Outdoor Living & Learning Community

The Outdoor Living & Learning Community is a highly selective opportunity to take an active role in engaging yourself in life in Copenhagen through sports and an active outdoor lifestyle.

This is your ideal LLC if you want to meet the challenge of exploring the outdoors while living in a city. With your roommates, you get to see and try countless opportunities related to the beautiful city and surroundings of Copenhagen, such as biking, kayaking, hiking, climbing, while also building various outdoor skills and exploring what the concept of being ‘outdoorsy’ really means in a city.

Commitment and Community

Being in the Outdoor LLC means committing yourself to actively seeking your own adventures with guidance by your coordinator.

You will be challenged to build a community with a shared identity and values within a study abroad context, one that challenges the way you see your own identity. What will your next outdoor adventure be?

Learning Objectives for the Outdoor LLC

  • Build a strong sense of community among members of the community through shared experiences
  • Explore, connect to, and appreciate the natural environment around Copenhagen and beyond
  • Reflect on the many ways to use a cityscape – in Denmark and the U.S. – by gaining a better understanding of combining big city life with outdoor lifestyle
  • Experience and acquire practical skills with activities such as kayaking, climbing, urban sports, cooking food over a bonfire, sleeping outdoors, and much more
  • Become inspired by LLC guests and fellow students to seek out the next adventure whenever you get the chance

Examples of Outdoor LLC Activities (may vary each semester)

  • Going biking
  • Camping out over a weekend
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Winterbathing

Meet the Outdoor LLC Coordinator

Anton 

Anton is educated as a Friluftsvejleder (Outdoor Guide) and has a great passion for the outdoors. He is an expert in kayaking, canoeing, and skiing. With a constantly growing expertise in teaching all sorts of outdoor classes, he is slowly becoming a full-time and full-blooded outdoor person.

Due to his education, jobs, and general passion for the outdoors, Anton has gathered quite a network within the field and uses this to facilitate many different outdoor activities – even in the city of Copenhagen.

In his spare time, Anton likes to go climbing, kayaking, and biking, but all sorts of sport and movement usually catch his attention. He has been working with the Outdoor LLC since 2014.

Benjamin 

Benjamin has a big and growing passion for the outdoors. His outdoor adventure started in high school, where a good friend took him along on a rock climbing trip to Germany. This lead to many years in the local climbing gym and climbing adventures in both Sweden, France, and Germany. Following his outdoor pursuit, he was educated as a friluftsvejleder, an outdoor guide, and has since worked as a ski instructor in Trysil, Norway. Benjamin loves to travel and explore new places and has hiked and traveled in Nepal, Greenland, and Vietnam. In recent years, he has found profound happiness for the more simple adventures closer to his backyard.

At the moment, Benjamin is studying to be a school teacher and hopes that the outdoor classroom will be a part of his future work and profession as a teacher. Benjamin lives outside of Copenhagen in a newly built Eco Society with his daughter and fiancé, where he is trying to find a way to live life more in tune with nature. Benjamin has been with DIS since 2019.