FROM THE ARCHIVES: In August 2008 the BBC aired an investigation uncovering serious concerns over the College for International Cooperation and Development, a Tvind-run ‘Travelling Folk High School’ still active in East Yorkshire, UK.
It was the third time in ten years that the BBC had been told about student walkouts at the college. The report also said that “all of these incidents have shared a common theme: deep unhappiness at the way CICD is run, and the emphasis the college places on physical labour.”
The BBC story includes interviews with two of the dozen students who had walked out, all of them claiming they were being exploited.
Said one former CICD student, David Rose (pictured):
“There’s nothing. There’s no information ― nothing. You’re constantly kept busy, and then you’re sent out on the streets ― in Hull or northern towns ― to fundraise. By that I mean selling magazines. And literally begging in the streets.”
The allegations were denied by CICD officials, who are members of Tvind’s inner circle, the Teachers Group (TG). Five TG leaders, including founder Mogens Amdi Petersen, are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.
After a decade in hiding, the lanky, silver-haired guru was photographed by Danish journalists in the summer of 2016 at ‘TG Pacifico’, Tvind’s luxurious international headquarters, on Mexico’s Baja coast.
The BBC’s 2008 report, here, also covered the related used clothes collector, Planet Aid UK.
The transcript to a companion story aired on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Face the Facts’ is here.