All teams at Kaospilot go on what is called an Outpost. The students live, study and work with local projects and partners for four months in a country outside of Scandinavia. Also the students form their own organization for the team.

This year the Outpost is in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Outpost gives the students many new perspectives, also on their own learning. Read some perspectives here.

 

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Daniel Morsøe Christiansen, Team 20

 

What has been your tasks and responsibilities during the Outpost?

I worked on two different projects. Firstly with “Young in Prison”, I partnered with some ex inmates who have started their own art collective. Together we developed and prototyped new business models. The other, I was project lead for Once in Cape Town’s project, “Once on a road trip”. This project was based around fundraising, developing and executing a hostel bus that was fuelled for the socially conscious traveller. It entailed a lot of tasks like a fundraising campaign, launch party, prototypes to name a few.

 

What has been your greatest experience so far?

I would say prototyping the “once on a road trip” concept at Afrika Burn. The concept was based around creating a wondering hostel that bridged cultures, passions and creativity. Afrika Burn was a playground for us to test and play with different concepts, ideas, people and experiences. The festival itself also created many perspectives about life, love, society, people and everything in between.

 

What has been your biggest learning so far?

Your dropping the big question now man!, Ok, I think that it would be; don’t bite off more than you can chew. This is definitely the biggest learning for me. We had a very ambitious project, basically to fundraise a whole concept and to execute a very large investment in order for this concept to work. We re-evaluated half-way through and decided to just do concept development, rather than actually executing the whole project.

 

If you were to give advice to someone else going on an outpost, what would that be?

Don’t bite off more than you can chew! And make sure you have some bite behind your bark, that is – walk the walk not just the talk.

Make sure you create a life outside of project work. Drift. Get lost. Ask stupid questions. Take field trips, and forget about perfection.

 

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Ana Metz Castan, Team 2, Kaospilot Switzerland

 

What have been your tasks and responsibilities during the outpost?

I have been engaged in two different external projects. In this sense I feel like a big part of it has been for us to balance organizational goals and also our personal needs when in a different context. My biggest responsibility has been to bring myself into the organization system in the best way possible.

 

What has been your greatest experience up until this point?

Two different very good experiences:

One is to work in a group with likeminded people. You don’t have to wait too much to align, there is this spark and you are in flow! And everything just seems to bloom and things happen and everyone knows how they contribute best. So working in a group in this setting has been a very meaningful professional experience to me.

In a cultural context: We have been doing some workshops at a local school. There is something about going there, bringing something, and then when you leave, not only they take their paper wrapped up home, but you also bring so much that you learn from them. When I returned to the same school, there was this girl who was four-five years old, and she said “you’re back”, hugging me. Wow! It’s a physical demonstration of something you are really giving. That has been very cool.

 

What has been your biggest learning until now?

It’s still not done! But it’s very much in self-leadership – how can I explore different levels of leadership. It’s not only engaging people and trying to make things going. It is also about: How can I make this sustainable for myself? How can I have energy enough and not go over hours, but find a balance between working, having fun and the need for rest. The outpost frames have given me this opportunity to explore myself in a challenging setting, but with the safety of having a group around me.

 

If you were to give advice to someone going on an outpost, what would that be?

Leave your expectations at the door before packing. That’s important, because then frustrations will not meet your way. Things will not be as you expected anyway so it is better to just be curious. And stay curios constantly!

 

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Stine Thorsgaard Kjær, Team 20

 

What have been your tasks and responsibilities during the outpost?

Very much to follow, actually. All semester I have been a really strong leader, it feels natural for me to go in front. But at the Outpost I would try to not take any leading positions.

I came down with the intention that all of my actions should be with the benefit of the organization and not necessarily me. So I have thought about doing something that would serve the organization all the time. It’s been fun – and interesting.

 

What was your greatest experience?

I think school wise, it‘s very much the Africa Burn Outreach, which was a project where we went up in the desert and helped the people.

It felt like a very direct impact because you could just see how it changed their world that we were there. Working with people who see life and the world really differently than yourself is very fascinating.

And just a small thing; that we took cameras up there. Many of them had never heard their own voice and many of them had never seen a moment freeze. We recorded interviews and took photos of them, and it was very, very emotional when they heard and saw themselves for the first time. It’s not big, but it’s just a wonderful impact!

 

What has been your biggest learning?

I think that if a good group work should function you should find each other with a common sense of passion and a common way of working. That is as important as the project you work on; how you actually want to work. Then everything will manage.

 

If you were to give advice to someone else going on an outpost, what would that be?

To not have too specific expectations, coming down here, because things will not be as you expected anyway.

I have been very, very fortunate that I didn’t. Everything has managed so well, but I can also see how it can break up a lot of good group dynamics, if people have too high ambitions. Don’t aim for changing the whole world with this, but take everything as it comes.

 

 

Rebecka Cada, Team 20

 

What have been your tasks and responsibilities during this outpost?

I have been working as a leader in internal communication in the organization and I’ve also been working in a group called ISA mentorship, developing a mentorship program for an organisation called Innovate South Africa.

 

What has been the greatest experience?

There have been many different experiences giving me different things. Sometimes challenging experiences teach you a lot too, like losing a passport or struggling to find a home. The outpost has been filled with so many experiences! I’ve been out dining in townships with locals, canoeing and exploring waterfalls in Swellendam, zip gliding down the mountains by Franschhoek, climbing Table mountain and I’ve had so many interesting meetings with people. I don’t think I can say what would be the greatest one. Personally I made a lot of close friends in South Africa. Being so welcomed, appreciated and included in a group of locals meant a great deal to me, and taught me a lot about the local context.

 

What has been the greatest learning – so far?

I haven’t figured it all out yet. I think I’ve learned a lot about myself. A lot of valuable things for going into third year of the education – what I want to do, what I’m good at and what I need to develop more. But I have also learned a lot about how to run an organisation and cultural contexts.

 

If you were to give advice to others going on an outpost, what would that be?

Something about looking into what you need to thrive, know what the basic things are for you to do well in life, and set yourself up for success that way. Dare to go out of your comfort zone and explore. Let people touch your heart!