At the Medieval Center, we have a large group of committed volunteers who bring Sundkøbing to life. The volunteers live in the houses in the medieval town, communicate with our guests, and make Sundkøbing a holistic experience.
At the same time, the volunteers have a good social community - many come back year after year after year. They take their children who grow up and take their children with them.
Many volunteers have an interest in the Middle Ages, crafts, and history and specialize in a craft, but many also come as a family to enjoy the surroundings and the different summer holidays that the Medieval Center offers.
A unique way to meet new people, strengthen your interests, and have amazing experiences.
Do you want to be a citizen of Sundkøbing?
To become a volunteer at the Medieval Center, you must complete a beginner course, where you acquire a basic knowledge of the Middle Ages and learn to act in the medieval town of Sundkøbing.
In the courses, you will be introduced to communication, history, the art and practicalities of living in a medieval house, clothing, etc.
The course takes place over a weekend and two courses are held each year in the spring.
The courses are held in Danish.
The dates for the courses will be posted on the website in October of the previous year. You can not register before that.
You must be 14 years old to be able to participate in the course.
The course fee is DKK 500,- per person and includes all the meals from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
After the beginner course, which is the theoretical part, it's time to try volunteering in the medieval town in practical terms.
You must have a "trial weekend" in May or June before the high season starts. This is so that you can try your hand at everything new before you are here for a whole week in the high season.
You do not pay to volunteer at the Medieval Center, apart from the beginner course and the annual contingent for the Guldborgsund Guild.
You get food and lodging. i.e. you sleep in the medieval houses and make your own food from the ingredients the Medieval Center provides.
During opening hours, you undertake to wear medieval clothing and participate in the daily program as well as the work in the medieval town.
Authenticity is the keyword.
In addition to being an open-air museum, the Medieval Center is also a pedagogical activity center and an experimental archaeological research center. We place very, very much emphasis on authenticity, and therefore accept no forms of modern things in the medieval town during the opening hours of the Medieval Center. No phones, watches, make-up, jewelry (wedding ring is accepted), unnatural hair colors, piercings, visible tattoos, etc. Here it is very important to mention that we do not accept glasses either. Contact lenses are of course ok to use.
In addition to participating in a beginners course, you must join the Guldborgsund Guild, the Medieval Center's support association.
It costs 350, - per year, and this contingent is used for e.g. improvement of the physical conditions in the volunteer areas, support for guilds, and support for study trips. The Guldborgsund Guild also arranges excursions and parties.
About 4 times a year they publish the member magazine Strudhætten with info and small articles about different topics. Every winter they hold workshops for the members, where you can learn to sew shoes and clothing, wickerwork, fencing, and much more.
You can read more about volunteering on their website: www.guldborgsundgildet.dk (the website is currently only available in Danish).