Once upon a time a city girl came to Vedersø

Both a reader and a writer, Sidse Thestesen came to Vedersø to spread the word about The InternationalI am an academic mind with a creative soul. This is the main reason why I chose to combine my two educational backgrounds: Anthropology and Journalism.

As an avid bookworn - it's incredibly cool to sometimes be the one who has written what is being read. 

Born and raised in Odense on the wonderful island of Funen but at this point, I have lived all over - both in Denmark and abroad such as Copenhagen, Aarhus, Washington DC and York. 

I am curious about the world and its many cultures, passionate about communication - and love working with people. So it was quite a dream come true when I got hired as Communications Manager and teacher at the International in the Spring of 2019. 

I teach:

  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism/Media
  • Handball


Masters Degree in Journalism, 2018, Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism Bachelor in Anthropology, 2016, Aarhus University

International experience:
2012-2013: Washington DC working as an au pair for a Danish/Italian family
2016: Unversity exchange at The University of York in England


Country on my bucket listIceland - it's such an interesting country in terms of both nature and culture. And I want to see the northern lights and try the hot springs.

My primary goal in working with young people

For me, the personal development of our students in a strong community is the heart of what we do at TI. To dare to be oneself - to believe in oneself - while contributing to the community in one's own unique way. Those are qualities that you can use for the rest of your life - and something we try to nurture in every student who comes to the school. It's incredible what a difference a year can make. There is simply no better feeling than when a student comes to you and tells you that he or she can feel that they have grown and become more confident in who they are - that the school has made a difference. 

My favourite quoteI would rather be weird than boring!

Sidse's speciality; Communication and badgering students for pictures

- Let me take a picture of you all

Communication is (from my point of view) our strongest and most important tool as human beings. Why? Communication creates relations and connects people across many kinds of borders. 

When we communicate we can share our knowledge and stories - and in that way make individuals a part of many different communities. 

At this point in time, we have an overwhelming amount of ways, channels and methods in which to communicate with each other: Tweets, pictures, conversations, books, videos are just a few products of communication. 

It's an incredibly broad, diverse and complicated area - that I find incredibly exciting, fun and challenging to work with for TI.

And it's always fun when the students help out. Even though they sometimes get a bit tired of me and my camera butting in.

My coolest hashtag#poseplease

Why TI?

The energy and love that goes into this project from everyone who works here are quite simply amazing and one-of-a-kind.