortevej 10, 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 9.00-12.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.

Læge Marianne Bjerager: 8636 7922
Hovedgaden 11, 1., 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 09.00-12.00

Lægerne Ulrik & Stork8637 2888
Birkevej 37, 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 9.00-14.00.

Dentists

Linda & Ole Torkov: 8637 1101
Gartnervangen 1, 8410 Rønde
Consultation kl. 8.15 – 17.00.

Tandlægehuset  Rønde: 7011 0110
Birkevej 9, 8410 Rønde
Consultation kl. 8.00 – 17.00

About Kalø

Welcome to Kalø

The Only Organic Agricultural College in Denmark
Kalø Organic Agricultural College has about eighty to a hundred students and twenty employees; all of them passionate about organic farming. That makes us the largest organic agricultural school in Denmark.

As the only agricultural school in Denmark we have international classes and lessons in English. 

Kalø Organic Agriculture College is located in a rural setting on the edge of a forest and close to the sea, three kilometres from Rønde, a mid-size city with all the necessary facilities, and thirty kilometres from Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark.

The school emphasizes practical skills, and the school farm is an important part of the education and everyday life. The practical learning facilities include around fifty hectares of organically cultivated farmland for crops and vegetables, greenhouses, machinery equipment, facilities for raising our pigs, sheep, dairy cows and steers.

We offer full boarding for all students here at the school. Boarding includes three meals per day and complimentary morning and afternoon coffee and bread. We have an excellent kitchen that provides our students with organic food in addition to vegetarian and vegan options.

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College we offer you an organic and sustainable education based on the world we are facing right now and will be facing in the future.

In a time of climate change, focus on global food production, environmental considerations and a political agenda, it is important to have an education that takes care of just this.

You can get it here on Kalø - we are Denmark's only organic agricultural school and we take the responsibility seriously. You can feel it in the form of dedicated and competent teachers, a school farm in a class of its own and a nice and innovative school environment.

History

The foundation of the agricultural school
Djursland Højskole / Kalø Landboskole in Lyngby on Djursland was established in 1897, where the first few students arrived at the school at a time of great progress for the Danish folk high schools and agricultural schools.

The school was situated in Lyngby at that time, 10 km. northeast of its current location. The school would eventually develop into Kalø Landboskole & Sproghøjskolen on Kalø, then later to Kalø Landboskole/Kalø Agricultural School before reaching its final name Kalø Organic Agricultural College.

In this perspective, Kalø Organic Agricultural College has roots in the old, fine Danish traditions of public enlightenment and political liberation.

The organic agricultural school in Store Vildmose in Vendsyssel
On 15 September 1982, the first class of hopeful students started at the organic agricultural school Den Økologiske Jordbrugsskole, which at the time was located in Store Vildmose in Vendsyssel.

In the months prior, a group of organic pioneers had succeeded in establishing the organic agricultural school. They had strong, distinctive attitudes and a desire to develop an alternative to contemporary agriculture and cultivation in Denmark, with both greater respect for and in a much closer interaction with nature.

Kalø Organic Agricultural College on Kalø on Djursland
On 1 March 2003, Kalø Agricultural School merged with the Den Økologiske Jordbrugsskole, and Kalø Organic Agricultural College became a reality - a brand new school with new untested possibilities and great expectations.

In 2014, Kalø Organic Agricultural College merged with Viden Djurs, which is the most important educational player on Djursland. This has provided even more opportunities for the college, and Kalø Organic Agricultural College is today the only school in Europe offering an organic agricultural education in English.

Organic farming

For us, ’organic’ isn’t simply a form of production or a set of regulations, but rather a fundamental mindset and perspective of life, that sets the foundation of all the school’s activities. This means that we care about nature, climate, energy use, soil fertility, responsible food production, quality products, recirculation of nutrients and not the least animal welfare.

All of this is part of a holistic way of thinking. This means we don’t view these aspects as individual points, but rather as parts of a whole, where everything has to be developed and contribute to a more green and sustainable future.

More specifically, this means that:

  • All of our farming related teaching is based on the organic principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care (read more about the organic principles (ifoam.bio/why-organic/shaping-agriculture/four-principles-organic)
  • We run our school farm organically and with a big focus on crop rotation, a broad variation of crops, biodiversity, old livestock breeds, etc.
  • Our kitchen has the Gold standard in the Organic Cuisine Label (read more: https://www.oekologisk-spisemaerke.dk/horeca-en)
  • We are an active participant in the general debate in society about organic agriculture and sustainability and we engage politically, partly through the effort of creating an organic specialization in the Danish farm education.
  • We strive towards a high degree of self-sufficiency, both in regards to feed and nutrients in our farm, but also the food we cook, sell and eat in our cantina.

Community

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College we see community as the strongest force for human growth. We believe that human relations are central for general well-being, both personally and collectively. We strive to create an environment at Kalø, where everybody feels at home, and no-one is left out. At the same time, we want an environment that promotes personal and professional development, and where we can lift each other up.

We do this by making the school an open place with good opportunities for forming strong relations – partly through communal living at our student housing, shared afternoon and evening events, our student driven café, and other social activities. Furthermore, we see group work and shared school projects as an important part of the education. Through this you learn to build and strengthen good values such as cooperation, responsibility, and trust.

The community at Kalø does not only include those who are at the school at a given moment. Once you have been a part of Kalø you are part of the Kalø-family. Then you are always more than welcome to visit us or contact us any other way. Likewise, we at Kalø strive to stay connected with students, who are out in the world.

Student Housing

Cosy Rooms
Most students choose to live at the school during their studies. It is a cheap way to live, and a way in which student can get the most out of the study and the social activities that are available on site.

We have cosy rooms in different sizes and all rooms are fully furnished with shared sanitary facilities down the hall. The halls have small tea kitchens and seating areas. It is possible to rent bedclothes, a duvet and a pillow.

We offer full boarding for all students here at the college during your studies. This means you will be able to stay at the college during your basic course, the first and second main course. During your internships, you will have to find your own accommodation. Farms often offer accommodation or help you to find something suitable locally.

During your stay at the college, you might be required to share a room with someone depending on vacancy. The halls are not gender separated. This means that male and female students share a hall and sanitary facilities.

Except during epidemics, it is possible as a student to host guests (family or friends). If your guest stays overnight it is free of charge in your own room, but it is possible to rent a room. Your guest may participate in meals but all charges for food and accommodation must be paid at the office before arrival. Read more on our page “General and practical info”.

Payment for rent of your room takes place after moving in.

Economy
The price for food and accommodation during basic course is DKK 587 Mon-Fri. If our room capacity allows it, you can apply for a single room, and then the price will be DKK 250 extra pr. week - that is DKK 837 in total.

You must be aware that if you choose a single room, you commit to this throughout the school period.

If you do not live at the school, the price for food is DKK 250 Mon-Fri. Payment for food is paid on the 1st of each month.

Contact
You are always welcome to call us if you are in doubt about something. Annette Esbjerg Jensen, Phone: +45 20 37 30 05

Take a Virtual Tour here

Campus facilities

Kalø Organic Agricultural College is located in a scenic nature-area and has a campus with a long history rich in tradition as well as a good partnership with Kalø Højskole. The facilities are at your disposal through your entire education.

On the school itself there is, apart from our school farm; a dining hall, common living areas, a fitness room, “Folden”, with pool, table tennis, foosball, and board games, “Hegnet”, which is both open during weekdays as a study room and a cozy hang-out place, but also sometimes in the evenings and weekends, where a committee throws parties, concerts, quiz nights, etc. In addition to that, farming students have access to the Folk High School’s park, bonfire place, shelter, football field, beach volley court, gym hall, and fitness room. Many activities are driven by student, so there are plenty opportunities for influencing how the school’s facilities are being used.

Furthermore, the surroundings offer at great variety of experiences. The school is surrounded my Ringelmose Forest and Hestehave Forest, where there are very good routes for hikes, runs, or bike trips. The school is also adjacent to the sea, where there is a nice beach for swimming, Nappedam Marina, and Nappedam Winter Bathing Club, which is open between October and April and open for memberships from Kalø students. In walking distance from the school, you canr each Kalø Castle Ruin, a typical destination for students during their first week at Kalø. Every year there are several vintage car’s meetings here as well.

Finally, Kalø Oganic Agricultural College is located in Mols Bjerge National Park, which includes amazing places such as Trehøje, Karpenhøj, the Mols Laboratory, and many more.

Explore the facilities in our Virtual Tour

Food

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, we are very proud of our kitchen. We have a dedicated kitchen staff who make a healthy and varied diet from organic ingredients, where a large part is produced at the school. The kitchen offers both vegetarian and vegan dishes.

At our school farm we produce both vegetables on our fields, milk, cheese and honey as well as poultry, lamb, pork and beef, and as a student you will take part in our production as a part of the teaching.

We know our ingredients

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College, organic food is self-evident and our kitchen continually strives to increase the percentage of organic ingredients used to prepare meals for our students.

Our excellent kitchen staff are dedicated to preparing fresh, seasonal and organic meals for our students and staff. Both traditional Danish food is served as well as dishes inspired by other countries' traditions and of course according to the staff’s own creativity.

The kitchen has great knowledge of vegetarian and vegan food and nutrition. For special needs, e.g. allergies, certain diets, etc., contact the kitchen.

Boarding includes three meals as well as coffee/tea and bread in the afternoon.

If you do not live at the school, the price for a daily meal is 250 DKK/week. Read more about the pricing under the menu item School home if you will be living in the school home.

If you invite guests for dinner, contact the headmaster and the kitchen at least two days in advance for prices etc.

Kalø Organic Agricultural College has been rewarded with:

Student Council

At Kalø Organic Agricultural School there are two permanent school councils.

  • a student council, which handles and manages the funds for events and activities
  • a café committee, responsible for the weekly café and the monthly parties in "The Fence”

Students are welcome to join the Student Council and help share fellow students' ideas, interests and concerns with teachers. It is a leisure activity and provides a great opportunity to be part of the school's development.

 

Education Committee

The Local Education Committee must advise the school on issues relating to the programs covered by the committee and to promote cooperation between the local business community and the school. In addition, the local education committee advises the school on new training needs at local and regional level and on the need for renewal and revision of existing continuing education.

The overall framework for the content of the teaching and the completion of the basic course examination is approved by the local educational committee. The local education committee is:

The local education committee at  Kalø Organic Agricultural College

Malene Aaris, chairman, malene.aaris@icloud.com

appointed by Viden Djurs

Thomas Helle, allerup22@gmail.com

appointed by Landbrug & Fødevarer

Heidi Karnøe, heidi.karnoe@3F.dk

appointed by 3F

Nikolaj Houkjær, niho@kalo.dk

appointed employee

Rasmus Vestergaard Madsen

appointed by Økologisk Landsforening

Quality

Go to VID Online Select the item "Log ind som gæst" (LOGIN AS A GUEST).

Scroll down for material in english.

Education

Local curriculum

All vocational schools draw up local curricula for both basic and main courses.

Local curricula and descriptions for vocational educations under Viden Djurs can be accessed on VIDOnline (the school’s virtual learning platform).

Go to VID Online. Select the item "Log ind som gæst" (LOGIN AS A GUEST).

Here you can read about the teaching practice on your education. The local teaching plans have been prepared by the school’s teachers in collaboration with, among others, the local education committee.

The school farm

Kalø Organic Agricultural College has its own school farm called Brogården. The school's agriculture runs approx. 65 hectares of agricultural land, in addition to Brogården's stable system where we have pigs, milking herds, sheep and poultry.

The aim of Brogården is first and foremost to function as a demonstration farm for the school's students. In addition, agriculture supplies food for the school's own kitchen and a large part of what is eaten in our canteen is our own production. In addition, vegetables and meat are produced for the school's farm shop.

Purpose of Brogården:

  • Be an asset in the teaching context.
  • Demonstration of experience, knowledge, learning and research.
  • Market and brand the school in the local area.
  • Self-sufficiency.
  • Connects the connection between livestock and plant breeding as well as theory and practice.
  • Production platform and product development for the retail market.

Within livestock farming, we concentrate on:

  • Old Danish livestock breeds
  • Diversity
  • Unique stable conditions
  • Animal welfare

In plant breeding, we concentrate on:

  • Large vegetable production
  • Many and versatile varieties
  • Experiment with different cultivation methods
  • Student projects that are integrated into the teaching

Our machine park

We have a large fleet of machines so that our students are able to, and gain familiarity with, operating a wide portfolio of machines and tools.

We collaborate with the surrounding farms to achieve as much versatility in our production as possible, both within animal husbandry and plant breeding.

Take a look around on our Virtual Tour

Digital platforms

You will need to bring a computer/laptop; this is a prerequisite for your education.

E-learning and written assignments are an essential part of our teaching and you will be working with your computer on a daily basis. 

Relevant links:

Studie+
On Studie+ you can see your schedule and send and receive messages from your teachers. It is also here you must report a cause of absence, i.e. disease, if you cannot participate in class. You can download an app for your phone, where some of the features are available. It is recommended to activate notifications, so you don’t miss out on important information.

VID Online
VID Online is an education platform, where you can find all the material related to your classes. It is here you can see you lesson plan for each subject – including homework.
You can also see the education plan, where the learning goals of each subject is described, as well as which parts of the agricultural education's executive order that is covered in the various subject.

Office 365
During the education you will be using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. You are given the Microsoft Office-package for free, when you arrive at the school. You can download the package through the link above.

Studiz
On Studiz you can acces you student card online. It is also available as an app.

Differences between Basic Course 2 - 10 or 20 weeks

Hear our student counsellor Annette tell about the different courses at Kalø Organic Agricultural College.

Internship

About internships

Internships are an essential part of the education to acquire practical farming skills, to deepen your agricultural knowledge and put theory into perspective. Your time working on a farm will be an important experience in the process of becoming an organic farmer.

In collaboration with Kalø Organic Agricultural College, the internship company will play an important role for the individual student in education.

The internship company completes the internship so that it, together with the school teaching, leads to the student being able to achieve the goals of the education.

The company collaborates with the school to determine the student's personal education plan according to the rules. The internship company plans the internship in the company, taking into account the company's type and production.

Get started early
Finding the right internship may take some time. Farmers are busy and not always easy to get in contact with. We recommend to start looking for an internship when you start your basic course.

How do I find an internship?
The students are responsible for finding an internship but the study advisor will assist you in this process. We have many contacts but it is an important part of your learning process to find the right farm for you. Keep in mind that the farm you choose does not have to be organic to be approved.

Here you will find an overview of approved internships in Denmark:

Salary in Denmark and abroad

If you get a Danish apprenticeship, the farmer will pay you a Union-based salary during your apprenticeship and during your school course. While you are attending school, the farmer will be reimbursed for approximately 95% of your salary by AUB as well as the expenses for your food and housing and you daily travel expenses to and from school in the weekends.

The salary in Denmark is following the agreement between GLS-A and 3F . The farmer must comply with the agreement to be approved to take on students. If you are over 25 when you make the agreement, it is possible to receive adult student salary. It is of utmost importance that you check whether you are entitled to subsidies for adult salary at the job center in the municipality, where you have you address.

Regarding salary when you have your apprenticeship abroad, there are no union-based salary agreement abroad. However, it still must be a paid apprenticeship, you cannot work as a volunteer. The salary must be at least 470 euro per month, which is the equivalent of receiving food and housing. The salary abroad is negotiated between the student and the farmer.

Internship requirements

Although many smaller or alternative farms may catch your interest, there are certain requirements. Keep in mind that you are training to become a farmer who after his education should be able to professionally run an organic food production and have an understanding of how to produce, market and sell your products whether it is small-, mid- or large scale production. It is crucial that you obtain practical experience on a farm that makes their living of their production.

Internships needs to be approved
Your internship has the purpose for you to obtain practical skills and knowledge. Nevertheless, there are requirements to your education during an internship.

You may find a smaller farm that meets the requirement that the owner lives of his food production and working there sounds intriguing.

But will you have the opportunity to work with various machines of smaller and larger scale, learn about up-to-date plant production or be able to take care of livestock in a modern context?

Therefore, your internship needs to be approved by our business  in terms of educational and production requirements.

In Denmark
Lærepladsen.dk is an updated list of approved internships in Denmark.

Jobstafet.dk – Agriculture’s largest job portal

Abroad
Read more about subsidies for internships abroad HERE.

For companies

Become approved as internship

Education agreement

AUB (The Employer's Reimbursement Fund)

  • Here you can read about AUB, which pays subsidies to public and private employers who have paid salaries to students during school stays and education.
  • www.virk.dk

Contact us

Contact our Business Consultant if you have any questions regarding internships

  • KLAUS ANKJÆR
    Telephone: +45 20 19 50 62
    E-mail: kas@videndjurs.dk

We are ready to support you

Meet Klaus and Annette, who are ready to support you in your search for an apprenticeship. 

 

Rules and Norms

A good stay depends on a good community

A good stay with us depends on everybody contributing to the community.

A community is good when everyone seeks to live in accordance to the values and the standards we set. No one likes to be controlled and be disciplined all the time; it just creates a culture driven by distrust and strong regulations.

Confidence and self-control is something that make everyone grow. Therefore, it is imperative that everybody who has their everyday life at Kalø work together and contribute to the community and take responsibility not just to his own well-being, but also others’ well-being.

As a school we try not to spend great energy and efforts to enforce rules and identify inappropriate behaviour. Therefore, we only have few rules, and therefore expect that everybody who are here support our standards.

These rules are based on our values, our experience and good common practice on Danish Agricultural Schools. You ought to focus on working with yourself for training purposes and being able to handle a job on a farm.

Below you can read about our norms and rules at Kalø.

Attendance

Students must attend all classes and corridor meetings incl. cleaning and participate in the washing-up in the kitchen and other obligatory events that may be outside of normal teaching.

Work load

All school courses at Kalø are full-time studies. This means that you should expect a workload of 37 hours a week. They are divided between teacher-led teaching, study café and homework.

Sickness / Illness

In case of illness and absence, you must notify it on Studie+ before 8.00 in the morning.

Illness and absence are registered by going to the schedule in Uddata+ and clicking on the 3 dots at the relevant scheduled lessons and selecting the cause. The registration must be made in the browser version of Studie+ on a computer, as it is not yet fully implemented in the app version.

If you are too ill to notify it on Studie+ yourself, ask a room- or classmate or a teacher to help, and if necessary, to call a doctor. If you are sick for more than 1 day you should travel home to your family or your nearest relatives.

In sickness or if you are late, you are obligated to notify it on Studie+, and you are also obliged to contact your employer if you have a Danish education agreement.

REMEMBER that you ought to notify your sickness on Studie+ every day – also for longer periods of illness.

In case of sickness, you do not have access to the dining hall. You are welcome to ask a room- or classmate to bring you a dish.

Absence

Unlawful absence

In absence without a legitimate notice on Studie+ it will cause unlawful absence. It is the individual teacher who can change the registration.

Students who arrive late are registered with an unlawful absence throughout the lesson.

Other

As a starting point, job interviews etc. are placed outside of teaching hours. If this is not possible (for example for family events), you must arrange the absence directly with your class teacher or the head of education.

In the absence, you are obliged to keep up to date on schoolwork, including homework and announcements.

Procedures for registering excused absenteeism that is not due to illness

Your contact teacher must approve the absence and enter it in Studie+. You must apply for excused absenteeism no later than the day before you are absent.

For students under the age of 18 we will automatically send e-mails to guardians in case of absence via Studie+.

The following entitles you to excused absenteeism:

  • Medical specialist, hospital and emergency appointments with a dentist, doctor or the like. Documentation may be required; e.g. a medical certificate or a copy of a notice from a specialist physician. Documentation is provided to the student counselor. The school principal and your classroom teacher have access to the documentation.
  • Internship conversations. Documentation may be required for the interview or the employer may contact the school.
  • School-related work agreed with the school. The student must register the cause in Studie+
  • Official exams and exams related to the education as well as any out-of-school teaching.
  • Theory test, driving test, motorway driving and driving practice under special conditions such as on icy roads – i.e. NOT ordinary theory lessons and driving lessons.
  • Military draft board
  • The very day of death and funeral of immediate family.

Follow-up on absence

Through absence statistics, the class teacher is obliged to keep up to date with the absence. Absence is followed up every Monday as a minimum.

If a student reaches more than 5% in a subject and / or in total absence, the subject teacher / class teacher holds an initial interview.

If a student reaches more than 10% in a subject and / or in total absence, the head of the school holds an interview where an oral warning is given.

If a student reaches more than 15% in a subject and / or in total absence, the head of the school holds a conversation in which a written warning is given.

In all cases, guardianship for students under the age of 18 will be informed.

Consequences and penalties for absence etc.

It is up to the school’s management to assess which consequence / sanction is appropriate in the specific situation. In particularly severe cases or in repeat cases, the school does not have to issue a warning before it imposes more extensive sanctions.

  • Exclusion from specific events or activities
  • Temporary exclusion from teaching for an agreed period of time (recorded as unlawful absence)
  • Expulsion (school discharge)
  • Stop of SU (the State Education Fund)
  • Involvement of parents / guardians, the municipality, police and / or other public bodies
  • For cheating in internal assignments and tests: Written warning. In case of repeated cases, the examinee cannot attend exam.
  • In case of late submission of assignment: They count as not completed assignment. Assignment is understood as both written and oral submissions.
  • In case of cheating at the exam: Expulsion from the exam, and a new test can only be taken for the next exam period
  • Claims for compensation for things or personal injury (possibly via insurance company)
  • Claims for compensation for failure to return school materials, books, computers, etc. New price is required
  • Discharge at one’s own expense (e.g. from study trips and other events)
  • Requirements for a course of treatment (e.g. Syddjurs’ Rehab Center)

Students with education agreement

In case of illness, you must also report to your employer in accordance with the guidelines applicable in the company concerned.

In rare cases, we can resort to expulsion or resignation if none of the above conversations have had the desired effect.

For students under the age of 18, parents or guardians will be informed. For students over the age of 18, parents or guardians can be informed in agreement with the student.

IT

All students have access to our WIFI.  The system can be overloaded to the detriment of all, when someone chooses to use illegal programs to download and share files. You are therefore not allowed to use illegal programs let alone put a strain on the network in general by downloading large amounts of data.

Order

  • In general – clean up after yourself wherever you are.
  • Respect and fulfil the instructions from the staff.
  • Service and food must not be removed from the dining room, except in case of sickness. Always follow the kitchen staff’s instructions.
  • Cars may only be parked in the parking lot.
  • Bicycles should be parked in the shed.
  • Do not bring pets to school.

Narcotics and alcohol

Narcotics
Possession and / or use of all kinds of drugs lead to immediate expulsion from the school.
If anyone exhibits a behaviour that warrants suspicion of drug use, he or she will be part of the school required urine test, and renouncing the test lead will lead to expulsion with immediate effect.

Alcohol
The agricultural school is a place of learning, training and working for many people of different backgrounds. Everyone has to get up early every day to follow classes or do their job.

Therfore, we have the following rules for alcohol:
All events at Kalø Organic Agricultural College are basically alcohol-free.

Alcohol is allowed at the school on special occasions, but only if there is an agreement with the school’s head of education or his/her deputy.

There must be no alcohol or alcohol consumption in your rooms or in the living areas.

Alcohol consumption can only take place in the café (Hegnet) during the café evenings from 19 – 22 o’clock. These evenings are not for partying let alone immense consumption of alcohol.

Partying is only permitted during weekends (Friday or Saturday) and exclusively when responsible participants from the café-committee are present (at least 2) and always in agreement with the responsible teacher.

Alcohol that can be consumed at the Agricultural School is limited to beer, wine or similar substances. Hard liquor is not allowed.

You are not allowed to bring your own drinks to the café; they must be purchased there.

We reserve the right to make agreements with individual classes and students in relation to amended rules, when age and experience prompt it.
The café is only open to students from the school. If you want to invite a guest, you must fill out a guest registration in the office no later than the day before.

Permission from teachers or guardian
For people under 18 years of age, a written alcohol-permission from parent or guardian is required and must be send to the class teacher by mail or e-mail.

Smoke-free school

At Kalø Organic Agricultural College there are smoke-free school hours valid from the time you arrive until your last teaching lessons end. This means that you are not allowed to smoke, vape or use snus during school hours, neither on school grounds nor outside school grounds.

This applies to all tobacco-related products, i.e. products with tobacco and nicotine that are not approved as medicines – including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snus, tobacco-free snus, heated tobacco and the like – but also other related products such as e-cigarettes without nicotine, as there is a negative effect for all these products.

Smoking
Smoking is only allowed outside the shed called “Gadekæret” underneath the roof extension.

Smoking in your room prompts cleaning from an external supplier. The price is kr. 2.500,-.

Detachment of smoke-alarms will result in a penalty of kr. 5.000,-

Additional information

  • For study trips, excursions and conferences, smoke-free school hours apply to the scheduled teaching time.
  • At Friday cafés, it is permitted to use tobacco outside the school area after the last teaching lesson.
  • At apprenticeship tests and end-of-term celebrations, it is permitted to use tobacco outside the school area after the last teaching lesson.
  • At student parties and other special events, permission can be given to use tobacco outside of school grounds.
  • In school homes, smoking is allowed under the eaves at the folk high school’s building “Gadekæret” after school hours. Smoking in the room entails cleaning from an external supplier. You will receive a bill of DKK 2,500. Dismantling of fire alarms will result in a fine of DKK 5,000.

Violence or threaths of violence

Violence and/or threats of violence against students, teachers or other personnel will result in immediate expulsion from school.

Theft

Theft leads to police notification and expulsion with immediate effect.

General Information

FAQ

  • Is there a deadline for applying to the school courses?

You can apply to the courses until the day the course begins. However, if the course is filled up before that, you will be signed up for a waiting list instead.

  • Can I be sure to get a room at the school home?

Yes. If you chose to live at the school home when filling out the application form, you will automatically be assigned a room. You will get access to your assigned room on the day of arrival. If you need to arrive on the day before, please contact student counsellor Annette aeje@videndjurs.dk.

  • When does the school day start and finish?

The typical schedule is from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. On Mondays, you start at 9.30 am.

  • Can I apply for the state educational grant while on basic course ?

Yes. While on basic course, you can apply for the state educational grant (SU). Since it is a vocational education, you can still apply even if you used all your grants during university. If you are a non-Danish citizen, you will have to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to apply. For more information, please contact Bente Lund at su@videndjurs.dk.

  • How is the education structured?

You can read about the structure of the education here: https://videndjurs.dk/en/kaloe-organic-agricultural-college/skilled-farmer-global-organic-farmer.

Economy

State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme

Every Dane aged 18 and above is entitled to public support for his or her education. Students are given grants by the Danish State to cover living costs so that students can fully concentrate on their studies.

Normally you must be a citizen of Denmark to be entitled to SU. If you are a foreign citizen, however, you have the possibility of applying for equal status with Danish citizens and thus being approved to receive SU.

If you are not a Danish citizen, you must fulfill certain conditions to be placed on an equal status with Danish citizens and receive state education grant (SU) for education in Denmark. For instance, you must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. 

For further information, please visit: www.su.dk/english/

If you do not have an education agreement with a farmer, you can get SU during your school stay on basic course, if you are at least 18 years of age.

If you have an education agreement with a farmer, you will receive a trainee salary during your school stays.

You only get SU during basic course. During the internship, and in the subsequent school periods, you will receive a trainee salary.

As the education is classified as a youth education, you do not spend any of your monthly portion of your SU grant (SU-clips).

You can apply for SU when you have been notified that you have been admitted to an education at the earliest - and at the earliest one month before you start your basic course.

For more information, contact our SU-secretary at su@videndjurs.dk

The school home

The price for food and accommodation is 587* DKK per week (Monday-Friday), during the basic course.

If our room capacity allows it, you can apply for a single room and it would cost 250 DDK extra per week. We work with the principle; first come first served. Please note that if you have been provided with a single room you keep that room for the whole school period.

For your information the rooms are only distributed right up to the start when we know how many students are coming.

If you do not live at the school, the price for a daily meal for lunch and coffee in the afternoon is 250 DKK/week.

*Subject to price changes

Grants

You also have the opportunity to apply for grants that support students in education. Some are free to use, others you have to pay for specific services. You can e.g. apply for financial support for stays abroad, study trips and leisure activities. Examples of websites where you can search: 

https://www.legatbogen.dk/

https://www.fundraising.how/

Open Days

If you would like to hear more about the education at Kalø Organic Agricultural College, please visit us at one of our Open Days. Here you can see our facilities, talk to students and teachers and feel the environment at the school.

  • Saturday September 2nd, 2023, 10:00-16:00 (Harvest Market)
  • Saturday December 2nd, 2023, 10:00-16:00 (Christmas Market)
  • Thursday November 16th, 2023, 15:00-18:00 at Århusvej 49, 8500 Grenaa
  • Saturday January 27th, 2024, 10:00-14:00

Guests

If you have family or friends visit you should no later than 2 days in advance go to the office and register and pay for board and logde. You will inform the kitchen. You are allowed guests 2-4 days , not for longer periods.

Guest prices:

Overnight per. person (if the quest is able to sleep in your room it is free)

DKK. 130,- per. overnight per. person

Rent of bed linen and towel

DKK. 70,-

Breakfast

DKK. 35,-

Lunch

DKK. 50,-

Dinner

DKK. 50,-


Paid in advance to mobilepay 54789.

Driver's license

As a large part of the education involves working with machines and tractors, it is necessary to have a driver’s license. If you don’t have a driver’s license when you start your education, a tractor driver’s license will be a compulsory part of your teaching.

If you have a driver’s license B it is also valid for driving tractor on public roads.

On basic course, you will have training in driving with tractor even though you have a driver’s license for a car.

If you have a driver’s license which isn´t an EU driver’s license please contact www.borger.dk to have the driver’s license exchanged to an EU driver´s license.

Applying for residence permit (EU)

You need to bring a valid passport with at least 6 months left before expiration. This is important in order to obtain your residency in Denmark.

Contact the student counsellor for more information. 

Public transport

There is a bus stop right by the school and there are buses going to Aarhus (55 min) and Ebeltoft (20 min) on an hourly basis. Bus no. 123 to Aarhus stops in Rønde where there are supermarkets, a pharmacy and shops for everyday needs.

Use Rejseplanen.dk to plan your trip or download the app.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting a Danish personal accident insurance and a home content insurance for the duration of your stay at the school. There are Danish websites that specialise in finding the cheapest insurance for you.

Students are covered by the school’s injury insurance in certain circumstances. It covers you if an injury occurs in connection with “teaching under workplace conditions”. That is, when you work / receive teaching at one of the school’s workshops or laboratories. If damage arises due to inappropriate behaviour or by unregulated use of machines or tools, the school’s insurance does not cover. In such cases, your own insurance should cover.

On study trips abroad, the school provides a travel insurance for all participants.

In all other teaching, transport, excursion and break situations, in case of theft, etc. you are not covered by the school’s insurance, but by your own insurance. The school encourages you to have a valid home, travel, liability and accident insurance.

Checklist

Remember to bring the following to Kalø:

  • Working clothes
  • Safety wellington boots and/or safety shoes
  • 2 photos passport size if you are not from Denmark
  • Your driver’s license
  • Your CV
  • European health insurance (blue card). It will cover you until your registration in the Danish system
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Duvet & pillow, towels and linen (you can rent some at the school, so if you need it, send an email to Rikke at rikr@videndjurs.dk
  • Writing materials
  • Computer/Laptop

Useful phone numbers

If situations occur Monday –  Friday after 16.00 and on weekends, which demands that a staff member steps in, the following persons can be contacted:

Teacher Louise Øe Madsen: +45 25 21 42 41

Farm manager Gabriella Olah: +45 52 92 37 42

Headmaster Nikolaj Houkjær: +45 30 32 85 45

Doctors

Emergency medical service: 7011 3131

Lægerne Solsortevej: 8637 1255
Solsortevej 10, 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 9.00-12.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.

Læge Marianne Bjerager: 8636 7922
Hovedgaden 11, 1., 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 09.00-12.00

Lægerne Ulrik & Stork8637 2888
Birkevej 37, 8410 Rønde
Phone consultation 8.00-9.00.
Consultation only if you made an appointment.
Medicine-ordering and appointment-booking 9.00-14.00.

Dentists

Linda & Ole Torkov: 8637 1101
Gartnervangen 1, 8410 Rønde
Consultation kl. 8.15 – 17.00.

Tandlægehuset  Rønde: 7011 0110
Birkevej 9, 8410 Rønde
Consultation kl. 8.00 – 17.00

AN EDUCATION WITH OPPORTUNITIES

An education at Kalø Organic Agricultural College opens the doors to an exciting future where ecology and sustainability are at the center.

 

My dream is to create a community where we cultivate the land and the food collectively and, in this way, also get a relationship with the food, the land and the landscape we live in. It is exciting to get to know the land and understand what it consists of - the textures, minerals, nutrients and what you can do to look after it and make it fertile.

- Nynne, student at Kalø Organic Agricultural College

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